Metadata Librarian/Special Collections

Washington, D.C.
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Created: February 22, 2013


Reporting to the Head of Metadata Services, the Metadata Librarian will work collaboratively with other Metadata Librarian(s) and Metadata Specialists to support the discovery of and access to Library acquired materials in a variety of languages and formats, special collections and digital content through metadata creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance according to local and national cataloging and metadata standards. The Librarian ensures timely access to our entitlements through accurate description of resources; participates in the evaluation of the effectiveness of metadata and performs necessary maintenance tasks on both MARC and non-MARC metadata to ensure its accuracy and continued resource discovery and access for the Georgetown University community; serves as a resource; and collaborates with others as needed to accomplish the goals of the Unit, Department, and Library. Primary responsibility is the original and complex metadata creation for special collections/rare books/digital collections in a variety of subject areas and languages, creating metadata according to nationally accepted standards including descriptive cataloging rules found in the Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials and Books [DCRM(B)]. In cataloging rare books, uses related standards, such as the RBMS genre terms thesauri and AMREMM (Descriptive Cataloging of Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Manuscripts). Also describes digital resources using the appropriate metadata schema (preservation, access, description, etc.) to support the Georgetown University Library's digital collections.

Metadata is provided within the digital library systems and/or within OCLC for inclusion in the local system. Support and serve as a resource to colleagues on metadata issues and practices for special and digital collections. The incumbent will also coordinate quality control projects for non-MARC metadata from digital collections; provide comprehensive and accurate resource description and subject analysis; serve as a resource person for resolving metadata problems; lead the Library's efforts to coordinate best practices in developing a holistic approach to metadata practices in support of improving and increasing the discoverability of the local and unique digital collections; provide input into the Library’s overall success with the Library’s discovery strategy; participate in cooperative metadata endeavors such as NACO; provide metadata consultation, design, and development services to facilitate the use of digital and analog information for research and education; assist Unit Head to develop and coordinate appropriate strategies for organizing and providing access to and enabling discovery of information; collaborating closely with staff in Technical Services, Special Collections, the Gelardin New Media Center, and Library Information Technology to enhance access to the Library’s collections.


* Masters in Library/Information Science from an ALA accredited university required. Additional training or certification in working with rare books or special collections is preferred.
* Minimum 2 years of professional metadata creation experience in an academic or research library, and a minimum of two years professional experience creating metadata for rare and
special collections are required.
* Demonstrated knowledge of MARC and non-MARC metadata formats, standards and schema, such as Dublin Core, METS, EAD, TEI, MODS and AAT
* Working knowledge of special collections and rare book metadata standards including Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials and Books (DCRM(B)), Descriptive Cataloging of Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Manuscripts (AMREMM), and RBMS (Rare Books and Manuscripts Section) genre terms strongly preferred
* Working knowledge of descriptive bibliography and issues specific to rare materials required
* Working knowledge of current metadata standards such as FRBR, Resource Description and Access (RDA), Program for Cooperative Cataloging/Library of Congress Policy Statements, Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Library of Congress Classification (LCC), and other emerging standards required
* Proficiency using computer applications (Windows desktop, word processing, e-mail and internet resources and tools) required
* Experience with a national bibliographic utility such as OCLC required
* Experience with a local online system such as Innovative Interfaces preferred
* Knowledge of issues and current trends in metadata & cataloging standards and practices
* Knowledge of discovery tools and metadata practices supporting discovery, specifically in a library context
* Awareness of current issues and trends in metadata and digital library development
* Knowledge of preservation metadata schemas and practices
* Knowledge of current and emerging approaches for digital preservation
* Demonstrated programming skill and ability (Python, Php, Java, etc.), especially related to metadata manipulation preferred but not required
* Experience using D-Space or other digital management system(s) preferred
* Experience with MarcEdit or other MARC editing tool a plus
* Prior attendance at Rare Book School a plus
* Flexibility to work with multiple assignments and priorities
* Attention to detail required
* Ability to work in a continually changing environment and to exercise initiative
* Ability to work independently as well as part of a team in a dynamic environment
* Demonstrated strong analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills
* Evidence of commitment to professional growth and development
* Aptitude for complex, analytical work with attention to detail, demonstrated problem-solving skills, and flexibility
* Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively prioritizing work to ensure that departmental and library goals are realized
* Demonstrated effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
* Proficiency in Latin and reading knowledge of one or two modern foreign languages
* Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a collegial, team based environment and maintain positive working relationships.
* Knowledge of emerging academic library practices in the support of information organization, discovery and access

Salary/Benefits/Rank: Salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package including 21 days paid leave per year; medical; TIAA/CREF; tuition assistance. This is a 12-month, Academic/Administrative Professional (AAP) appointment.

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