Metadata Management Librarian

Washington, D.C.
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Created: June 9, 2011



Position: Metadata Management Librarian Appointment Rank:

Appointment at the rank of Librarian I (entry level; minimum salary $47,000) or Librarian II (minimum 2 years experience; minimum salary $50,600 or Librarian III, minimum 7 years experience; minimum salary $61, 100). Rank and salary depend on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time 12 month, salary and benefits will commensurate with experience and qualifications of the person selected.

Position Description:

Under the direction of Resource Description Coordinator, the incumbent is a member of Resource Description Group (RDG) and the greater cataloging group within The George Washington University Libraries.  The RDG is one of four units within Content Management Department, a part of the Library’s Division of Digital Initiatives and Content Management.  The RDG is responsible for describing and providing access to library collections including serial and monographic content in all formats. 

  • Performs original and complex metadata creation for all formats--print and non-print-- that the Library collects.

  • Takes an active role in training, works closely with, and supervises paraprofessionals in a futuristic, fast paced and production-driven environment by taking full advantage of available metadata, helper applications, and emerging technology to augment, enhance and reuse the resource description for access to Library collections.

  • Assumes a leadership role in designing, implementing and conducting training, resource description, data analysis for all Library projects where metadata is the essential component, including but not exclusively, manuscripts, archival materials, and digital content acquired from the Special Collections Research Center and other sources.

  • Participates in Library planning, serves on Library, University-wide and Washington Research Library Consortium committees.

  • The George Washington University librarians are expected to be active in librarianship, contribute to developments in the field and perform additional duties as assigned.
  Basic Qualifications:
  • ALA-accredited Masters in library/information science, or relevant post-Bachelors degree coursework and demonstrated experience.

  • Minimum 2 or 3 years experience in an academic library, museum, archive, or a comparable environment.

  • Experience in creating, editing, and transforming non-MARC metadata, such as EAD or others.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in basic organizational, descriptive, structural metadata standards and best practices, such as RDA, AACR, DACS, DCRM(B), MARC21, Dublin Core, MODS, etc., thesauri, controlled vocabulary, identity disambiguation.

 Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in using OCLC Connexion and an integrated library system, preferably Voyager

  • Familiarity with UNIX or LINUX operating systems

  • Familiarity with related XML technologies such as XSLT

  • Familiarity with one scripting or similar programming languages

  • Experience in using open source tools and/or free software such as MarcEdit

  • Working knowledge of at least one modern Western European language

  • Working knowledge of at least one Middle Eastern language

  • Familiarity with metadata creation for manuscripts, archival, rare and special collections materials

  • One to three years of original cataloging or metadata creation experience in a variety of formats

  • Experience with producing reports using MS Access or a similar reporting application

  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving skills, and computer skills, including project management

  • Effective oral, written communication and interpersonal skills

Review Date:

 Review of applications will begin March 4, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Procedure:

Only complete applications will be considered.  Please send a letter containing a brief statement of interest and an assessment of skills related to the basic qualifications, a curriculum vita, and complete contact information for at least 3 references to:

Emma Mosby

Director, Administrative Services

The Gelman Library, Room 201

The George Washington University

2130 H Street, NW, Room 201

Washington, DC 20052



Published: Thursday, June 9, 2011 16:52 UTC

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