Special Formats & Metadata Cataloger

Chapel Hill
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Created: July 8, 2013


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an innovative and knowledgeable librarian to serve in the position of Special Formats and Metadata Cataloger. The Special Formats and Metadata Cataloger reports to the head of Special Formats & Metadata with a dotted-line relationship to the head of Digital Repository Services. MARC cataloging is done using OCLC's Connexion Client and the Library's Innovative Interfaces local system; catalogers at the UNC Libraries contribute national-level cataloging through NACO, BIBCO and other PCC programs. The cataloger will also work with developers of the Library's digital repository to develop metadata, crosswalks, and standards for XML-based metadata and will work collaboratively with technical services staff in both the general and special collections.

The Special Formats and Metadata Cataloger is responsible for and maintains an understanding of issues involved in the cataloging of geospatial data, statistical datasets, cartographic resources, locally produced research data, and other data resources as needs arise. The Cataloger contributes to the professional dialogue to improve service and enhance access to library resources and contributes authority records to the national authority files. The Cataloger also helps support the growing workload surrounding non-MARC metadata in the Libraries, and researches metadata standards and best practices as they apply in a variety of disciplines. The individual in this position serves as a resource for staff in all campus libraries, advising on appropriate strategies for creating and managing metadata for a wide variety of digital media formats, including data sets, theses and dissertations, unpublished scholarly work, raw research data, images, audio, and video. The Cataloger participates in the design and development of tools and workflows to support long-term preservation and access to digitized and born-digital materials in the Carolina Digital Repository.

The Data Services section of Davis Library Research & Instructional Services collects statistical and geospatial data sets that directly support the research and classroom needs of UNC faculty, staff and students. The current statistical data collection is heavily weighted toward the social sciences, but patrons may request acquisitions in any subject area. The Library has a large and growing geospatial data collection that is international and interdisciplinary. Geospatial and other datasets are purchased from vendors, received via the Federal Depository Library Program, and collected from state and local data providers. The successful applicant will work closely with Data Services librarians and other subject specialists to provide accurate descriptions and correct holdings information for UNC's data resources.

The Carolina Digital Repository provides ingest, access, and preservation services for digital library collections, University archives, and research data created by members of the UNC community. The Cataloger works closely with development staff in the Library & Information Technology Department and with Library archivists to develop standards, create metadata, and transform researcher-supplied data into appropriate formats to provide access to the unique materials housed in the Carolina Digital Library.


ALA accredited master's degree in library or information science. Demonstrated knowledge of electronic resources cataloging. Working knowledge of online library systems, OCLC, AACR2R, LCRI, LCSH, MARC21 formats and authority control. Knowledge of non-MARC metadata standards such as MODS, Dublin Core, DDI, and FGDC. Solid computer skills including scripting, spreadsheets, and database applications. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Effective organizational and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as cooperatively and flexibly with a wide variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment. Must be able to adapt or design XML schemas and XSLT stylesheets.

Cataloging experience in an academic or research library setting. Knowledge of emerging RDA standards. Experience cataloging cartographic resources. Experience with MarcEdit software and working with batch data. Familiarity with electronic resources standards and related initiatives, and with NACO, BIBCO or other PCC programs. Experience with electronic cataloging support tools such as Classification Web and Cataloger's Desktop. Familiarity with XML and protocols for transfer of metadata. Understanding of linked data and its potential in library environments, the role of persistent identifiers, and the use and management of controlled vocabularies. Ability to work with a wide variety of metadata formats--both standard (MARC, DC, DDI, TEI, EAD, METS, MODS, for example) and ad hoc formats. Ability to design metadata crosswalks to integrate metadata from a variety of formats and sources.

The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country's oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day's drive from Chapel Hill.

The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.

Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on August 8, 2013. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply:
Please visit http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/28348 and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of which must be a current supervisor. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

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