Head of Metadata Services

Washington, D.C.
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Created: April 19, 2012


Head of Metadata Services

Georgetown University Library is seeking a dynamic, forward-thinking, innovative, energetic and teamoriented person to serve as Head of the Metadata Services Unit within the Technical Services Department.

The successful candidate will have overall responsibility for providing innovative leadership, vision, planning, and supervision for cataloging and metadata services. The incumbent will set priorities; allocate resources; develop plans, policies and practices within the unit/department; supervise operations for original and copy cataloging of print, multi-media resources, special collections/rare books, electronic monographs, serials, and databases using MARC or other metadata formats; oversee physicalprocessing functions; provide leadership for knowledgeable staff in an environment of anticipated change; create a positive work environment; deliver digital initiatives support; monitor the national and international trends in metadata creation and direct on-going review and revision of library-wide metadata/cataloging policies and procedures; serve as the resource person to all Library staff answering inquiries and providing interpretations on existing and emerging metadata standards and rules; collaborate and work with other library units to create metadata for digital and special collections; oversee the Library’s participation in cooperative metadata endeavors such as NACO; serve as a member of the Technical Services Department’s Management Team; serve on library and university wide committees and task forces and initiatives as required. This position reports directly to the Head of Technical Services. Directly reporting to this position are 2 catalogers and 1 Receiving/Copy Cataloging Supervisor, 4 indirect reports and 1-3 student(s). Additional indirect reporting may also include staff that performs metadata creation work within other departments, copy cataloging, and physical processing. Work is performed according to priorities set by the Department Head and within guidelines and procedures established for the Department.


The candidate must have an ALA-accredited MLS degree, at least 2 years progressively increasing supervisory/management/leadership experience, along with demonstrated knowledge and experience with provision of metadata/cataloging services, including those related to digital initiatives within an academic or research library setting. The candidate must demonstrate excellent verbal and written skills. Experience working with metadata creation for institutional repositories is highly preferred. Working knowledge of MARC21and non-MARC metadata schema including but not limited to metadata formats, such as Dublin Core, EAD, METS, MODS, OAI, and XML required. Familiarity with data interchange standards (e.g., OAI-PMH); knowledge of the semantic web and linked data; experience with digital content management systems such as DSpace and ContentDM; knowledge of current standards such as AACR2, LCSH, LC Classification, NACO and forthcoming changes with FRBR, RDA and MARC; and emerging technologies in cataloging services, including those related to digital libraries and special collections is highly preferred.


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. Apply online at www.library.georgetown.edu/employment. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until filled.  Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

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