DATE ENTERED: February 19, 2018
POSITION: Cataloging & Metadata Librarian
LOCATION: William & Mary Libraries, William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
APPLY BY: No date specified

The Cataloging & Metadata Librarian will focus on original and complex cataloging and metadata projects that enhance the discovery of our collections. The position will focus primarily on the special collections of the William & Mary Libraries, but may include other materials that require original cataloging. This position will become expert not just in cataloging, but also in how patrons discover materials through new initiatives such as linked data, RDF, BibFrame, etc. or through websites and online exhibits. They will lead a small group of catalogers in finding scalable workflows to reduce our backlogs and move efficiently through special collections materials while providing accurate, helpful metadata for researchers. Most importantly, they will bring a positive, creative, playful approach to problem solving, serving as an excellent colleague and partner in the discovery of our wonderful collections and resources.

This position is part of the Libraries’ Content Services Team which includes acquisitions, cataloging, systems, continuing resources, budget & finance, digital services, and collection development and is led by the Associate Dean for Collections & Content Services. This position reports to the Head of Cataloging & Metadata and will collaborate closely with their supervisor, the staff they supervise, and others in the team and library on their goals and responsibilities.

Some of the major responsibilities of this position include:

  • Producing original cataloging for various media (including rare books, manuscripts, archives, e-resources) using MARC records (RDA and DCRM standards), and possibly other standards, such as BibFrame description, as the catalog and discovery systems develop.
  • Leading a small team of staff (2.5 positions) to efficiently and thoughtfully provide access to special collections and other library materials. Create a positive work environment that models playful innovation and creativity, efficiency in handling projects, thoughtful listening and collaboration, and using data (including user studies) to make decisions.
  • Collaborate closely with colleagues in Special Collections and Content Services to set priorities, goals, processes, and policies that improve access and usability of our collections.
  • Collaborate and consult with librarians and staff across the library consortia (including librarians at Colonial Williamsburg’s Rockefeller Library and the Law Library of William & Mary) about their cataloging and metadata needs.
  • Serve as a consultant with other librarians on metadata needs of digitized special collections.
  • Focus on forward thinking approaches to the discovery and use of library collections. Research current professional practices and trends. Keep abreast of vendor options and ideas that are developed by groups including OCLC, other academic libraries, and a broad range of web developers who might inform the way we provide access to our materials.

The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator and a stellar project manager. They will combine a good background in cataloging with an open mind about new initiatives designed to improve access to collections. They will strive to be positive and fair as a supervisor and creative and collaborative as colleagues. They’ll be comfortable leading a project and taking the initiative when they see problems that deserve attention. They’ll be interested in the mission and goals of the team and the library at large and eager to support those goals through their primary work and any committees or cross-functional teams they join.

Required Qualifications    

  • Master of Library Science (MLS) or equivalent from an American Library Association accredited program or international equivalent.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in cataloging that includes rare books and/or special collections materials.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to apply cataloging standards such as RDA, DCRM, LCSH, LCC and MARC21 coding.
  • Experience using tools such as OCLC Connexion, MarcEdit, and Cataloger’s Desktop to perform original and complex copy cataloging.
  • Strong commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience working with special collections materials (in public or technical services roles or as a researcher).
  • Adaptable, positive outlook and interest in user experiences and needs.

Preferred Qualifications    

  • Experience cataloging manuscripts, archives, or other special collections materials.
  • Experience creating, reviewing and editing of metadata for digital collections.
  • Awareness/familiarity with existing and emerging metadata standards and schemes, such as RDF, XML, Dublin Core, linked data, and BIBFRAME.

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