Digital Access and Metadata Librarian

at Emerson College Iwasaki Library (view profile)
Location Boston MA, MA
Date Posted August 7, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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The Digital Access and Metadata Librarian works to implement and maintain digital access projects including: development and implementation of metadata strategies, digitization of analog materials, and digital curation. Collaborates with the Digital Archivist on digital preservation. As part of these initiatives, this position is required to liaise with Library, Instructional Technology Group (ITG), and IT staff, external vendors, and consortia. Core responsibilities include identifying digitization projects, organizing teams to develop workflows, creating and managing metadata, and liaising with stakeholders.

This position is full-time (36.25 hours/week), exempt staff. It is covered under Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 888.



  • ALA accredited master’s degree in library/information science.
  • 3-5 years of experience in a library with metadata project responsibilities, including 1-3 years of project management responsibilities.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, and implement effective programs, complex projects, and services.
  • Knowledge of metadata schemas and standards (such as AACR2, Dublin Core, METS, MODS, PREMIS, RDA, and TEI) and controlled vocabularies such as LCSH.
  • Experience creating original cataloging and metadata for both analog and digital objects, including understanding of DACS and MARC cataloging standards.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current trends in digital curation theory, standards and technologies to enable access to digital records.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to thrive and actively participate in an environment that supports diversity and inclusion.


  • Knowledge of issues related to the ingest, maintenance, and preservation of digital objects.
  • Awareness of developments in the Digital Humanities.


Develops and documents policies and procedures concerning digital objects and metadata, establishes workflow, implements appropriate standards and best practices, and conducts quality assurance for digital collections. Collaborates with Digital Archivist on archival special collections projects. Remains current with emerging standards and strategies.

Provides metadata or complex and original cataloging for materials in analog and electronic formats, such as print books and ebooks, print and electronic serials, streaming and analog media, born-digital and digitized objects, whether owned or licensed by the institution. Oversees batch loading of metadata records.

Works with ITG, IT, Assistant Library Director for Systems and Technology, and external vendors to maintain, troubleshoot and implement systems, both open source and commercial, that form the underlying infrastructure for the Library’s digital platforms such as Shared Shelf and the integrated library system (ILS). Collaborates with Fenway Library Organization librarians, Emerson staff, and stakeholders to evaluate new systems and products.

Works with librarians, archivists, and other staff and faculty to identify and prepare items for digitization. Collaborate with them to create and maintain digital exhibits to enhance discovery of and access to materials.

Assists the library by identifying and applying for grants and external funding for digital initiatives, and other duties as assigned.

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