Metadata Librarian

at University of Massachusetts
Location Amherst, Massachusetts
Date Posted February 8, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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The UMass Amherst Libraries seek a dynamic and innovative Metadata Librarian. The Metadata Librarian catalogs materials in a variety of formats using rules and standards such as RDA, LCSH, LCC, MARC, NACO authority rules, Dublin Core, EAD, VRA Core, METS, MODS, etc. Actively participate in discussions relating to discovery, access, retrieval, and management of objects in ILS, discovery, and digital repository systems. Advise on the application of appropriate current and emerging cataloging/metadata schema to facilitate access to digital resources and physical collections. Train others on cataloging/metadata creation and management and work closely with staff throughout the Libraries to provide access to the Libraries’ collections.


Example of Duties:

  1. Catalog material in a variety of formats, with an emphasis on distinctive collections, using traditional rules such as RDA, LCSH, LCC, MARC, NACO authority rules, etc.
  2. Create metadata for description, discovery, access, administration and preservation of both digital and physical objects produced, acquired or held by the Libraries.
  3. Prepare original bibliographic and authority catalog records as appropriate. Solve non-routine cataloging and heading authorization conflicts and problems.
  4. Assist with metadata quality control, cleanup, editing, enhancement, migration, mapping and transformations using tools such as Oxygen, MarcEdit, and OpenRefine. May serve as lead for special cataloging projects.
  5. Provide technical support for the cataloging/metadata in the Libraries' ILS, institutional repository, digital collections platforms, and other discovery systems.
  6. Provide consultations, training, and creation and maintenance of documentation related to cataloging/metadata.
  7. Investigate new tools & standards and assist with the development of best practices related to cataloging/metadata.
  8. Collaborate with colleagues to improve, strengthen and promote library services, content, programs and initiatives.
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to user-centered services. Be knowledgeable about and promote current services, resources and technologies.
  10. Maintain current awareness of issues and trends impacting higher education and understand how these may affect the Libraries.
  11. Participate in the Libraries’ assessment program by collecting, reporting, maintaining, and using data to support evidence-based decisions.
  12. Work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within the Libraries and the campus.
  13. Attend professional development activities as assigned or required to meet departmental goals and objectives.
  14. Oversee the accurate and timely availability of documentation for all procedures and processes.
  15. Participate in library-wide preservation activities.
  16. Perform other related duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the department, the Libraries, and the university.