Metadata Librarian, Arabic Specialty

Princeton, NJ
Apr 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Princeton University

Library - Main - 41000

Position Summary
The Princeton University Library is one of the world's leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,700 graduate students, 1,200 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, and images. The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities.

Major Responsibilities:
Princeton University Library seeks a flexible and innovative Metadata Librarian with a specialization in the language, history and culture of the Arab World to become part of a team responsible for creating, converting and managing metadata to promote and enhance control of and access to the Library's digital and print collections in Arabic.

The Princeton University Near East Collections constitute one of the major assemblages of Near Eastern research materials in the United States, representing all areas of classical Islamic civilization, with an emphasis on literary, historical, legal, and religious texts.

The position is a member of the Middle East Languages Team and reports to the Director of Cataloging and Metadata Services. The incumbent will provide metadata for new acquisitions in Arabic and for digital initiatives. S/he will collaborate with colleagues within Technical Services and in other Library departments on digital and cataloging projects to enhance access to the collections. The librarian will work with multiple library systems, traditional and modern metadata encoding, and employ tools for cross-walking, storing and re-purposing data. This position will require a firm and broad conceptual understanding of cataloging principles and the ability to apply and adapt them to existing and emerging media in a variety of encoding formats. Success in this position will require a commitment to achieving priority throughput of new acquisitions, a dedication to content quality assurance to foster discovery, and the imagination to arrive at new solutions to both new and traditional challenges, especially through capitalizing on the advantages offered by new technologies.

Applications must include a resume/cv, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information.

This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

Essential Qualifications
- MLS combined with an academic background in Middle Eastern studies; or an advanced degree in Middle Eastern studies with an emphasis on Arabic language, literature, culture, and history.
- Strong reading knowledge of Arabic.
- Ability to Romanize Arabic according to the ALA/LC Romanization table.
- Demonstrated proficiency and familiarity with library-relevant information technology and standards, especially those related to linked data, data visualization, XML and tools for data manipulation.

Preferred Qualifications
- One year of comparable cataloging experience.
- Reading knowledge of other Middle Eastern languages, especially Persian, Hebrew, Turkish, and/or Ottoman Turkish.
- RDA cataloging experience and/or NACO experience.
- Experience providing cataloging and metadata for digital formats, and in creating and editing non-MARC metadata using standards and schema such as Dublin Core, MODS, etc.

Directory Title
Metadata Librarian, Arabic Specialty
Job Function
Regular Professional Library
LR 620
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Full Time
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Eligible for Overtime
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Not Applicable
Education Required
Other-see essential qualifications
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled or See Position Summary.
Instructions for Applying
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