Metadata and Acquisitions Librarian

Oct 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Metadata and Acquisitions Librarian

St. Edward's University's Munday Library is looking for a collaborative, innovative, and knowledgeable person to become our new Metadata and Acquisitions Librarian. We encourage applicants who are eager to learn, who are passionate about solving problems, and who enjoy being challenged. This position manages metadata and processing activities, and the acquisitions program for library resources in a dynamic liberal arts university in Austin, Texas. The position is currently available and review of applications begins immediately.

The Metadata and Acquisitions Librarian manages metadata, acquisitions, and processing activities for all library resources. This is a full-time position and it reports to the library director.

• Manages cataloging and classification activities for all materials, including original and copy-cataloging
• Manages metadata and library systems to extract, manipulate and fix metadata, as well as implements solutions for automation and challenges related to library data. Manages all batch record manipulation.
• Oversees LSP database quality control, including authority control functions to maximize data utility for patrons and library staff
• Provides, maintains, and improves access to electronic resources via library services platforms, vendor services and software, knowledgebases, A-to-Z lists, proxy servers, and/or link resolvers for internal and external users
• Supports other projects that have a metadata component, such as those associated with Special Collections
• Oversees the library collection budget utilizing library services platform(LSP) acquisitions module (Alma) and University financial enterprise resource planning (Banner) system
• Manages a wide variety of acquisitions models and vendors, including traditional library jobbers, credit card purchasing via consumer websites, standing orders, open-access, and patron-driven variants
• Coordinates the collections' acquisition, payment, invoicing, and processing for print and electronic resources (books, serials, databases and media)
• Manages budget allocations and establishes calendar deadlines for ordering materials with Collection Development Librarian.
• Develops, implements, trains, and maintains workflows, procedures, and documentation for metadata, processing, and acquisition processes
• Participates in collection development work, especially to advise on and enhance the discoverability of resources in conjunction with the User Experience Librarian and Collection Development Librarian
• Liaises with the University Business Office/University Accounts Payable
• Provides technical support for the library collections
• Supervises 1 full time library assistant (including training and evaluation)
• Participates in the library's instruction program
• Liaises with selected academic departments for instruction and collection development
• Other duties as assigned

• ALA-accredited master's degree in library and information science (or a foreign equivalent)
• Minimum 3 years of experience with metadata, cataloging and acquisitions
• Demonstrated knowledge of established and emerging current national and international metadata standards, formats, and best practices for acquisitions, cataloging, and resource management: AACR/RDA, MARC, EAD, Dublin Core, LCSH, LC Classification, and managing local authority and subject records, ANSI, NISO, KBART, PIE-J, SERU, and/or ERMI.
• Experience with integrated library systems/library service platforms and bibliographic knowledgebases and possesses an understanding of discovery layers
• Demonstrated planning, project management, organization, problem-solving, and communication skills
• Demonstrated experience automating repetitive data manipulation tasks employing tools and techniques such as MARCEdit and Excel, especially for batch record manipulation.
• Ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as independently
• Experience with budgeting and budget planning in an academic library
• Experience with EDI and EOD
• Possess a strong customer service orientation
• Complete an employment and/or criminal history background check.

• Demonstrated engagement with the future of library metadata and a working understanding of linked data principles and emerging systems to support linked data (e.g. BIBFRAME)
• Aptitude for complex, analytical, and technical work with an attention to detail.
• Record of involvement or desire to engage with Special Collections and other cataloging communities
• Coding knowledge for text and data manipulation
• Supervisory experience
• Alma experience

About St. Edward's University:
U.S. News & World Report has recognized St. Edward's University for 10 consecutive years as one of "America's Best Colleges". Ranking in the top 20 of "Best Regional Universities in the Western Region", we take pride in our welcoming community atmosphere of approximately 800 faculty and staff as we serve more than 4,600 students.

The Munday Library is a sixteen-person academic library that supports the university, its mission, and serves as the intellectual heart of the university. St. Edward's University's Munday Library is committed to developing employees and supporting their career goals, and helping them learn and grow with a host of meaningful experiences and opportunities.

How to Apply:
Qualified applicants are invited to submit an application online at Please attach a letter of interest, resume, and a contact list of three references. NO PHONE CALLS. Consideration of applicants will begin immediately and continue until filled. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

An overview of St. Edward's University employee benefits is available at

St. Edward's University is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage women and minorities to apply to our vacancies and hire only U.S. Citizens and documented workers. We do not offer Sponsorship at this time.