Metadata Librarian

Job description

Working Title: Metadata Librarian

Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff

Department: University of Virginia Library

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 08-30-2018

Posting Summary:
The University of Virginia Library seeks a Metadata Specialist for its Metadata Creation & Organization unit. Known for the strength and variety of its collections and leadership in digital initiatives, the Library embraces respect, integrity, inclusion, innovation and collaboration in our work within the University, with peer institutions, and with the worldwide community. A staff of 220 manage 7 libraries that serve a vibrant and diverse scholarly community of 15,000 undergraduates, 6,000 graduate students, and 2,000 teaching and research faculty, and visitors from the public and other institutions.

Within Collections Access & Discovery, Metadata Creation & Organization facilitates access to library-owned content that is undescribed or under described, participates in partnerships to share expertise and provide innovation in data management, and engages fully in the mission of the University of Virginia. Reporting to the Manager of Metadata Creation & Organization, the Metadata Specialist supports that mission by collaborating with colleagues within and outside of the department and Library to ensure appropriate and timely access to published materials in all formats and languages.

The Metadata Specialist performs original and complex cataloging for materials in a variety of formats and languages, and across all subject areas. The incumbent creates, enhances, and maintains bibliographic records, providing accurate physical description, determines appropriate access points, and assigns Library of Congress subject headings and classification numbers, or accession numbers as appropriate. The Metadata Specialist creates and edits records in local databases as well as the OCLC database in accordance with cooperative cataloging principles. The incumbent makes decisions regarding choice of records for inclusion in our local database, appropriate access points, level of cataloging required, etc., working with the user and database quality in mind.

A Bachelor's Degree or at least 8 years of relevant experience is required. A Master's Degree in Library Science or similar field is preferred. At least 2 years of experience in a library setting is required. Experience with reading and translating languages other than English is essential. The ability to prioritize job tasks and responsibilities, and manage multiple projects while ensure deadlines are met is required. The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively across teams and departments is imperative. Applicants must possess strong oral and written communication skills, as well as the ability to analyze problems and data. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated experience with creation of metadata in a library setting. Experience working with library standards such as AACR2, RDA, MARC, etc., and library databases, such as OCLC is strongly preferred. Strong knowledge of Arabic, Hebrew, and other Semitic languages is highly desirable, as is knowledge of Library Computer systems.

To apply visit and search for posting #0623952. Complete a Staff Application, attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. The posting will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Rhiannon O'Coin, Academic Recruiter at [email protected]

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We seek to build a culturally diverse intellectual environment and welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of at least one language other than English.

Ability to prioritize job tasks and responsibilities, and manage multiple projects while ensure deadlines are met.

Ability to work independently

Strong Oral and Written communication skills

Ability to analyze problems and data

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Posted: 10/30/2018
Application Due: 11/17/2018
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