Metadata Librarian

Fairfax, Virginia
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience
Jan 31, 2019
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Metadata Librarian

The George Mason University Libraries seek to fill the position of the Metadata Librarian. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment. 


The Metadata Librarian establishes procedures for the creation, maintenance, and reuse of metadata for digital and nontraditional library collections. The incumbent performs quality control on metadata for digital collections; transforms metadata for ingest into Mason’s institutional repository, digital collections platforms, and Mason’s contribution to Digital Virginias (a new DPLA hub). The Metadata Librarian is expected to stay abreast of evolving national and international post-MARC cataloging developments; assist in the development, documentation, and implementation of new policies and procedures; and work collegially across the Libraries, University, and Washington Research Library Consortium. The incumbent performs complex copy and original description of a variety of audiovisual and other materials as needed and creates and edits name authority records for inclusion in the Library of Congress Name Authority File. The Metadata Librarian may also participate in catalog management and record enhancement activities; retrieve and edit record sets, train and oversee the work of staff; and serve on local and regional library committees as appropriate. 


  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science OR an equivalent certified foreign degree;
  • Demonstrated experience with Dublin Core, MODS, EAD, and other metadata content standards;
  • Experience with XML, XSLT, and/or other tools or macros for large-scale editing/transforming of metadata such as OpenRefine or MarcEdit;
  • Experience with an XML editor such as Oxygen; 
  • Familiarity with authority work; 
  • An understanding of controlled vocabularies, taxonomies, and ontologies; 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach to problem solving and working across organizational boundaries;
  • Aptitude for complex, analytical work with an attention to detail, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and competing deadlines;
  • Ability to build collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with people of varying backgrounds;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; and, 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a congenial team environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with MARC21, RDA, LCSH, LCC; 
  • An awareness of cataloging issues and trends, especially Linked Data-BIBFRAME, and RDF/SPARQL;
  • Knowledge of metadata harvesting tools and protocols; 
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems and content management systems; 
  • Experience providing instruction in metadata concepts; and, 
  • Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language 

12-month professional faculty appointment with rank; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self. 

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience; not less than $55,000. 

Special Instructions to Applicants: 

All applications for this position (FA606z) MUST be submitted online at George Mason’s employment page ( Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references. Questions should be directed to Renee Prokop ([email protected]), Human Resources Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Libraries. Review of applications will begin February 27, 2019.

The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and four other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. One of Virginia’s leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it undergoes extensive transformation in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library—innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at for more information.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.