Metadata and Cataloging Librarian

Fairfax, Virginia
Salary is commensurate with education and experience
Sep 12, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Metadata and Cataloging Librarian


The George Mason University Libraries seeks to fill the position of Metadata and Cataloging 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.


This position is responsible for original and complex cataloging of a wide variety of newly purchased research materials for the general collection, as well as special collections, including print monographs, serials, audio discs, and maps. The Metadata & Cataloging Librarian also serves as the department lead for original and complex copy cataloging of music scores.

This position contributes to the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, for NACO and BIBCO through the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) funnel. It provides general leadership and support to the department for special projects. The incumbent in this position will be expected to stay abreast of evolving national and international cataloging standards; assist in the development and documentation of local policies and procedures; and work collegially within the department of four librarians and eight paraprofessional staff. Incumbent may also participate in data management and record enhancement activities; train and oversee the work of staff; and serve on local and regional, or national library committees as appropriate.


1. Performs original and complex copy cataloging for special collections materials of various forms and formats; works closely with staff in the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center;
2. Performs original and complex copy cataloging for all music scores in the Libraries’ collections; works closely with the Music and Theater Librarian to support and enhance access to music scores;
3. Performs original and complex copy cataloging of print monographs, serials, audio discs, and maps;
4. Contributes to the Program of Cooperative Cataloging for NACO and BIBCO, creates and enhances authority records, performing related research as necessary;
5. Works collegially with all other University Libraries’ administrative units and distributed libraries; creates and maintains a positive work environment; fosters a climate of equity, collegiality, and cooperation;
6. Prepares and edits policies and procedures, schedules, reports, studies and analyses as needed/requested, for the Metadata Services department;
7. Performs other duties as requested, which fall within the scope of a member of the Libraries’ professional faculty; and
8. May also participate in catalog management and record enhancement activities.



  • ALA-accredited MLS degree OR an equivalent certified foreign degree;
  • Two years professional cataloging experience in an academic library setting;
  • Knowledge of RDA, LC-PCC, LCC, LCRI, LCSH, LCGFT, and MARC21 formats;
  • Experience cataloging scores and special collections materials;
  • Familiarity with cataloging practices and procedures;
  • Knowledge of musical notation;
  • Experience working with automated library systems;
  • 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;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a collegial team environment; and
  • Bibliographic knowledge of one or more Western European languages.


  • Experience with Exlibris Alma or Voyager and OCLC Connexion;
  • Experience with authority control and data management activities;
  • Experience creating authority records;
  • An awareness of BIBFRAME and other linked data initiatives; knowledge of non-MARC metadata standards; and
  • Broad knowledge of music history and music bibliography.

Appointment/Benefits/To Apply:

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, experience, and rank; and not less than $60,000/year.

All applications for this position (FA733z) 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 October 11, 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.

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