Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

Job description

Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

Clinton, NY
Open Date:
Nov 16, 2020

 In support of teaching, learning and research, creates cataloging records and metadata to provide access to the Library’s collections, with a focus on Special Collections and Archives (SCA) materials. Under the general guidance of the Associate Director, Metadata & Bibliographic Services performs original and complex copy cataloging, applying national standards to the description of library materials. Working closely with the Associate Director, Metadata & Digital Initiatives, creates metadata to provide access to the Library’s unique digital collections.


  • Identifies and evaluates bibliographic records in OCLC (international bibliographic database) to provide descriptive and subject cataloging of all formats of library materials. Edits records, or creates new records, to conform to current national standards and local practices.
    • Catalogs material in the general and circulating library collections, including books, video materials, serials, and electronic resources 
    • Catalogs SCA material 
  • Utilizes existing and emerging metadata standards and schemas such as RDF, XML, Dublin Core, or MODS, to describe and make accessible the Library’s unique digital collections, working with controlled vocabulary thesauri such as LCSH, LCNAF and VIAF.  
  • Contributes to the LITS and Hamilton College communities:
    • Maintains current knowledge of tools and best practices necessary to perform above responsibilities..
    • Attends meetings; seeks out organizational improvements.
  • Actively participate in building our diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus community.

Performs other duties as assigned. 

  • Master’s degree in library/information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association preferred.
  • Previous experience in library metadata and cataloging services preferred.
  • Previous experience in special collections and rare books cataloging preferred.
  • Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Job-related qualifications representing the knowledge, skills, and attributes an individual needs to possess in order to perform the job in a satisfactory manner.

  • Working knowledge of cataloging standards and principles, such as RDA, AACR2, MARC formats, and Library of Congress subject heading and classification schemes, and the principles of authority control.
  • Working knowledge of metadata schemas such as MODS and Dublin Core, as well as metadata best practices.
  • Ability to work comfortably with Microsoft Excel.
  • Working knowledge of integrated library systems such as Alma, and bibliographic utilities such as OCLC.
  • Ability to understand, interpret and apply complex cataloging and metadata standards.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work on cross-functional teams.

Application Instructions:

Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.




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Posted: 11/17/2020
Application Due: 2/15/2021
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