Metadata Librarian

Bridgewater College
Bridgewater, Virginia
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Aug 22, 2021

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Bridgewater College
Metadata Librarian

Bridgewater College is seeking a full-time Metadata Librarian. This position oversees and manages metadata and cataloging of collections in the Forrer Learning Commons. This position reports to the Director of the Forrer Learning Commons. This is an exempt, 12-month position.


  • Develops, implements, and maintains workflows, procedures, and documentation for all metadata management.
  • Performs original, copy, and complex cataloging of materials, including physical and electronic books, media, and serials.
  • Manages reclassification of collections from Dewey Decimal Classification to Library of Congress Classification.
  • Provides quality control of metadata to maximize discoverability of collections complying with local and national standards for normalization and optimizing metadata.
  • Manages deselection and donation processing.
  • Supports other library projects that hold metadata components, such as Special Collections.
  • Manages related cataloging and collection statistics, digital, and print.
  • Collaborates with the Systems Librarian for managing and troubleshooting the online catalog system.
  • Manages e-resources lifecycle:
    • In collaboration with the Systems Librarian, manage, maintain, and improve discovery of electronic resources via library services platforms, vendor services and software, and knowledge bases for internal and external users.
    • Investigate trends, best practices, and initiatives affecting metadata standards for e-resource management with the aim of adopting them at Bridgewater College.
  • Hires, supervises, and trains student staff working in Technical Services as appropriate.
  • Uses strong customer service skills to shape workflows to public service programs.
  • Collaborates with librarians on collection development.
  • Serves as a liaison to academic departments.
  • Provides reference and research support virtually and in person including evening and weekend hours as necessary.
  • Demonstrates a positive, collaborative attitude with excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with all faculty and staff.
  • Demonstrates ability to work independently and to manage a complex workload in a timely and effective manner with minimum supervision with initiative and flexibility.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library or Information Science required.
  • Experience with cataloging and metadata management.
  • Experience with integrated library systems/library platforms, bibliographic knowledge bases, and a working knowledge of discovery layers.
  • Familiarity with an integrated library system, networks, library operations, especially with OCLC WMS.
  • Knowledge of established and emerging current national and international metadata standards and formats such as AACR/RDA, MARC, XML, and familiarity with BIBFRAME and Linked data.
  • Practical knowledge of current cataloging procedures and principles.
  • Strong customer service skills. 
  • Skills in supervising subordinate staff, especially 18-21 year-old adults.
  • Computer technology for communication, data gathering and reporting.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Bridgewater College was founded in 1880 as the first coeducational college in Virginia. Bridgewater offers bachelor’s degrees in approximately 60 majors and minors, along with four graduate programs, pre-professional programs such as medicine and law, and teacher licensure. The College is a member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, with 23 intercollegiate athletic teams. The vibrant residential campus is located in the town of Bridgewater, Virginia, near the city of Harrisonburg in the center of the Shenandoah Valley. An excellent school system, healthy business environment, numerous arts and cultural events, one of the state's lowest crime rates, and a variety of outdoor opportunities and historic attractions draw many to the region.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Email [email protected] 

APPLY: Please complete the online application at Include (upload) a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information (email and mobile phone) for three references.

DEADLINE:  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Bridgewater College is an equal opportunity provider, committed to employing a diverse faculty and staff, and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, and other persons from traditionally under-represented groups.

Bridgewater College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, veteran status, or political affiliation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, or other college programs and activities, or with regard to employment.

Bridgewater College has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to obtain resources to enhance the College’s facilities. The College is posting the following notice as required by federal law by organizations which benefit from the USDA’s funding program.

NOTICE: If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at [email protected].

ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT AND ANNUAL FIRE SAFETY REPORT: The Bridgewater College Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report summarizes policies on campus security and personal safety, crime prevention, fire safety, and crime reporting, and includes crime and fire statistics for the past three years.

The reports are available at:

To request a printed copy, please call 540-828-5761



Since its founding in 1880, Bridgewater College has advanced with the times, yet upheld an educational philosophy that champions excellence, values, scholarship, meaningful activities, and service to the community. Bridgewater has led the way in developing leaders in fields such as business, industry, medicine, law, communications and education. The first coeducational college in Virginia, Bridgewater was the first four-year, private, liberal arts college in Virginia to admit women.

bridgewater_college2.jpgAcademically, Bridgewater offers a breadth of intellectual experiences while allowing for proficiency in specific disciplines. Bridgewater’s dedication to liberal arts reflects a commitment to writing, public speaking, analytical and critical thinking, and global awareness and understanding.

Bridgewater College is committed to developing the whole person. The college has created a liberal arts curriculum that helps students gain as complete a self-understanding as possible. Students discover how they think while exploring new ways of thinking. Life at Bridgewater is as much about learning as it is about transformation.

Located in the scenic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia within the community of Bridgewater, the college offers a quiet, safe environment in which to learn.

Bridgewater is easily accessible from Interstate 81, not far from the city of Harrisonburg.

Bridgewater College is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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