Metadata Librarian 1

Boston, Suffolk County / Mission Hill, Suffolk County / Roxbury, Suffolk County / Roxbury Crossing, Suffolk County
May 01, 2014

Northeastern University seeks applications and nominations for an energetic, creative, and self-motivated individual to join its service-oriented and forward-looking Library team.



Reporting to the Supervisor of the Digital Metadata and Ingest unit, the Metadata Librarian provides descriptive and subject metadata for analog and digital resources according to nationally recognized data structure, content, value, and format/technical standards. The Metadata Librarian’s responsibilities include creating, updating, and maintaining metadata in the Library’s cutting-edge library management system (Alma), the digital repository service (Fedora), the Library’s online discovery service (Primo), and other metadata repositories. He/She will resolve data-related problems, batch import and ingest records using automated data correction and import tools, and act as a resource within and beyond the Department for metadata creation. The Metadata Librarian will also manage and supervise metadata projects, including original and retrospective cataloging and classification projects using MARC and non-MARC standards. The successful candidate will have experience creating and maintaining metadata, a solid knowledge of established and emerging metadata standards, strong technical aptitude, and the ability to work collaboratively and independently in a team-oriented environment.

• ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library or Information Science required.
• Some academic library experience preferred using current metadata structure, content, value, and format/technical standards, and a bibliographic utility.
• Experience with Dublin Core and/or MODS, MARC, AACR2, RDA, LCSH required. Some experience with original metadata creation and retrospective metadata projects preferred.
• Knowledge of established and emerging national and international standards relating to metadata and classification. Familiarity with HTML, XML, XSLT, and various programming languages preferred. Knowledge of digital asset management software and experience with an XML editor such as Oxygen desirable.
• Excellent planning, analytical, interpersonal, communication, supervisory, project management and organizational skills.
• Self-motivated, detail-oriented, with good team-working skills, a strong service orientation, and a demonstrated commitment to staff development and diversity in the workplace.
• Knowledge of trends and issues in academic libraries, scholarly communications, higher education, publishing, and metadata developments. Working knowledge of a modern foreign language desirable.

About Northeastern University Libraries  
The Northeastern University Library is at the hub of campus intellectual life. Resources include over 900,000 print volumes, 500,000 e-books, and 60,000 electronic journals. The Snell Library building welcomes 1.5 million visitors a year on the Boston campus and the library’s web site serves users around the world. The library provides award-winning research and instructional services, a growing focus on networked information, and extensive special collections that document social justice efforts in the Greater Boston area. The library has an ambitious vision to expand its digital initiatives by developing its digital repository, digitizing unique collections, constructing integrated collaborative spaces, and fostering the adoption of digital media and the creation of new knowledge. The Northeastern University Library leads the way in redefining library service in the 21st century. For more information, please visit
About Northeastern
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs—our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning—build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.  See

Applications received by June 1, 2014, will receive first consideration, though applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply, visit:, where more details of the position’s responsibilities, the University’s outstanding benefits, and the salary range associated with this position are also available. For more information on the position, and to nominate candidates, contact Daniel Jergovic, Supervisor, Digital Metadata and Ingest,

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.