Cataloging and Metadata Librarian I

Saint Paul, Ramsey County
Jul 21, 2014

The University of St. Thomas invites applications for a Cataloging and Metadata Librarian I.          


Cataloging and Metadata Librarian I supports the educational and research missions of the University by organizing, cataloging, classifying and creating metadata for University resources in local and national databases and institutional repositories. Expected to follow best practices in the creation, enhancement, maintenance, and management of cataloging data and metadata that describe these resources, regardless of format.   Has strong interpersonal skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and a user-focused commitment.  Required to maintain effective relationships with diverse constituencies of university faculty, students, staff and consortial colleagues in an environment of rapid technological change


  1.    Supports the educational and research mission of the university by successfully performing the following responsibilities:

    • Selects, enhances, creates, uploads, and maintains metadata for university resources in all formats in local and national catalogs, institutional repositories and databases following national standards and local practices;
    • Participates in database management and quality control ensuring the integrity, accuracy and usefulness of the CLICnet catalog and other metadata repositories;
    • Participates in, supports and implements the development of local and consortia-wide cataloging/metadata policies and standards;
    • Utilizes and implements current information systems and technology;
    • Makes efforts to insure accuracy, thoroughness and timeliness;
    • May have the opportunity to serve as a subject liaison.

     2.     Participates in planning and development individually and organizationally

    • Defines priorities for self with some oversight by supervisor
    • Tailors work to support the work other staff and departments
    • Engages with library leadership and staff in goal setting for self and libraries
    • Engages in self- and organizational assessment activities
    • Aware of campus issues that affect the libraries and individual work
    • Knowledge of the Library, University and CLIC missions and visions
    • Volunteers for library committees, projects and tasks meeting agreed upon deadlines.

     3.      Communicates regarding all aspects of work with colleagues, (primarily internal in scope)

    • Expresses ideas and suggestions effectively both in writing and verbally
    • Practices active listening and accepts constructive feedback
    • Times and tailors communications appropriately to meet the needs and preferences of others.
    • Insures appropriate information is shared in a timely manner
    • Contributes to collaborative team atmosphere in department and library wide

     4.       Provides services equally in physical and virtual library space

    • Helps to create equity in level of service to on-site and remote users.
    • Consistently promotes quality service for both external and internal ‘customers’ at all points of contact.
    • Understands the impact of work on the library user and implications for library systems.

    5.        Maintains professional and community engagement

    • Seeks out and participates in training, workshops, courses which are relevant to individual job responsibilities.
    • Applies and shares knowledge and skills gained
    • Regularly attends pertinent local events.
    • Maintains professional affiliations in appropriate organizations and keeps abreast of the latest developments in conservation principles, techniques and procedures



Required qualifications include MLS from an accredited Library school and one year of library experience to include familiarity with cataloging non-print materials. A BA/BS and 7 years relevant library experience may be substituted for the MLS degree. Academic library experience preferred.


Special skills/knowledge/abilities to include basic understanding of academic libraries; able to apply thoughtful and intellectually rigorous processes to cataloging and application of metadata; able to interpret and apply international standards as well as professional judgment. The cataloger should understand information-seeking behaviors of library users; content and format of information resources; database structures; technical parameters and features of online catalog systems; principles of the organization of information and knowledge; national standards for content and format of catalog/metadata records; principles of resource description and retrieval.


Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.


In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.