[Metadatalibrarians] Position posting: Metadata Services & Original Cataloging Coordinator

Rachelle Nelson nelsonrr at pobox.upenn.edu
Mon Jun 22 10:19:13 PDT 2015

Position Announcement

University of Pennsylvania Libraries

*Metadata Services and Original Cataloging Coordinator*


Reporting to the Assistant Director-Cataloging and Metadata Department, 
the Metadata Services and Original Cataloging Coordinator will expand 
the scope of original cataloging and resource description at Penn while 
serving as a member of the CatMet management team.We are seeking a 
highly-motivated, innovative, and collaborative individual to lead a 
team of four accomplished original cataloging librarians and one 
paraprofessional.Members of Original Cataloging contribute authority and 
bibliographic records to the Library of Congress’ Program for 
Cooperative Cataloging (BIBCO, NACO, SACO); participate in LC’s 
Electronic Cataloging-in-Publication (ECIP) Program, creating 
pre-publication bibliographic records for University of Pennsylvania 
Press titles; and, analyze and map metadata for MESA (Medieval 
Electronic Scholarly Alliance).Within the Information Processing Center, 
the CatMet Department provides bibliographic control and access to the 
Libraries’ collections in a variety of formats and languages.In addition 
to participating in strategic and operational planning for the 
Department, the incumbent will fully integrate metadata services beyond 
traditional cataloging into the unit.The successful candidate will 
advocate for and promote future new services while motivating staff and 
ensuring timely discoverability of the Libraries’ physical and digital 


*.* Manage the Original Cataloging unit; mentor, train, and assess the 
effectiveness of staff.Engage the unit in continual process improvement, 
goal-setting, and professional growth.

. Develop and implement unit policies and procedures in keeping with 
national standards.Design workflows and administer unit projects.

. Create a program for and lead the unit in providing metadata 
consulting, data management, and project analysis services that support 
the needs of the Penn user communities.Seek out opportunities to provide 
expertise and communicate the value of cataloging and metadata standards.

. Participate in the management of the Cataloging & Metadata 
Department.Collaborate with colleagues in the IPC, areas studies and 
special collections technical services units, and other departments 
throughout the Libraries to ensure the unit is meeting the needs of its 

. Participate in digital library initiatives.Assist with the development 
of local metadata best practices, policies, and controlled vocabularies 
needed for the development of digital content projects.

. Create and manage metadata for digital collections.Perform original 
and complex adaptive cataloging.Lead and/or participate in authority 
file maintenance activities.Serve as a resource for cataloging problems.

. Contribute to the planning and implementation of next-generation 
discovery tools and user interfaces.

. Remain current with emerging metadata standards and digital library 

. Serve on library and campus-wide committees. Represent the Libraries 
regionally and nationally on metadata-related matters.



. Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program and three years of 
metadata/cataloging-related experience in an academic library or the 
equivalent in education and experience are required.Five years of 
experience preferred.

. Supervisory experience.Effective oral, written, training, and 
interpersonal communication skills.Experience leading teams and 
fostering collaboration.Ability to flourish in a high-intensity work 
environment and manage change.Demonstrated support for diversity 
initiatives and a desire to create a welcoming and inclusive environment.

. Strong service orientation.Ability to take initiative, establish 
priorities, set performance expectations, implement efficient workflows, 
and create documentation. Exceptional organizational skills.

. Proficient with metadata in a digital library environment and 
traditional MARC-based systems.

. Experience with library uses of non-MARC metadata schemas, best 
practices, and their applications (e.g., Dublin Core, MODS, METS, EAD, 

. Experience in resource description and authority control using 
national cataloging standards, principles, and identifier schemas (e.g., 
RDA, FRBR, AACR2, LCSH, NACO, SACO, LC Classification, MARC 21 formats, 

. Familiarity with library linked data standards and applications (e.g., 

. Working knowledge of metadata processing, batch-loading, and 
transformation tools such as MarcEdit, Oxygen XML Editor, OpenRefine, XSLT.

. Working knowledge of bibliographic utilities, integrated library 
systems, and cataloging tools (e.g., RDA Toolkit, Cataloger’s Desktop, 
Classification Web).

. Knowledge of one or more non-English languages.


. Experience managing metadata services.

. Project management experience.

. Familiarity with emerging trends in resource description and access.

. Experience working within a combined union and non-union staffing 

If you are interested in the position, please complete our online 
application at: https://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/11177

Should you have any questions, please contact Penn's Recruitment and 
Staffing department at recruitment at hr.upenn.edu or (215) 898-7287. The 
University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, 
faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of 
Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, 
sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic 
origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other 
legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, 
financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other 
University-administered programs or in its employment practices. 
Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the 
Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal 
Opportunity Programs <http://www.upenn.edu/affirm-action/>, Sansom Place 
East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or 
(215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 746-7088 (Fax).The University of 
Pennsylvania Libraries is committed to a diverse workforce. To learn 
more, please visit:Diversity at Penn Libraries 
<http://guides.library.upenn.edu/gold_overview>.We have partnered with 
HireRight, one of the world's largest background screening providers, to 
implement employment screening solutions that ensure positive 
partnerships between Penn and new employees.


Rachelle R. Nelson

Asst. Dir., Cataloging and Metadata Dept.

Information Processing Center

University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

3420 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA19104-6206

nelsonrr at pobox.upenn.edu <mailto:nelsonrr at pobox.upenn.edu> / 215-898-9048

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