[Metadatalibrarians] Position announcement: Special Collections Cataloging & Metadata Librarian at University of Miami Libraries

Wiley, Glen g.wiley at miami.edu
Mon May 11 12:02:24 PDT 2015

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Special Collections Cataloging & Metadata Librarian

The University of Miami Libraries seeks nominations and applications for an experienced Special Collections Cataloging & Metadata Librarian. Under the direction of the Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services, the incumbent will be responsible for providing original and complex copy cataloging, retrospective conversion, and authority work for materials in the Library’s Special Collections Department and University Archives. This position will coordinate all Special Collections cataloging activities following prescribed national and local standards, and in accordance with the Library’s priorities.

UNIVERSITY: The University of Miami is one of the nation’s leading research universities in a community of extraordinary diversity and international vitality. The University is privately supported, non‐sectarian institution, located in Coral Gables, Florida, on a 260‐acre subtropical campus. The University comprises 11 degree granting schools and colleges, including Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Communication, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Music, Nursing, and Marine and Atmospheric Science (www.miami.edu<http://www.miami.edu>).

THE LIBRARY: The University of Miami Libraries (www.library.miami.edu<http://www.library.miami.edu>) rank among the top 50 research libraries in North America with a collection of over 3 million volumes and 92,958 current serials titles, including 90,550 electronic journals. The Otto G. Richter Library lies in the center of the Coral Gables campus and serves as the central library for the University. Other University of Miami libraries include the Paul Buisson Architecture Library, the Judi Prokop Newman Business Information Resource Center, the Marta & Austin Weeks Music Library, and the Marine and Atmospheric Science Library. The University also has independent medical and law libraries. The Libraries provide support and services for approximately 10,370 undergraduates, 5,259 graduate students, and 13,058 full and part time faculty and staff. Excluding the independent libraries, the University Libraries employ 56 professional and 90 support staff and are a member of ARL, ASERL, CLIR, NERL, OCLC Research Library Partners, HathiTrust, APTrust, DPN, and Lyrasis.



*        Creates, reviews, and edits metadata for the Library’s unique materials, including rare books, artists’ books, serials, maps, graphics, publications by the university and its faculty, and web-based materials in multiple languages, formats, and time periods, according to national and local standards for rare materials description.

*        Participates in cooperative cataloging endeavors such as NACO.

*        Provides documentation, training, and guidance to cataloging staff performing special collections cataloging and retrospective conversion.

*        May supervise special collections cataloging project teams and/or student assistants.

*        Works in close collaboration with other stakeholders to establish cataloging priorities for special collections materials, and to set priorities for processing collections in the backlog, including determining appropriate levels of treatment for groups of materials.

*        Is instrumental in consulting with descriptive metadata issues of the Library’s digital collections with the Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian in charge of digital library metadata projects

*        Actively participates in the development, evaluation, and implementation of cataloging and metadata policies, standards, goals, procedures, and workflows in the Libraries.

*        Reviews EAD‐encoded finding aids prepared by special collections staff for the purpose of assigning name, subject, form/genre, and title headings, and may assign headings to finding aids and related catalog records.

*        Remains current with special collections and general cataloging issues and standards, metadata standards, and librarianship.

*        Other duties may be assigned.


*        Participates in Libraries and University organizations, committees, and teams as appropriate.

*        Networks, collaborates and actively participates in local, regional, national, or international organizations regarding issues in special collections resource description issues.

*        Represents and promotes the University of Miami Libraries in local, state‐wide, regional, national, or international organizations as appropriate.


*        Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA accredited institution

*        Three or more years of professional cataloging experience describing special collections materials in a variety of formats and languages.

*        Demonstrated knowledge of library and archival vocabularies, standards, and schemas such as AACR2, RDA, DACS, DCRM(B), AAT, RBMS vocabularies, LCSH, EAD, MARC.

*        Experience working with original MARC cataloging tools such as OCLC Connexion.

*        Working knowledge of at least one Western European language.

*        Evidence of ability to communicate effectively, judiciously, and tactfully, both orally and in writing with faculty, students, and University/Library staff.

*        Ability to work harmoniously and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, and staff in a complex and rapidly changing environment.

*        Evidence of continued professional development, involvement, and contribution.


*        NACO training and experience in creating authority records.

*        Demonstrated experience in an academic or research library setting.

*        Prior attendance at Rare Book School or similar training.

Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. This is a nontenure track faculty appointment at the Librarian Associate Professor rank. The position offers a comprehensive benefits package including: TIAA‐CREF; medical and dental insurance; life, disability, and long‐term care insurance available; tuition remission; 13 paid holidays; and 22 days annual vacation. Additional employment benefits available include credit union; Employee Assistance Program; bookstore, and sporting event discounts; optional fee‐based membership in a state‐of‐the‐art wellness center, and no state or local income taxes. More information on benefits can be found at: https://umshare.miami.edu/web/wda/benefits/2015/Summaries/Faculty.pdf

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications and nominations will be accepted until a suitable candidate is selected. Applications should be submitted electronically and must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references. The references will not be contacted before the appropriate time. Send nominations and applications to:

Human Resources Manager
Otto G. Richter Library
University of Miami
P.O. Box 248214
Coral Gables, FL 33124‐0320
e‐mail: richter.recruiting at miami.edu<mailto:richter.recruiting at miami.edu>

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. The University has a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from candidates of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Glen Wiley
Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services
University of Miami Libraries
1300 Memorial Drive, Room 301B
Coral Gables, FL 33146
t: 305-284-1561
e: g.wiley at miami.edu<mailto:g.wiley at miami.edu>

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