[Metadatalibrarians] Job opportunity: Metadata Librarian @ Northwestern University, Galter Health Sciences Library

violeta ilik ilik.violeta at gmail.com
Mon Jan 25 12:11:48 PST 2016

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*Metadata Librarian*

*This position is a non-tenure eligible appointment at the rank of
Librarian Faculty.*

Galter Health Sciences Library seeks an innovative and energetic librarian
to provide original and complex cataloging for materials. Working
collaboratively, this full time non-tenure faculty librarian position will
manage the operations of cataloging, oversee maintenance of records for
electronic/print materials, and ensure prompt access to newly acquired
resources and timely resolution of access issues. The Metadata Librarian
will collaborate with library colleagues to ensure the provision of access
to materials held in the library's print, digital and special collections,
and repositories, by performing original and copy cataloging using
descriptive standards, and utilizing a variety of encoding standards.

The incumbent in cooperation with the Head of Digital Systems and
Collection Services as well as other relevant staff throughout the library
will provide leadership and direction in metadata and metadata projects
that advance the strategic direction of the library and of the Northwestern
University Feinberg School of Medicine. This position will participate in
secondary assignments based on qualifications, interests, and institutional

*POSITION REPORTS TO:*Department Head, Digital Systems and Collection


·         Performs original and complex copy cataloging for all formats,
including print, non-print, and digital resources - ensuring compliance
with national and local standards, such as, MARC, RDA, AACR2, NACO, LCSH,
MeSH, OCLC, NLM Classification, LC Classification and other appropriate
cataloging and metadata standards;

·         Coordinates cataloging/metadata processes, procedures and
statistics for all collections: general, medical/health sciences, media,
digital, and special collections;

·         Participates with colleagues from the Galter Health Sciences
Library and Northwestern University Libraries in developing use of
appropriate cataloging standards and quality assurance workflows;

·         Develops procedures for batch-loading records from vendors and
third-party sources and cross-walking MARC and non-MARC metadata between

·         Collaborates with and serves as a resource for faculty and staff
in the Libraries on special projects involving non-MARC metadata and

·         Collaborates with staff from other Northwestern University
libraries in the system administration and configuration of the libraries’
discovery platform, Primo;

·         Performs crosswalks between MARCXML, Dublin Core and other
metadata schemes for digital collections;

·         Serves as a resource for faculty and staff in the Libraries on
special projects involving non-MARC metadata crosswalks;

·         Stays current on trends and issues in the areas of linked data,
ontologies, and semantic web technologies;

·         Facilitates participatory decision-making among colleagues in the
unit on work items, and in collaborative library projects;

·         Contributes to library-wide planning activities and collaborates
with colleagues on projects in areas of shared interest. Actively
participates in library programs and services as appropriate;

·         Manages projects to effectively and efficiently provide services.
Seeks grant opportunities to fund innovation efforts;

·         Participates in scholarly societies, attends academic
conferences, and represents the Library in relevant academic activities; and

·         Performs other tasks and duties as assigned, relative to
abilities and experience.


·         Master’s degree in library or information science from an
ALA-accredited program or international equivalent, or other appropriate
degree or equivalent experience.

·         2 years post-MLS professional cataloging/metadata experience;

·         Broad knowledge of cataloging and metadata workflows and
services; knowledge of MARC, AACR2, NACO, LCSH, MeSH, LC and NLM
classification, and emerging RDA standards; familiarity with
standards-based non-MARC metadata schemas, such as Dublin Core, MODS, MADS,

·         Understanding of RDF, OWL and Semantic Web technologies and

·         Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
with a diverse population of faculty/staff, students, and colleagues.

·         Evidence of professional initiative and problem-solving skills.

·         Excellent analytical, interpersonal, time management,
organizational and problem solving skills.

·         Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated
ability to communicate effectively both in person and virtually using a
variety of media and technologies.

*Rank:*Librarian Faculty

*Term: *non-tenure eligible appointment

*Title:*Metadata Librarian

*Closing Date for Receipt of Applications:*until filled

*Proposed Starting Date:*  April 1, 2016

*Salary: *Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To be considered for this position, applicants must submit via email a
cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae to: m-chung4 at northwestern.edu.
Please reference the job title and job opening ID in the email.

Located in the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine has built a national reputation for excellence
through a strong history of collaboration, interdisciplinary medical
education, and research. Along with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and
Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, it is part of the premier academic
medical center known as Northwestern Medicine. The Galter Health Sciences
Library is a dynamic organization which shares Northwestern’s commitment to
excellence, and fosters the creation and sharing of knowledge among the
faculty, staff, and students of the Feinberg School of Medicine and its
affiliates. Library staff and faculty strive to improve and enhance health
care through innovation and leadership in the organization, delivery,
management, and use of quality information to support the educational,
research, and patient care needs of our users.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action
Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with
disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is
contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


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