[Metadatalibrarians] Position announcement - metadata librarian, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Ellen Sexton esexton at jjay.cuny.edu
Wed Aug 2 10:44:56 PDT 2017

We are seeking a metadata librarian - please see below for details.


Ellen Sexton

[Description: cid:3396506604_282853]
524 West 59th Street
New York City, NY 10019
Tel. 212.237.8997
Fax. 212.237.8221

Job Title:

Assistant or Associate Professor - Library

Job ID:



John Jay College

  Regular/Temporary:     Regular


The John Jay College Library seeks a skilled, innovative and knowledgeable Cataloging and Metadata Librarian.


The Cataloging and Metadata librarian will work collaboratively to provide leadership and direction in emerging metadata practices, serving as the library's primary resource for traditional MARC contributions to OCLC and the City University shared integrated library system, as well as for non-MARC metadata, structure, and standards for our digital collections.

Supporting a CUNY senior college with a level five research collection in criminal justice and social sciences, the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian will be responsible for composing original and complex contributed cataloging in all bibliographic and physical formats, including old and rare books, pamphlets and other items mostly relating to criminal justice housed in our Special Collections.

The librarian will ensure metadata integrity and usability of OneSearch, the primary system for finding books, articles, and other resources available to the John Jay community. Knowledgeable in web-scale discovery systems, the librarian will work closely with the CUNY Central Office of Library Services to tailor OneSearch to John Jay by leveraging customization options, addressing system issues, and responding to user feedback.

The librarian will also share responsibility with other library faculty for bibliographic instruction (includes reference and teaching) and for committee and department assignments.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY), is an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice, committed to the advancement of justice and just societies. It is a public liberal arts institution that enriches the learning experience by highlighting themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Located steps from Lincoln Center at the cultural heart of New York City, the College offers bachelors and masters degrees and participates in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Now under the leadership of its fifth President, former U.S. Assistant Attorney General, Karol V. Mason, the college has experienced unprecedented faculty hiring, an expansion of its curricular offerings, and the opening in 2011 of a new 600,000 square foot building with a black-box theater, state-of-the-art lab space, a moot court, and a variety of virtual learning settings.


All titles require a Master's in Library Science (MLS), Master's in Library Information Studies (MLIS), or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution.  Also required is the ability to work with others for the good of the institution.

For appointment as Assistant or Associate, a second graduate degree is required.

-     Minimum of three years of recent cataloging/metadata experience.
-     Experience in original and copy cataloging of a variety of bibliographic and physical formats.
-     Significant knowledge of and ability to apply the following cataloging tools: Resource Description and Access (RDA), the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2r),Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and Library of Congress Classification (LCC), and MARC21
-     Experience or knowledge of other metadata standards, (e.g., Dublin Core, MODS, MARCXML, etc.).
-    Ability to supervise, and to work in a team environment.
-    Ability to train staff and prepare effective training materials and other documentation.
-    Some knowledge of at least one other language in addition to English.
-    Excellent oral and written communication skills.
-    Ability to work collaboratively and collegially in a team environment and to exhibit flexibility in the face of changing needs.
-    Ability to pursue an active scholarly agenda and fulfill requirements for tenure.
-    Occasional weekend and evening hours.

Also Desirable:
-    Experience with developing metadata standards and recommendations for archival curation.
-    Experience with institutional repositories and/or digital libraries.
-    Knowledge of discovery tools and metadata practices supporting discovery.
-    Knowledge of MarcEdit.
-    Experience using emerging technologies for metadata management and delivery.
-    Academic library reference experience.


CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs.  We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


To apply, please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. The application letter should address the candidate’s scholarly agenda, teaching philosophy, and teaching experience, at a minimum.

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- Go to www.cuny.edu and click on "Employment"
- Click "Search job listings"
- Search by job Opening ID number (17129)
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Once you have registered or logged in with your user name and password, upload your cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references as one document.


Review of resumes to begin July 31, 2017. Posting closes on September 15, 2017.


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Ellen Sexton
Associate Professor,
Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
524 west 59th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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