[Metadatalibrarians] Fwd: Job opportunity: Director of Resource Description

Jennifer Froetschel jfroetschel at email.gwu.edu
Tue Nov 19 08:43:01 PST 2019

** Please pardon cross posting **

Director of Resource Description


The George Washington University Libraries & Academic Innovation (GWLAI)
seeks a Director of Resource Description to provide leadership within the
Content Management group.

Primary job responsibilities


   Lead organizational change by partnering with peer managers of
   Monograph, Serials and Electronic Resources Acquisitions to develop and
   provide strategic direction for the evolution of services within the
   technical services portfolio.


   Enable Content Management staff to contribute to teams inside GWLAI and
   across the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), which maintains a
   cooperative implementation of Alma & PrimoVE.


   Enhance discoverability of collections, including institutional
   repositories, special collections, and general collection.


   Foster innovative approaches utilizing helper applications (e.g.
   MarcEdit) and scripting languages (e.g. Python, XSLT, etc.) to conduct
   metadata analysis and to maintain quality metadata in a shared Alma


   Monitor changes and developments in national and international metadata
   standards and practices (e.g. BIBFRAME, Linked Open Data, and RDA).
   Communicate and train staff in new developments.


   Guide Resource Description staff in efforts to assess, apply, and
   implement appropriate standards (e.g. RDA, DublinCore, EAD, etc.) for a
   variety of formats to support ongoing and developing institution projects.


   Communicate technical concepts effectively and inclusively to all,
   regardless of professional expertise of the audience.


   Manage and lead Resource Description's participation in national
   cooperative cataloging programs such as NACO, SACO, and BIBCO


   Directly supervise a team of four with occasional additional project


   Contribute to the broader professional community by sharing knowledge in
   scholarly/professional venues and through service to the University and the

Preferred qualifications

Managerial experience

This position reports to an Associate Dean.

When applying for the Director of Resource Description please highlight the
experiences you have, including non-English language skills, that address
the job responsibilities and demonstrate your ability to thrive in this
position and within the broader GWLAI and university communities.

The Director of Resource Description position is part of an open recruiting
call for multiple professional librarian/archivist positions. Please read
the Multiple Librarian Positions posting (
to understand the varied, collaborative, and dynamic responsibilities
undertaken by GWLAI librarians, the community we are building within GWLAI
and across the campus, and the basic job qualifications for all positions.

The University and department have a strong commitment to achieving
diversity among librarians and staff. We are particularly interested in
receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly
encourage women and persons of color to apply for these positions.

Application procedure

To be considered, please complete an online application (
http://www.gwu.jobs/postings/72216) and upload a CV and a cover letter that
includes an assessment of skills related to basic and preferred
qualifications. As part of your cover letter, please indicate for which
position or positions you would like to be considered. Review of
applications will begin on December 16, 2019 and will continue until the
positions are filled. Only complete applications will be considered.
Employment offers are contingent upon the satisfactory outcome of a
reference check and standard background screening.

*Jen Froetschel*
Metadata Services Librarian
Resource Description Group | GW Libraries & Academic Innovation
jfroetschel at gwu.edu | 202-994-0723 | Gelman Library 104G
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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