Metadata Creation Professional

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Job Description

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Departmental Overview

In addition to maintaining the metadata within the Library’s catalog, OskiCat, Catalog & Metadata Services (C&MS) is responsible for the cataloging and physical treatment of all new monographs, serials, media (including both video and sound recordings), music scores, etc. in all physical and digital formats and languages (except Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) for the UC Berkeley Main and subject specialty libraries – particularly the Media Resources Center and the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library. Within Catalog & Metadata Services, the Metadata Creation Unit’s focus is on the creation of new library metadata and the use or expansion of existing metadata. C&MS works closely with other Library units on projects to improve catalog quality and to identify and create non-MARC metadata for digital library projects.

The Media Resources Center (MRC), in Moffitt Library, is the UC Berkeley Library’s primary collection of materials in audiovisual and moving image formats. It is one of the largest such collections in a U.S. academic library, including over 50,000 titles in various analog and digital media formats. It serves the teaching and research needs of UCB faculty, students, and staff, in a variety of departments, primarily in the humanities and social sciences.

The Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library’s collections contain some 200,000 volumes of books and printed music, 50,000 sound and video recordings, and 30,000 microforms in addition to extensive special holdings of manuscripts, rare materials, and archives. The collection serves the diverse teaching and research needs of the UC Berkeley Department of Music, which offers a general undergraduate major, and graduate programs in musicology, ethnomusicology, and composition, as well as embracing a variety of performance activities.


Creates and upgrades metadata/catalog records for materials in all formats. May create, upgrade, or otherwise work with non-MARC metadata for print and digital collections. Works with special workflows such as: music scores, sound recordings, DVDs, videocassettes, and streaming media. Performs complex database maintenance by resolving conflicts, improving, or correcting bibliographic, item, holdings or authority records in the UCB online catalog. Performs problematic snag analysis for materials stored at NRLF, as well as subject specialty and other library collections. May contribute authority records to national cooperative cataloging program and/or may perform complex authority and headings work in local database. Analyzes, evaluates, interprets, and revises or proposes revisions to established guidelines; writes documentation and provides training pertaining to unit procedures and policies. Serves as the liaison between C&MS and the selectors for the music and media collections. May serve as a metadata expert to other Library units.

Required Qualifications

  • Professional proficiency with current cataloging standards, practices, and tools for original and complex copy cataloging, such as: RDA, AACR2, MARC21 formats, Program for Cooperative Cataloging BSR and Policy Statements, Library of Congress Classification (particularly classification schedule M), Library of Congress Subject Analysis, Authority Tools for Audiovisual and Music. Catalogers, Best Practices for Music Cataloging Using RDA and MARC21, Cataloger’s Desktop, RDA Toolkit, and other resources of relevance to music, audio, and media materials cataloging.
  • Fluency in English in addition to reading knowledge of one other Western European language.
  • Experience creating metadata for music scores.
  • Experience using OCLC Connexion and integrated library systems, preferably Millennium.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills together with attention to detail for complex, possibly repetitive, detail-oriented work.
  • Ability to participate in multiple concurrent projects in a given timeframe, monitor project workflow, provide regular reports or updates as necessary, and meet project deadlines.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both independently and as a team leader and member.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong service orientation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • One or more years of experience performing original cataloging of media (including both video and sound recordings)
  • A degree in music or other related area (e.g. music history)
  • Master’s degree in library & information science, or other academic subject
  • Experience working with and/or creating non-MARC metadata

Salary & Benefits

Monthly: $3,850 – $5,725

Annual: $46,200 – $68,700

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Apply through (Job ID: 18083)

Application Review Date: The First Review Date for this job is June 27, 2014. This requisition will remain open until July 14, 2014.

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