Music and Media Metadata Specialist

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Job Description

James Madison University Libraries & Educational Technologies is seeking a qualified Music and Media Metadata Specialist. As part of the Metadata Strategies Unit, this position ensures information discovery, metadata integrity and optimal patron access to resources within the Libraries’ content systems. James Madison University is a public, comprehensive university with an enrollment of over 20,000 students located in the scenic Shenandoah Valley, two hours southwest of Washington, D.C. JMU enjoys an excellent national reputation and a strong focus on undergraduate education. James Madison University Libraries is part of Libraries & Educational Technologies, which has the mission of engaging with JMU’s diverse communities in their creation and search for knowledge through academic resources, physical and virtual spaces and educational and research services. We invite candidates from diverse backgrounds who will contribute affirmatively and creatively to the university’s multicultural environment. Our goal is for our employees to reflect the rich mix of backgrounds, life experiences, cultures, perspectives and world views that is found within our university community.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Perform metadata creation in both MARC21 and non-MARC schema for the Libraries’ music, media and electronic monograph collections in all formats (print and electronic scores, CDs, DVDs, streaming media and e-books), including original and complex adaptive metadata creation.
  • Serve as liaison to the Music Library, Media Resources and Scholarly Resources and Discovery to establish local practices, enhance discovery and resolve issues relating to access.
  • Facilitate national discovery of JMU scholars and scholarship by creating authority records through participation in the NACO program.
  • Perform quality control of metadata and data analysis.
  • Train wage staff and students in physical processing and database maintenance tasks.  


  • Experience performing original and adaptive metadata creation using current standards and practices, including RDA, AACR2, LC-PCC PS, MLA and OLAC best practices, Library of Congress Classification, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and other relevant vocabularies (e.g., LCMPT, LCGFT).
  • Experience using the OCLC Connexion client and an integrated library system.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform detailed work accurately.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and adapt to new technologies and software.
  • Effective written and oral communication, organization and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor or graduate degree in music.
  • MLS from ALA-accredited college or university.
  • Experience with authority record creation.
  • Experience with XML and non-MARC metadata standards and schema.
  • Experience with MarcEdit.
  • Reading knowledge of a Western European language other than English.  

How to Apply

To apply go to and reference posting number 0407680. Salary range is $32,619 – $37,675. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation.  

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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