The University of Virginia Library seeks a Music Metadata Librarian for its Metadata Creation & Organization unit. We are looking for creative individuals who are excited by the prospect of working at a forward-looking organization during times of great change. Known for the strength and variety of its collections and leadership in digital initiatives, the Library embraces respect, integrity, inclusion, innovation and collaboration in our work within the University, with peer institutions, and with the worldwide community. A staff of 220 manage 11 libraries that serve a vibrant and diverse scholarly community of 15,000 undergraduates, 6,000 graduate students, and 2,000 teaching and research faculty, and visitors from the public and other institutions.
Within Collections Access & Discovery, Metadata Creation & Organization facilitates access to library-owned content that is undescribed or under described, participates in partnerships to share expertise and provide innovation in data management, and engages fully in the mission of the University of Virginia. Reporting to the Manager of Metadata Creation & Organization, the Music Metadata Librarian supports that mission by collaborating with colleagues within and outside of the department and Library to ensure appropriate and timely access to music materials, including printed, audio/visual, and digital formats. This position is responsible for creating metadata in a selection of metadata standards for use in a variety of discovery platforms. The employee in this position is expected to be current with local practice for metadata creation, as well as stay informed of the general work of the Library.
This position performs original and complex cataloging for materials in a variety of formats and languages, and across all subject areas. Creates, enhances, and maintains bibliographic records, providing accurate physical description, determining appropriate access points, and assigning Library of Congress subject headings and classification numbers, or accession numbers as appropriate. Edits and creates catalog records in local database as well as OCLC database in accordance with cooperative cataloging principles. Makes decisions regarding choice of records for inclusion in our local database, appropriate access points, level of cataloging required, etc., working with the user and database quality in mind. Works with a high degree of independence in prioritizing and organizing work and in decision-making.
Required: Master’s degree in Library Science or equivalent. One to three years’ experience with library metadata in an academic setting, and demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively across groups to achieve objectives. Demonstrated ability to create metadata according to established rules and standards. Willingness to describe and classify materials in a variety of foreign languages, with or without reading knowledge. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Excellent interpersonal skills.
Preferred: Graduate or undergraduate degree in music. Demonstrated experience with creation of metadata. Demonstrated experience with MARC, RDA and/or Unicode, and other library standards. Reading knowledge of one language in addition to English. Experience describing music materials in a variety of forms, including print, audio, and digital.