Technical Services and Metadata Librarian

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Job Description

Title: Technical Services & Metadata Librarian
Colby College Libraries
Supervisor: Assistant Director for Collections Management

The Colby College Libraries seek a dynamic, engaged, innovative and enthusiastic individual for the position of Technical Services & Metadata Librarian.Reporting to the Assistant Director for Collections Management, the Technical Services & Metadata librarian is responsible for overseeing content management, cataloging, authority control, and metadata of the Libraries’ electronic, digital, and print collections.Colby College Libraries currently add approximately 7,000 individual print monographs per year; most items are processed prior to arrival, though some require original cataloging.

The Technical Services and Metadata Librarian works closely with colleagues in the Collections Management department, as well as librarians and staff in Scholarly Resources & Services, and Digital and Special Collections, to ensure students and faculty have ready access to all collections in their various iterations.In addition, she/he will engage regularly with library colleagues at Bates and Bowdoin colleges on standards, workflows, and procedures involving our shared catalog, CBBcat.In addition, they will support the work of the Assistant Director for Collections Management in the upkeep of electronic resources managed in the Serials Solutions data management system.

Responsibilities and duties
Technical Services & Metadata

  • Some original cataloging and classification of materials in OCLC and the Innovative Interfaces Sierra ILS using AACR2,RDA and LC Classification
  • Support the work of our consortial partners in bibliographic records creation, authority records management and associated processing and reports
  • Collaborate with Digital and Special Collections librarians and staff to produce and maintain standardized metadata for rare books, maps, videos, senior thesis, dissertations, and manuscripts
  • Responsible for applying professional guidelines and local practices for original and copy cataloging (including creation of manuals for Library staff and student employees)
  • Support the work of the Coordinator of Collections Management (Acquisitions) to oversee the process of acquiring materials, updating processes and enhancing workflows
  • Support the work of the Assistant Director for Collections Management, and Serials Assistant to manage access to electronic resources (subscription databases, e-journals, eBooks)
  • Monitor evolving trends in cataloging and metadata with an eye to  ensuring that the Libraries’ print, electronic, and digital collections are easily discoverable and accessible to students and faculty
  • Ability to work collaboratively and collegially in a dynamic, complex and rapidly evolving environment
  • Service on College Committees and participation in College activities expected

Minimum Qualifications:
MLS/MLIS from ALA Accredited institution
2-3 years’ experience working with integrated library systems, preferably Innovative Interfaces
Familiarity with shared catalogs and library consortiums
2-3 years’ original cataloging experience with OCLC
Experience with a variety of metadata standards (AACR2, LCSH, EAD, DC, MARC21, DDC, LC, RDA)
Familiarity with acquisitions and ILL services
Ability to work independently and collaboratively
Ability to lift 25 lbs.
Experience providing public service support activities

Preferred Qualifications:
Three or more years’ experience working in an academic library
Ability to conduct training workshops for colleagues, as required
Familiarity with best practices and standards for Music and Rare Book cataloging
Experience with project management
Supervisory experience
Familiarity with emerging metadata standards including linked open data, METS, PREMIS, and MARCXML

 Full announcement available at:

How to Apply

Applicants should send the following electronically in PDF format to Stephanie Frost (
  • a cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of philosophy on the role of technical services in a modern academic environment
  • graduate transcripts, and
  • three letters of recommendation

Position is open until filled. Priority will be given to applications received by January 3, 2015. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Preferred start date: April 1, 2015

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