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Washington State University
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Posted: 06/27/2018
Metadata Librarian
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

The Washington State University Libraries invites applications for Metadata Librarian, a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position located on the Pullman campus. This position reports to the Head of Technical Services.

This position will be responsible for metadata in various library platforms. The Metadata Librarian will creatively address problem resolution involving all formats and including access issues with e-resources, catalog maintenance, original cataloging and complex copy cataloging in all formats in addition to assisting with coordinating the physical cataloging and electronic resources functional areas.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

· Responsible for enhancing metadata (all formats including e-resource access issues), catalog maintenance, original cataloging and complex copy cataloging in all formats in accordance with RDA, OCLC input standards, LCSH, and LC Classification, Dublin Core, EAD or other appropriate metadata schema and standards.

· Collaborates on digitization efforts in the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation and Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.

· Consults on projects involving metadata connected across systems such as the Integrated Library System and the Institutional Repository.

· Acts as assistant coordinator for physical cataloging and electronic resources functional areas.

· Serves as a resource person and trainer for paraprofessional staff in the Unit.

· Works with the Head, Technical Services on the development and implementation of unit procedures and goals.

· Works with the Head, Technical Services as liaison to other library units, the WSU community, and outside institutions to insure the effectiveness of the library online-integrated system.

· Serves as an official WSU Libraries’ representative to institutional, regional, and national organizations at the request of library administrators.

Scholarship, Service, & Professional Development:

· Maintains current awareness of trends and developments in the area of metadata creation and management and electronic resources management by reading professional literature, participating in professional organizations and committees, and attending workshops, institutes, seminars and conferences at local, state, regional, national and international levels.

· Conducts research for publication and presentation in areas of library and information science or other scholarly subjects.

· Shares with library colleagues and department faculty and staff relevant information gained from professional activities and uses that knowledge to improve departmental operations.

· Serves on library working groups, search committees, standing committees, and ad hoc groups as appropriate.

· Serves on WSU university committees and task forces.

Required Qualifications:

· Master’s degree from an ALA-Accredited Library and Information Studies program at date of hire;

· Minimum of three years of cataloging experience, preferably in an academic or research library;

· Knowledge of RDA, MARC formats, Library of Congress classification system, and Library of Congress subject headings;

· Demonstrated knowledge of trends and national standards in cataloging;

· Experience cataloging using a bibliographic utility, preferably OCLC;

· Experience with library resource management systems, preferably Ex Libris Alma;

· Strong communication and organization skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Experience with EAD and Dublin Core;

· Experience with Institutional Repositories;

· Experience with Content Management Systems;

· Experience with electronic resources management;

· Demonstrated knowledge of serial cataloging;

· Demonstrated knowledge of database maintenance issues and problems in an academic library resource management system and discovery interface;

· Working knowledge of foreign languages.

The University Washington State University (, one of two research universities in the state, was founded in 1890 as the state’s land-grant institution and has a current enrollment of approximately 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 7,000 faculty and staff. The University strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. WSU students come together from diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds from around the nation and more than 90 countries. As a comprehensive, land-grant institution, Washington State University is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and outreach to all constituents.

The Libraries:  The WSU Libraries (, one of two Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in the state, houses over two million books and over 30,000 journal and magazine subscriptions. The Libraries are a part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance and are deeply invested, along with our partner libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, in the activities of the shared Unified Resource Management and shared Discovery environment. As an active partner in the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the WSU Libraries both inform and reflect the guiding tenets of the Alliance, which are: work smart, design for engagement, and innovate to transform.

Compensation/Benefits:  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Washington State University has comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, in addition to excellent retirement programs and a generous leave program.

Applications must be received by July 29, 2018. Online applications are required and will include a cover letter addressing the qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and complete contact information for three current references. Finalists for this position may be subject to a background check as a condition of employment. Questions may be sent to the search committee via Bonny Boyan,, 509-335-1535.  To apply visit: