Metadata Librarian for Specialized Collections

Are you interested in working at the most innovative university in the country?

Ranked #1 for innovation three years in a row by U.S. News and World Report, Arizona State University has become the foundational model for a new paradigm for public higher education – committed to access, excellence and impact – and is now actively engaged in building a new library for the 21st century.

Serving as a critical gateway to ASU’s growing research and knowledge enterprise, ASU Library works to collaborate, educate and innovate across disciplines, communities and technologies, while leveraging key research and learning opportunities that are unique to ASU.

ASU Library seeks a highly motivated, collaborative and service-oriented Metadata Librarian for Specialized Collections to develop and manage the metadata program, providing descriptive metadata for physical and digital special collections and archival resources including, but not limited to, rare books, photographic and manuscript collections, and digital objects. Working under the direction of the Head of Acquisition and Metadata Services and in conjunction with administrators, librarians, curators, archivists and staff in specialized collections, the Metadata Librarian for Specialized Collections sets priorities and policies for providing access to collections via ASU Library’s online discovery and access platforms, and works collaboratively with repository services and collections staff to coordinate metadata creation for digital collections. The Metadata Librarian for Specialized Collections creates and edits metadata for physical and digital special collections material, contributes to the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), trains and supervises cataloging staff, participates in the governance and general management of the unit, and maintains a high-level working knowledge of national and international theory and practice pertaining to librarianship, specifically specialized collections.

ASU Library is a strong supporter of student success and a critical partner in realizing the New American University mission of access, excellence and impact. Success at ASU is measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed.

A center of energy, imagination and innovation, ASU Library is home to eight library facilities across four ASU campus locations – providing students and faculty access to millions of information resources, world-class collections, outstanding study spaces, advanced data centers and a suite of makerspaces and creative services. More information about the library can be found at lib.asu.edu.

Required qualifications

Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an American Library Association accredited program

Minimum two years of experience with original cataloging of specialized collections and/or rare books

Working knowledge of AACR2/RDA, DCRB, LCSH, LC classification system, MARC content designation, and other tools used for special collections/rare book cataloging

Working knowledge of non-MARC metadata schema and content standards, particularly EAD, Dublin Core, and PREMIS 

Preferred qualifications

  • Broad academic background particularly in the humanities
  • Knowledge of authority control theory and practice
  • Experience with OCLC or similar utility
  • Supervisory and/or training experience
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Reading knowledge of one or more languages other than English

Salary and Rank: This is a continuing track Academic Professional position; Associate/Full Librarian and salary dependent upon experience.

Application Procedures: Application packet consists of a cover letter, comprehensive vita or resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of 3 recent professional references. The application should be sent as a single (one) complete electronic file to Lillie Johnson. Questions about the position should be directed to Associate University Librarian for Collections and Strategy Lorrie McAllister.

Application Deadline: Application deadline is September 7, 2018; applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed.

Other Information: Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. A background check is required for employment. For more information regarding ASU, visit our website: www.asu.edu. For more information about the Phoenix metropolitan area, please visit www.visitarizona.com.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women and minorities are welcomed and encouraged to apply.