Cataloger/Metadata Librarian – University of D.C. – Washington, DC

University of the District of Columbia

Job Description

Job Title: Cataloger/Metadata Librarian
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Job Code: (Pending)


This position supports the mission of the university and division by providing access to materials via the library’s online catalog through the creation of original and adaptive metadata records for all library materials. Work includes the cataloging of new materials as well as retrospective projects and ongoing database management. The librarian ensures that titles are accurately represented in the integrated library system and other systems in order to facilitate discovery and access by university students, faculty, and staff.


  • The librarian holds primary responsibility for completeness and accuracy of library holdings in the local integrated library system and other systems, including OCLC WorldCat.
  • The librarian performs cataloging and database maintenance activities for item holdings, acquisitions, and serials data to ensure quality, consistency, and currency of the online library system and discovery service, utilizing necessary tools to analyze and correct data and enhance user success in finding resources.
  • The librarian will serve as an essential team member in the upcoming integrated library system’s transition from Ex Libris Voyager to Alma.
  • The librarian leads the library in keeping current with evolving cataloging and metadata standards and serves as the local resource person regarding cataloging and metadata.
  • The librarian trains and supervises cataloging staff in local cataloging procedures and workflow.
  • The librarian participates in projects, planning, and initiatives to establish and refine cataloging/metadata policies and procedures on both the library and consortium levels.


  • The librarian serves as a collection development liaison with assigned university academic programs by evaluating and selecting materials, assessing and managing the collection, and assisting with any relevant accreditation or other reviews.
  • The librarian produces online resources (LibGuides) to promote and instruct students and faculty in the liaison area.
  • The librarian provides advice and expertise to various related areas and special projects
    including archives, electronic resources, and the Islandora digital repository.
  • The librarian serves on university or departmental committees as assigned.


  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Information or Library Science
  • Experience with cataloging module of an integrated library system
  • Experience with original and adaptive cataloging in a variety of formats (print, non-print, digital)
  • Familiarity with a library content management system (e.g., LibGuides)


  • At least two years’ experience as a cataloger in an academic library
  • Familiarity with transition to Ex Libris Alma integrated library system
  • Experience working with non-MARC metadata schemes
  • Experience producing records in standard metadata formats from other data sources (e.g., Access, Excel)
  • Supervisory experience
  • Evidence of involvement in professional research activities


  • Experience with cataloging standards for bibliographic and authority data (e.g., MARC,
  • Familiarity with an integrated library system (e.g., Ex Libris Voyager, Alma) and associated tools such as OCLC Connexion and MarcEdit
  • Ability to work with common and emerging metadata standards (e.g., MARCXML, Dublin
    Core, MODS, XML, and/or XSLT)
  • Excellent organizational and written skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively


  1. Expectations of the job:
    The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work effectively, independently, and collaboratively in a diverse, collegial, and changing environment. In addition, the selected candidate will possess excellent interpersonal, communication, leadership, and project management skills due to the nature of required work activities to include recurring contacts made with faculty, administrators, staff members, students, and the general public, as well as with staff of other WRLC member institutions. Contacts are established to open channels of communication and acquire information for decision making and disseminations to others. Normal physical dexterity is required. The work is generally performed in an office setting.
  2. Professional Development:
    Librarians at the University of the District of Columbia hold faculty status. This is a tenure track position. Evaluation, tenure, and promotion are dependent upon evidence of professional activity and scholarship as well as service to the profession, university, and community. The library supports the ongoing professional development of librarians, and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.
  3. Consortium Involvement:
    The University of the District of Columbia is a member of the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), which manages the shared integrated library catalog, the high-density offsite shared collections facility, the consortium and interlibrary loan systems, the Islandora digital repository, and other initiatives. Librarians are expected to serve on appropriate WRLC advisory committees and other task forces, as assigned. The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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