Librarian – International Monetary Fund – Washington, DC

As part of the Library Operations Team of the Joint Bank-Fund Library, the cataloging and indexing librarian is responsible for metadata-related issues across the library network.
The Librarian provides leadership in the creation and maintenance of descriptive metadata for items and collections purchased and subscribed by the Joint Library and other network libraries. He/she also works collaboratively with staff in the Archives and Records Management Section of the Information Services Division and other departments across the Fund on controlled vocabulary and indexing related work.

 The position reports to the Team lead, Library Operations.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Manage the indexing of Executive Board documents, Fund publications and JOLIS articles and research working papers, including finding ways to enhance indexing workflows
  • Work cooperatively with other departments to represent the Information Service Division’s interests on issues related to indexing of document repositories, Executive Board documents and official publications and the ability to find institutional repository documents in Intranet Search
  • Contribute to the development of relevant cataloging and metadata standards, especially the implementation of RDA, policies and procedures for the Joint Library and the JOLIS catalog
  • Coordinate and collaborate on metadata issues with other Network Libraries, enterprise and external metadata providers, and align library metadata with enterprise metadata
  • Manage the vendor contract for onsite library services. Specifically responsible for vendor services for cataloging Joint Library and World Bank Group Library materials, and indexing services for the Fund and Joint Library
  • Maintain IMF thesaurus and JOLIS indexing vocabularies including additions, changes and deletions. Coordinate vocabulary work with Semantic Information Management teams in other departments, and represent the Library and Archives in the governance group of Enterprise Business Vocabularies and provide input on vocabulary needs and term definitions
  • Implement enterprise information standards and enterprise business vocabularies within the Information Services Division
  • Develop, implement, and refine metadata workflows for records created internally and external metadata providers
  • Acts as lead expert in Library system cataloging and authority control modules
  • Lead the effort to keep the Libraries current with evolving cataloging and metadata standards; create and revise local policies and procedures, documentation and training accordingly.





  • ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent
  • Working knowledge of current trends and developments in cataloging and metadata standards, including MARC21, AACR2, LCSH, LC classification, Dublin Core, FRBR, linked data, etc.
  • Working knowledge of internationally recognized thesaurus and taxonomy standards
  • Experience with implementing and utilizing specialized terminologies, ontologies and classification systems
  • Working knowledge of integrated library systems and document management tools
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively in a diverse environment and to manage shifting priorities
  • Excellent planning, analytical, interpersonal, communication, supervisory, project management and organizational skills
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, with good team-working skills, and a strong service orientation.
Desirable qualifications
  • At least three years of professional experience in cataloging and/or indexing
  • Expertise in authority control
  • Knowledge of SirsiDynix Symphony ILS preferred
  • Knowledge of web scale discovery systems, especially Summon


The IMF is committed to achieving a diverse staff, including gender, nationality, culture, and educational background.
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