Metadata Coordinator – American University – Washington DC


The Metadata Coordinator, in conjunction with the Resource Description Librarian, is responsible for working with counterparts across the WRLC consortium in the development and implementation of local measures for managing and maintaining shared bibliographic records according to joint WRLC Metadata Committee standards. This position serves as the primary library liaison to campus partner collections, connecting them with library services, which make their resources discoverable to the wider university community. The Coordinator works with Archives and Special Collections to plan and carry out targeted data cleanup and enhancement projects for digital collections and coordinates the Resource Description unit’s contributions. This position creates and analyzes sets of records and other metadata according to select criteria as part of targeted metadata/catalog clean up, enhancement, and other analytics projects. Additionally, this position contributes to general copy-cataloging as well as special projects, such as inventory or move-to-storage.

Educational Requirements:

Masters of Library Science is required.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 2 years of library experience or an equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience in a related position that demonstrates the necessary skills and abilities for the position including supervisory and/or project leadership experience
  • Experience with analyzing, creating, enhancing, and transforming MARC and non-MARC metadata in both Integrated Library System (ILS) and non-ILS platforms
  • Experience using OCLC Connexion, OCLC WorldShare Management System, digital repository platforms, and integrated library systems
  • Advanced, extensive knowledge of technical rules and standards for national cataloging rules and standards, including MARC21 standards (Machine Readable Cataloging), International Standard Bibliographic Description, and structure and coding of both local and national cataloging systems
  • Knowledge of Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2), Resource Description and Access (RDA), and Program for Cooperative Cataloging/Library of Congress Policy Statements (PCC-PS’s). Experience with controlled vocabularies including Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Library of Congress Name Authority Cooperative (NACO), and Virtual International Authority File (VIAF). Knowledge of Dublin Core, Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), and other metadata standards as well as knowledge of bibliographic record editing tools, including MARCEdit (a metadata editing software suite) and global data change processes in an integrated library system environment
  • Knowledge of report creation techniques in an ILS environment
  • Knowledge of metadata creation, maintenance, and transformation
  • Familiarity with unique identifiers used in scholarly communication including DOIs and ORCIDS
  • Experience cataloging at least one non-print format such as music, electronic resources, and/or media
  • Knowledge of emerging cataloging and metadata principles and trends including BIBFRAME or (markup website content to be recognized by search engine spiders and other parsers)
  • Excellent organizational skills, analytical thinking, and problem solving skills, with the ability to resolve conflicts and communicate effectively
  • Strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize and multi-task, including the ability to reprioritize tasks to resolve urgent issues that arise
  • Sound judgement with the ability to use discretion in making evaluative judgements
  • Demonstrated initiative and accuracy
  • Ability to work independently, develop, plan, and implement short and long-term goals, and complete projects by deadlines
  • Ability to collaborate on many different levels and resolve problems
  • Advanced computer skills, experience with Microsoft Excel and Access, and the ability to adapt to constantly changing procedures and computer systems
  • Ability to sit at a desk and/or computer for extended hours, read computer screens, and use computer keyboards
  • Physical demands of the job include a great deal of sitting, typing, mousing, standing, walking, and lifting and occasionally shifting books or other media
  • Vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus, as well as reading from printed materials and computer screens, generally switching from one to the other within short periods of time
  • Flexibility in adapting to constantly-changing organization, technology, and work procedures

Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience with one or more of the following: XML, XSLT, RDF, OpenRefine, Oxygen XML Editor
  • Familiarity with at least one foreign language

Additional Information:

Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

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