Resource Description Coordinator
George Washington University
The George Washington University, located in the heart of Washington, D.C.,
offers undergraduate and graduate programs in many disciplines. The GW
Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL),
Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), the Chesapeake Information and
Research Library Alliance, and the Northeast Research Libraries Consortium.
The Libraries support and collaborate with faculty in research and teaching,
and are committed to development, training, and professional service.
Under the direction of the Resource Description Coordinator, the incumbent is
a member of the Resource Description Group (RDG) and the greater metadata management group within the George Washington University Libraries. The RDG is responsible for describing and providing access to library collections including serial and monographic content in all formats. The RDG plays an instrumental role in helping the Libraries achieve the objectives laid out in its strategic plan, has been involved in and collaborated on the next
generation metadata development through BIBFRAME, PCC, and with colleagues worldwide. The NextGen Metadata Professional has the primary responsibility for creating metadata for continuing resources; performing complex metadata revision; and is expected to write scripts (e.g. Python, Perl) for repurposing existing metadata, and identity management work for library’s collections. The NextGen Metadata Professional is expected to collaborate with colleagues from functional areas across GW Libraries and beyond in service of the GW Community and the profession.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Performs original and complex metadata creation, editing, for continuing
resources in all formats–print and non-print– that the Library collects in
multiple languages and time periods according to national and local standards.
Works closely with, and supervises paraprofessionals in an innovative, fast
paced, forward-thinking, and production driven environment by taking full
advantage of available metadata, helper applications, and emerging technology to augment, enhance and reuse the resource description and subject analyses
for access to Library collections.
Assumes a leadership role in designing, implementing and conducting training, resource description, and data analysis for all Library projects where
metadata is the essential component.
Articulates the business value of metadata and data quality; assigns priority
to work that results in progress toward strategic goals.
Participates in Library planning, serves on Library, University-wide and
Washington Research Library Consortium committees.
The George Washington University librarians are expected to be active in the
profession, including contributing to developments in the field, as well as
perform additional duties as assigned.
* Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited library program, or a Master’s degree in a related information field, or an advanced degree
* Minimum 2 years of professional cataloging experience. Professional understanding and knowledge of cataloging principles and procedures, including but not limited to: RDA, LC/PCC PS, LCSH, LC Class.
* Demonstrated professional knowledge in non-metadata such Dublin Core, MODS, RDA/RDF, etc., thesauri, controlled vocabulary, identity disambiguation and reconciliation
* Demonstrated knowledge of and proven ability to apply/use current cataloging standards, practices, and tools for original and complex copy cataloging for continuing resources following CONSER standards
* Demonstrated experience in creating, editing, and transforming non-MARC metadata, such as EAD, Dublin Core, or others.
* Experience working with OCLC and an Integrating Library System
* Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and to work creatively, independently, collaboratively,
* Demonstrated experience with organizational, project and time management skills
* Demonstrate strong service-orientation, forward-thinking, flexible
* Effective oral, written communication and interpersonal skills