Librarian Supervisor, Cataloging and Metadata – Arlington County Government – Arlington, VA

POSITION: Librarian Supervisor, Cataloging and Metadata

LOCATION: Arlington Public Library, Arlington, VA

SALARY:  $65,187.20 – $112,236.80

DESCRIPTION: Come enjoy the rewards of working in Arlington County’s fast-paced, participatory, and innovative government. Arlington is a forward-thinking community celebrated for its diversity, inclusiveness, concern for the environment, and urban village approach to creating exciting, mixed-use neighborhoods. Join an innovative team that continuously strives to anticipate and meet community needs, maintain rich library collections, and improve upon a 98% customer satisfaction rating. Metadata Services is part of a Materials Management Division that centrally acquires, catalogs, classifies, and processes all materials for a system that includes a Central Library and seven branches, and maintains the integrity of a database of 300,000+ catalog records.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Supervising and managing the library’s automated cataloging, authority control, receiving, and processing workflows.
  • Insuring that print, non-print, and electronic resources are accessible to borrowers in the most timely and cost-effective manner possible.
  • Assuring quality control for all library materials and bibliographic records, and provide, monitor, and manage proper cataloging standards and procedures for all materials.
  • Managing daily operations and coordinating workflow in coordination with the division management team.
  • Keeping abreast of emerging trends, innovations and best practices affecting library systems and catalogs, and of methods of electronic resources management and metadata standards.
  • Managing cataloging tools used, such as the OCLC Cataloging System, and implementing changes and enhancements.
  • Performing adaptive or original cataloging in all formats using MARC, RDA, AACR2, LCSH, and LC as needed, and performing batch-loading of large vendor sets.
  • Coordinating database policies and procedures for library system, and performing database maintenance practices, including using global updates to clean up data.
  • Incorporating new ways of leveraging technology for collecting, organizing, and providing access to library materials.
  • Maintaining an accurate and relevant bibliographic database that meets professionally accepted standards.
  • Participating on the Materials Management Division team, including engaging in planning, implementation, and management of the library’s strategic plan, and helping track, record, and disseminate department and collection statistics.
  • Developing, articulating, and performing projects reflecting the department’s goals.

The ideal candidate will be able to inspire a broad and shared vision for innovative library services, demonstrate the ability to work quickly and accurately in a service and production-oriented environment, and thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing workplace. This employee will also provide supervision to a staff of seven.


Minimum Qualifications: Master’s of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited college or university PLUS extensive experience in a Library setting providing programming or technical services that included the following:

  • Knowledge of automated library cataloging, authority control, and acquisitions processes, such as Dewey Decimal Classification, AACR2, MARC21, LCSH, OCLC and LC subject headings, RDA, and LCNAF;
  • Experience managing vendor cataloging services, including those pertaining to shelf-ready product delivery;
  • Experience in designing or updating workflows to incorporate new technologies or shifts in cataloging priorities; and/or
  • One year of experience serving as a team lead or supervisor preferred.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:

  1. Knowledge of integrated library systems and statistical analysis;
  2. Understanding of typical collection development, acquisitions, and processing practices of a large library;
  3. Managing vendor outsourcing program in library technical services;
  4. Experience with technical services modules of Innovative Interface’s Sierra or other automated systems; and/or
  5. Experience developing and interpreting performance outcome measures.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must possess or be eligible for a Virginia Librarian’s Certificate.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give “see resume” as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered. In order to receive full credit for your experience, please ensure that you have included details of all relevant work experience on your application and have completed the Supplemental Questionnaire in its entirety.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Work Hours:  Typically MondayFriday, 9:00 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. (Scheduling is flexible within limits.)

Work Location: Central Library 1015 North Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22201`- Metro Accessible

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