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Metadata and Cataloging Management Librarian - American University Library

Location: USA - DC - Washington DC


Metadata and Cataloging Management Librarian provides leadership, management, and technical expertise for receiving, metadata, cataloging, and their workflow management for library resources. The position leads the Metadata Management Unit, which is responsible for metadata creation and maintenance for library collections across multiple platforms, serials maintenance, and physical resources workflows. The incumbent monitors trends in cataloging, metadata, and other relevant vendor communities such as BIBFRAME and Linked Data, and cultivates a forward-thinking approach to cataloging and metadata practices. This position supervises at least four FTE who provide support in fulfilling the responsibilities of the unit.

Essential Functions

  • Leads the library’s Metadata Management Unit. Provides leadership, management, and technical expertise to plan and oversee regular unit work and special projects. Hires, trains, and onboards unit staff and carries out ongoing performance evaluation, including ongoing professional development for staff. Contributes to strategic and annual planning goals for the unit, department, and library. Creates and maintains unit workflow documentation and statistics. Supervises at least four full-time staff positions.
  • Provides expertise for ensuring high quality metadata in library systems. Oversees workflow management for physical materials and seeks ongoing system improvements to create efficiencies in managing physical resources. Creates and maintains import and integration profiles in the Library Services Platform. Collaborates with Access Services and other departments to plan for and carry out special projects as needed. Serves as a standing member of the library’s Alma and Primo administrative teams as the relevant cataloging subject expert. Serves as the American University representative to the WRLC Metadata Committee.
  • Collaborates with the Metadata Coordinator, Archivist for Special Collections and Digital Initiatives, and others as needed to plan for and carry out bibliographic description and metadata for archives, special collections, and digitized resources. Evaluates staff work to ensure metadata and cataloging performed meet agreed upon standards. Collaborates with Scholarly Communication Librarian, Metadata Coordinator, and others as needed to establish metadata input guidelines for metadata work in the institutional repository.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work



Project Leader/ Advisor A.

Salary Range

$80,000.00 - $87,000.00/year; to commensurate with experience.

Required Education and Experience

  • Master's degree
  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • 4-6 years of progressively responsible experience in an academic library. In-depth knowledge of best practices, issues, technologies, and trends in academic libraries in areas of cataloging, metadata, and workflow management.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience supervising full-time personnel.
  • Experience with library management systems and enterprise platforms such as Alma, Primo, OCLC Collection Manager, WorldCat and Connexion.
  • Demonstrated experience with original cataloging, subject analysis, classification, and authority control, in addition to standards including but not limited to MARC21, RDA, LCSH, LC Classification, MarcEdit.
  • Ability to develop policies and best practices in line with national and local standards.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects, develop and manage workflows, and create and maintain documentation.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience with acquisitions receiving, knowledgebases, and serials management.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends including BIBFRAME and Linked Data.
  • Knowledge of non-MARC metadata standards.
  • Knowledge of PCC standards and practices.
  • Experience with institutional repositories and digital archives.


AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options.

Other Details

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Please note this job announcement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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