The Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL) has an opening for a
Catalog/Metadata Librarian at a minimum starting salary of $44,856 per year.
Headquartered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., SIL serves the
Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex, with holdings
of 1.5 million books, manuscripts, and other materials in 20 libraries
throughout the Institution.
DUTIES: The incumbent is responsible for original and complex copy
cataloging on OCLC and SIRIS (The Smithsonian Institution Research
Information System). Works closely with Smithsonian Institution Staff in
the selection and application of appropriate metadata schema to support
retrieval and management of digital products. The incumbent contributes
MARC cataloging for materials in English and foreign languages in all
formats to OCLC and to SIRIS according to national standards and local
policies using LCSH and LC Classification; creates MARC authority records
under national and local guidelines. Participates in the evaluation and
application of current and emerging metadata standards and determines
metadata needs for new digital resources. Creates and maintains best
practices documentation for adapting metadata schema for local purposes.
The incumbent uses promising new metadata/cataloging tools or technologies,
developing strategies for integrating new technologies and services into
existing practices. Ensures quality control of metadata used at the SIL.
SELECTIVE FACTORS: (Applicants must meet all of these mandatory
requirements in order to be considered qualified to compete for a position.)
Knowledge of current national cataloging standards and practices.
Knowledge of current and emerging trends in metadata standards and schema.
QUALITY RANKING FACTORS: (These factors are not mandatory to be considered
for a position, but will be used to determine the highest qualified
candidates among those who meet the selective factors.) Ability as
demonstrated by experience to create original or complex copy cataloging
records (experience with non-book formats should be noted). Knowledge of
current and emerging metadata standards. Knowledge in reading one or more
languages other than English to be able to provide original cataloging for
materials in those languages. Skill in the use of desktop applications such
as MS Word, Excel and Access.
The full vacancy announcement with instructions for applicants can be found
at http://www.sihr.si.edu/vac/06MP-6275.pdf as well as the USAJOBS website
at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov (applicant must be U.S. citizen). Or, for a
complete application package call (202) 287-3102 (our 24-Hour Touchtone
Activated/Automated Request Center) and request Vacancy Announcement
#06MP-6275. All applications must be received by Nov. 1, 2006. The
Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.