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TITLE: Metadata/Cataloging Librarian
LOCATION: Monographic Services Division, University of Washington
Libraries, Seattle, WA
Among the largest academic research libraries in North America, the
University of Washington Libraries has a collection of more than six
million cataloged volumes, an equal number in microform format, more than
50,000 serial titles, and several million items in other formats. Students
and faculty recognize the value provided by the Libraries and rank the
Libraries as the most important source of information for their work. The
Libraries also receives the highest satisfaction rating of any academic
service on the surveys of graduating seniors conducted by the Office of
Educational Assessment. The Libraries was commended in the University's
2003 accreditation review for its rich collection, well-qualified staff,
and "exceptional service to students, staff development, and a commitment
to planning and assessment of service."
THE MONOGRAPHIC SERVICES DIVISION:
The Monographic Services Division is one of two technical services units
within the Resource Acquisitions and Description/Information Technology
Services department of the University of Washington Libraries. It acquires
and catalogs monographs and integrating resources for all three University
campuses, as well as Cascadia Community College, in most formats,
languages and subjects. The Division creates digital collections,
provides subject analysis and authority work for them, and plays a lead
role in setting cataloging policy and in developing metadata standards and
applications within the Libraries.
The Libraries seeks an innovative individual to provide expertise and
guidance in metadata schemas and standards and to assist in their
implementation within the Libraries and the University. The successful
candidate is expected over time to provide leadership in metadata
As a member of the Monographic Cataloging Section, which functions as a
self-managing unit of the Monographic Services Division, maintains
expertise in metadata schemas and standards, and provides guidance within
the Division and the Libraries in implementing them. Performs original
cataloging for monographs and integrating resources in all formats. May
serve on a rotating basis on the division's Management Team or as
Personnel Coordinator of the section.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
* Maintains a working knowledge of existing and emerging metadata
standards, schemas and best practices, as well as developments in
interoperability. In addition to traditional metadata schemas, the
Libraries currently employ Dublin Core, EAD and MARCXML, with work
developing on METS, MODS, OAI and VRA, as well as preservation-related
standards such as PREMIS and MIX.
* Assists in planning and implementing metadata for digital resources,
including selection of metadata schemas, standards, data elements, and
thesauri. Contributes to planning and implementation of an institutional
repository. Communicates about metadata developments to appropriate
* Creates metadata for digital collections originating within the
Libraries, the University or related consortia and projects. Trains staff
and others in metadata creation, and creates educational programs and
informational resources on metadata developments. Assists in the
development and oversight of workflows for metadata within the Division,
and writes and maintains documentation. May participate in grants or
* Performs original descriptive and subject cataloging and classification
of monographs, integrating resources and theses in all formats using
current Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Library of Congress
Classification and Subject Headings and/or NLM Classification and MeSH,
and OCLC/MARC tagging, in accordance with local policies.
* Contributes headings to the national authority file through NACO and
SACO; participates in BIBCO by contributing PCC records to OCLC.
* Serves as a cataloging liaison between the Division and selected library
* When serving as a member of the division's Management Team, participates
in the development, communication, implementation and evaluation of new
policies and procedures. Cooperatively prepares reports, studies and
surveys as required. Works with other team members to plan new
initiatives, adjust staffing and workflow, and meet changing circumstances
and goals. Assists and substitutes for the other team members when
* When serving as Personnel Coordinator of the section, conducts
performance evaluations for one librarian and four library specialists;
evaluates temporary staff as circumstances require; acts upon travel and
* Assists other catalogers and staff members in the interpretation of
cataloging and classification practices in areas of subject and language
expertise, sometimes in team cataloging.
* Serves on the Metadata Implementation Group. Participates in other
library committees and meetings as appropriate.
* May serve as a local computer expert to provide hardware and software
support and to communicate with Libraries' Information Technology
* Assumes other responsibilities as assigned; performs other duties as
* Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library
Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies
* Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the
contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
* Experience with one or more of these standards: Dublin Core, XML, EAD,
METS, MODS, or VRA.
* Understanding of XSL.
* Knowledge of AACR, MARC and national cataloging standards. Knowledge of
Library of Congress Classification and Subject Headings.
* Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language.
* Ability to work in a self-managing section.
* Excellent oral and written communications skills. Analytic and
* Ability to work effectively with individuals and with groups. Ability
to function well in a changing environment, to work effectively within a
large organization, and to exercise initiative in a collaborative
* Commitment to professional development and service.
* Experience creating XSL stylesheets.
* Cataloging experience with AACR and MARC tagging, preferably on OCLC.
* NACO, SACO or BIBCO experience.
* Experience with an integrated library system, preferably Innovative
* Work experience in a research library.
* Ability to provide support for common computer hardware and software
* Experience with scripting or programming languages.
$40,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and
Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of
Washington Retirement Plan (TIAA-CREF, The Vanguard Group, and/or Fidelity
Investments) on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 24
working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year.
No state or local income tax.
Charles E. Chamberlin
Senior Associate Dean
University of Washington Libraries
482 Allen Library
Seattle, Washington 98195-2900 USA
Applicants should submit a letter of application, full resume including a
work telephone number, e-mail address, salary requirements, and the names,
addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references who are
knowledgeable of the applicant's qualifications for this position.
To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than
5:00 p.m., Friday, April 27, 2007.
University of Washington Libraries' Home Page is
http://www.lib.washington.edu. The Monographic Service Division's Home
Page is http://www.lib.washington.edu/msd.
The University of Washington, an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Employer, is building culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages
applications from female and minority candidates.
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the
University is required to verify and document the citizenship or
employment authorization of each new employee.