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Georgetown University Lauinger Library ( invites applications for the position of Metadata Librarian/Special Collections. 

Reporting to the Head of Metadata Services, the Metadata Librarian will work collaboratively with other Metadata Librarian(s) and Metadata Specialists to support the discovery of and access to Library acquired materials in a variety of languages and formats, special collections and digital content through metadata creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance according to local and national cataloging and metadata standards. The Librarian ensures timely access to our entitlements through accurate description of resources; participates in the evaluation of the effectiveness of metadata and performs necessary maintenance tasks on both MARC and non-MARC metadata to ensure its accuracy and continued resource discovery and access for the Georgetown University community; serves as a resource; and collaborates with others as needed to accomplish the goals of the Unit, Department, and Library.

Primary responsibility is the original and complex metadata creation for special collections/rare books/digital collections in a variety of subject areas and languages, creating metadata according to nationally accepted standards including descriptive cataloging rules found in the Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials and Books [DCRM(B)]. In cataloging rare books, uses related standards, such as the RBMS genre terms thesauri and AMREMM (Descriptive Cataloging of Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Manuscripts). Also describes digital resources using the appropriate metadata schema (preservation, access, description, etc.) to support the Georgetown University Library's digital collections. Metadata is provided within the digital library systems and/or within OCLC for inclusion in the local system. Support and serve as a resource to colleagues on metadata issues and practices for special and digital collections.

*Masters in Library/Information Science from an ALA accredited university required. Additional training or certification in working with rare books or special collections is preferred.
*Minimum 2 years of professional metadata creation experience in an academic or research library, and a minimum of two years professional experience creating metadata for rare and special collections are required. 
*Demonstrated knowledge of MARC and non-MARC metadata formats, standards and schema, such as Dublin Core, METS, EAD, TEI, MODS and AAT
*Working knowledge of descriptive bibliography and issues specific to rare materials required
*Working knowledge of current metadata standards such as FRBR, Resource Description and Access (RDA), Program for Cooperative Cataloging/Library of Congress Policy Statements, Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Library of Congress Classification (LCC), and other emerging standards required

*Working knowledge of special collections and rare book metadata standards including Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials and Books (DCRM(B)), Descriptive Cataloging of Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Manuscripts (AMREMM), and RBMS (Rare Books and Manuscripts Section) genre terms strongly preferred
*Experience using D-Space or other digital management system(s) preferred
*Experience with MarcEdit or other MARC editing tool a plus
*Prior attendance at Rare Book School a plus

Salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package including 21 days paid leave per year; medical; TIAA/CREF; tuition assistance. This is a 12-month, Academic/Administrative Professional (AAP) appointment.

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Shana L. McDanold
Head, Metadata Services
Georgetown University Library
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington, DC  20057
(202) 687-3356
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