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Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian, DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Fairfield, Connecticut


JOB TITLE: Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian
DIVISION: Academic
DEPARTMENT: DiMenna-Nyselius Library

BASIC FUNCTION:  Supports infrastructure and workflows to provide timely and efficient access to library materials in all formats and languages by creating, enhancing, and/or managing catalog records according to national and international standards in Connexion/WorldCat and the local library system (Alma).  Represents the Library as cataloging resource person to external agencies.

UNUSUAL WORK CONDITIONS: Physical requirements: mobility; must be able to lift materials off shelf.  Requires some evening and weekend hours.


EDUCATION: Graduate degree in Library & Information Science (MLS or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited program, second Master’s in subject-specific field, or equivalent experience, is preferred.

ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE: Two years or more of cataloging experience using MARC and RDA, including experience in original cataloging of non-print formats for an academic library. Demonstrated knowledge of metadata standards and schema (e.g., MARC, Dublin Core), content standards (e.g., RDA, DACS), controlled vocabularies and experience classing materials according to LC classification scheme. Commitment to describing and stewarding diverse and inclusive collections. Knowledge of best practices, current trends and issues in metadata strategies. Communication, organization, analytical, and problem-solving skills. Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Strong commitment to service.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Administration certification in Alma and Primo. Experience with the following library systems: ALMA/Primo or other discovery platforms, EZproxy, and OCLC’s Connexion and  Worldshare.  Working knowledge of at least one foreign language. Familiarity with the principles of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), linked data principles and BIBFRAME, and policies or national cataloging programs, e.g., NACO, SACO, or CONSER. Progressive supervisory experience.

SUPERVISION OF PERSONNEL: Library Technical Specialist, 1-2 student assistants

REPORTS TO: Associate Dean for Technical Services and the Budget

  *   Hold primary responsibility for developing and maintaining the library catalog. Will be attentive to details and standards while taking an expansive view of how inclusive cataloging and metadata can support the academic library setting as well as further the research and teaching goals of the college.
  *   Perform library and archival original and enhanced copy cataloging as necessary via a broad knowledge of and value for local practice and adherence to national standards.
  *   Perform or oversee batchloading of resource records, as needed.
  *   Work collaboratively to create a cross-unit collaborative environment with Acquisitions/Collections, Cataloging/Metadata services, and Systems.
  *   Assist with training, oversight, and guidance to library staff performing cataloging or metadata activities in the library.
  *   Serve as an expert in MARC and non-MARC metadata and other evolving cataloging standards.
  *   Possess an understanding of technologies associated with integrated library systems (Alma) including familiarity with acquisitions, cataloging, and serials processes including management of resource records, order records, and bib records and other account and subscription information in order to get to the root of an issue and improve work processes and techniques.
  *   Possess a thorough understanding of and assist the Systems Librarian with configuration of all OCLC cataloging products used.
  *   Provide comprehensive assessment and analytics reporting as needed.
  *   Advise library leadership on current and evolving cataloging standards and best practices, including emerging trends associated with metadata services.
  *   Possess the ability to communicate well about cataloging/metadata priorities.
  *   Serve as an advocate for the library and university by participating in local, regional, and national professional events, including committees and professional development activities
Supervise and support staff. This includes:

  *   recruiting, hiring, and training staff,
  *   coaching and mentoring staff, as appropriate,
  *   overseeing the flow and quality of work, and schedules for staff,
  *   communicating effectively with staff concerning department and library-wide matters,
  *   evaluating staff performance.
Engage in the professional work of the Library. This includes:

  *   participating in the discussion and formulation of library policies, procedures, in the resolution of problems, and dissemination of information,
  *   monitoring developments in librarianship through attendance at meetings and workshops, membership in professional associations, and the reading of professional literature,
  *   promoting an image of efficiency, professionalism, and courtesy throughout the University community and consistent with the Library’s mission,
  *   contributing to the public relations and marketing of the Library,
  *   acting as a responsible committee and/or task force representative,
  *   attending staff meetings as requested,
  *   communicating effectively with supervisor concerning pertinent Library and/or University matters,
  *   hiring, training, and supervising student workers as necessary.
Perform other related duties as directed or dictated by responsibilities. Duties may be changed and/or be added at any time.

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

CAMPUS: Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT.  The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.  As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

How to apply:

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Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, Veterans, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.