Librarian, Cataloging and Metadata

Position: Librarian, Cataloging and Metadata
Location: Arlington, VA
Salary: $55,660.80 – $89,107.20 Annually

Originally posted on the Potomac Technical Processing Librarians (PTPL) listserv.

Join an innovative team that continuously strives to anticipate and meet community needs, maintain rich library collections, and improve upon a 98% customer satisfaction rating. Cataloging and Metadata Services is part of a Materials Management Division that centrally acquires, catalogs, classifies, and processes all materials for Central Library, seven branches, and the Pop-Up location, and maintains the integrity of a database of 300,000+ catalog records.

Specific responsibilities include:
• Playing a key role in the ongoing upkeep and maintenance of the library’s cataloging, authority control, receiving, and processing workflows.
• Insuring that print, non-print, and electronic resources are accessible to borrowers in the most timely and cost-effective manner possible.
• Supporting the manager in quality control for the cataloging and processing of all library materials, while maintaining proper cataloging standards and procedures.
• Keeping abreast of emerging trends, innovations and best practices affecting library systems and catalogs, and of methods of electronic resources management and metadata standards.
• Ability to use cataloging tools, such as MarcEdit, OCLC Connexion Client and Sierra’s global update and create lists functions. Implements changes and enhancements to the library database.
• Performing original and copy cataloging in all formats. Proven working knowledge of cataloging tools and resources (DDC, USMARC, RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LCNAF and LCC), and performing batch-loading of large vendor sets.
• Coordinating database policies and procedures for the library system, and performing database maintenance practices.
• Incorporating new ways of leveraging technology for collecting, organizing, and providing access to library materials.
• Supporting the cataloging and metadata needs of the Center for Local History.
The successful candidate will be able to help leadership inspire a broad and shared vision for innovative library services, demonstrate the ability to work quickly and accurately in a service and production-oriented environment, and thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing workplace.
Selection Criteria
Minimum Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited college or university, plus two years’ professional experience providing library services with at least one year in cataloging related work.

The ideal candidate will have experience providing programming or technical services that include the following:
• Knowledge of automated library cataloging, metadata standards, authority control, and acquisitions processes, such as Dewey Decimal Classification, AACR2, MARC21, LCSH, OCLC and LC subject headings, RDA, and LCNAF;
• Working with vendors to outsource cataloging and processing library materials, including those pertaining to shelf-ready product delivery;
• Workflows to incorporate new technologies or shifts in cataloging priorities.
• Knowledge of integrated library systems and statistical analysis;
• Understanding of typical collection development, acquisitions, and processing practices of a large library; and/or
• Experience with technical services modules of Innovative Interface’s Sierra or other automated systems.

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