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Job Vacancy: E-resources Metadata Librarian, University of Washington

  • 1.  Job Vacancy: E-resources Metadata Librarian, University of Washington

    Posted May 09, 2022 02:56 PM
    The University of Washington Libraries has an opening for an E-resources Metadata Librarian.


    Reporting to the Head of the Metadata and Cataloging Initiatives Unit, the E-resources Metadata Librarian manages cataloging workflows for monographic and integrating electronic resources. This position works collaboratively within and outside the department to implement e-resources metadata strategies that best support library operations and discovery. The E-resources Metadata Librarian coordinates and contributes to the cataloging of monographic and integrating e-resources. This position also leads cataloging remediation and enrichment projects to ensure optimal discovery of the Libraries' collections.

    The successful candidate will have the ability to thrive in a future-oriented Libraries environment, and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities. This is a full-time position with a flexible start date.

    This position is not tenure eligible. Please see the Librarian Personnel Code for the Librarian promotion process.

    The University of Washington and the Service Employees International Union, Local 925 (SEIU 925) are currently in the process of negotiating their first collective bargaining agreement. This position is subject to the collective bargaining agreement and represented by SEIU 925. For more information and updates on the bargaining process, please visit https://hr.uw.edu/labor/academic-and-student-unions/seiu-925-libraries.



    • Identifies metadata options for e-resource packages that best support library operations and timely discovery.
    • Creates record import profiles and performs batch record loading, maintenance, and enhancement.
    • Analyzes monographic e-resource package entitlements and addresses gaps in discoverability.
    • Coordinates the distribution of cataloging requests for monographic and integrating e-resources to other catalogers.
    • Contributes to original and complex copy cataloging (bibliographic description, subject and genre/form analysis, classification, and authority control) of monographic and integrating e-resources using OCLC/MARC tagging, Resource Description & Access (RDA), LC-PCC Policy Statements and Program for Cooperative Cataloging guidelines, Library of Congress classification, and Library of Congress subject headings, genre/form terms, and demographic group terms.
    • Contributes headings to the national authority files through NACO and SACO; may participate in BIBCO by contributing full level PCC records to OCLC. May serve as a cataloging liaison between the department and selected library units.
    • Assesses metadata integrity and leads cataloging remediation and enrichment projects.
    • Develops and maintains department documentation related to e-resource cataloging and cataloging remediation and enrichment.
    • May recruit, hire, train and supervise student and/or hourly employees.
    • Pursues opportunities for professional growth aligned with position responsibilities, and professional interests and goals. Follows trends in the profession and continually updates knowledge of issues and current developments as they relate to the position.
    • Contributes to the UW Libraries and the profession through productive service in professional associations, consortial activities, and University Libraries committees and task forces, as appropriate.
    • Demonstrates the ability to communicate appropriately, effectively, and positively. Uses the strategies in the Libraries' Personal Communication Responsibility Guidelines.


    Position will be at the rank of Assistant, or Senior Assistant Librarian, depending on qualifications and background. See the Librarian Personnel Code for librarian rank appointment criteria, http://www.lib.washington.edu/about/employment/hr/libpersonnelcode/view.



    Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. This is a full-time, 12-month appointment. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.



    $54,000 minimum. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.



    While we hope to fill the position by Summer 2022, we are happy to work with the successful candidate to explore opportunities for an earlier or later start date.



    • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
    • Experience cataloging library materials, including e-resources, using OCLC/MARC tagging and cataloging and classification standards such as RDA, LCC/LCSH/LCGFT, and BIBFRAME.
    • Knowledge of current trends and developments in providing and managing metadata for electronic and digital resources.
    • Experience batch loading MARC records.
    • Strong analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills, as well as attention to detail.
    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace as evidenced through the applicant's Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) Statement.
    • Evidence of the ability to work with a diverse set of colleagues and stakeholders in a demanding and rapidly changing environment where consultation, collaboration, and cooperation are valued and essential.
    • Evidence of excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.


    • Experience using OCLC Connexion.
    • Experience using OCLC WorldShare Collection Manager.
    • Experience using Alma library management system resource management functions, import profiles, and normalization rules, especially in a consortial environment.
    • Experience using metadata and knowledgebase manipulation tools such as KBART, MarcEdit, regular expressions, and Python.
    • Experience contributing headings to national authority files through NACO and/or SACO.
    • Experience planning and implementing cataloging remediation and enrichment projects.
    • Working knowledge (ability to catalog with the use of a dictionary as necessary) of one or more languages in addition to English.
    • Evidence of excellence in the documentation and explanation of complex procedures.

    Application Instructions

    The closing date for applications is 8:59 p.m. PDT/11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 3, 2022. To ensure consideration, applications must be completed in Interfolio by this time.

    The following documents are required as part of your application for this vacancy:

    • Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Director, Libraries Human Resources)
    • Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)
    • List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses, and specify current supervisor)
    • Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) Statement*

    *UW Libraries Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) Statement Guidelines

    Equity is a core value of the UW Libraries and an integral component of the Libraries 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. We aspire to become a truly inclusive and equitable organization. We actively support the University in sustaining diversity, creating inclusive experiences for the UW community, and confronting institutional bias and structural racism. In your application, please include a separate statement of no more than 300 words that describes your potential or experience to support and contribute to the Libraries' commitment to providing equitable services and resources to all people, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status.

    University of Washington Libraries Home Page is http://www.lib.washington.edu.

    For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lillard at libjobs@uw.edu.

    For the full notice of vacancy, and application process, please see https://apply.interfolio.com/106205.

    Adam Schiff
    Principal Cataloger
    University of Washington Libraries