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Recruiting for Head of Metadata Services at Washington University in St. Louis

  • 1.  Recruiting for Head of Metadata Services at Washington University in St. Louis

    Posted Oct 25, 2021 08:57 AM

    Posted on my employer's behalf.  Apologies for cross-posting. -- Mark Scharff, Music/Special Collections Catalog Librarian, Washington University Libraries

    The Washington University Libraries is searching for the Head of Metadata Services. This role will be joining the Libraries at an exciting time with new leadership at the Libraries and University level, and at the beginning of a new strategic plan. The selected individual will have the opportunity to help shape a new department. Come join our team in the Libraries at Washington University in St. Louis at a very exciting time. Leland Deeds, the AUL for the division, is happy to answer any questions regarding the position, division, organization, area or institution.


    About the Libraries

    The Washington University Libraries is comprised of 12 libraries on the university's Danforth, West, and Medical School Campuses. Reporting to the Vice Provost and University Librarian and in association with 3 campus partners, the libraries' operate as a collaborative system in support of the research, teaching, and learning mission of the university. The Libraries' house more than 3.6 million books, journals, and other print materials; 2.5 million microforms; 50,000 AV titles; and have access to more than 65,000 electronic journals and more than 1.8 million e-books. The libraries' 135 dedicated professional and support staff serve an increasingly diverse community and exemplify the libraries' commitment to meet the needs of faculty, staff and students for the present - and for years to come.


    Position Summary

    The Head of Metadata Services oversees policies, procedures, and processes related to MARC and non-MARC metadata description across the University Libraries. This position directly supervises 6 FTE, 3 professional and 3 support staff. Reports to the Associate University Librarian for Collection Management and Access Services.

    Managerial Duties:

    • Managerial Leadership:  Lead the work of unit staff and facilitate organizational contributions of the unit with visible leadership that promotes a culture of performance:  Initiate and lead the planning, implementation, and assessment of unit services and activities in alignment with Library strategic directions.
    • Performance Management: Hire, train, direct, and mentor unit staff to carry out duties at the expected high level of performance, and regularly assess staffing performance effectiveness with clearly articulated performance expectations and regular, timely feedback in alignment with organizational processes and standards;
    •  Workplace Management: Develop, implement, and assess short- and long-term strategies for conducting unit services and key project activities; manage and regularly evaluate assignment of work and responsibilities for effective accomplishment of unit objectives; and manage an inclusive and equitable work environment for operations.
    • Managerial Communication: Consistently demonstrate accurate, timely, informed, bi-lateral communications relevant to unit, organizational, and institutional issues, and manage unit awareness of organizational communications, including unit requirements and goals resulting from organizational strategy.

    Other Duties:

    • Develops, recommends, administers, and assesses policies, procedures and processes in support of cataloging and metadata services, in collaboration with managers across the organization, and related to descriptive metadata creation; Implements and monitors compliance with approved policies, procedures and processes.
    • Oversees the department's budget, spending, and reporting; Uses data to inform appropriate budgeting in support of in-house and outsourced cataloging; Initiates periodic workflow and outsourcing contract evaluations; Leads organizational committees, task forces, etc. that relate to collections and as appropriate.
    • Works with key stakeholders to develop, coordinate, and implement bibliographic control policy and practices across the ILS, discovery, and digital repository systems.




    Leland R. Deeds

    Associate University Librarian, Collection Management & Access Services 

    Washington University in St. Louis |  John M. Olin Library |  St. Louis, Missouri  63130

    314.935.5400 |  ldeeds@wustl.edu


    Mark Scharff
    Music/Special Collection Catalog Librarian
    Washington University
    Gaylord Music Library