Metadata and Catalog Librarian (University of Idaho Library)

The University of Idaho Library: Metadata and Catalog Librarian

Invitation to Apply: The University of Idaho Library invites applications from innovative and service-oriented individuals for the position of Metadata and Catalog Librarian. The person in this position will work closely with the Head of Cataloging and Collections, the Digital Initiatives librarian, two Catalog librarians, the staff of the Cataloging and Collections Department, the Northwest Knowledge Network (the university’s emerging data management system), and INSIDE Idaho, the official geospatial data clearinghouse for the State of Idaho. An ideal candidate will have strong analytical skills, an ability to produce accurate and detailed work, a strong commitment to service, and flexibility to adapt to an evolving environment. The University of Idaho Library currently has established digital collections and is an Enhance library for books format and a member of NACO. As a member of the Washington and Idaho Network (WIN) consortium, the library shares an online system with three other northern Idaho academic libraries.

Responsibilities: Provide metadata support for digitization initiatives in the Library; may use FGDC, ISO standards for geospatial data, DACS, Dublin Core, Darwin Core, and/or other metadata schemes to organize and provide access to library collections, including digital resources. Create original records and work with complex copy cataloging in a variety of formats (including electronic), in a variety of languages and subject areas following national cataloging standards such as AACR2 and/or RDA, LCSH, LCC, MARC, OCLC’s Bibliographic Formats and Standards, and other format-specific cataloging guidelines as appropriate. Consult with faculty and staff on the creation and maintenance of metadata. Share in the maintenance of the quality of the Library’s database in a Voyager system by contributing new bibliographic records to OCLC’s WorldCat database; improve the quality of that database by correcting or reporting errors; maintain and enhance the quality of the local Voyager integrated library system; may contribute name authority records to the Library of Congress name authority file through the Idaho NACO funnel.

Participate in problem-solving and policy-making activities and committee work; serve as a resource person to library employees for questions concerning cataloging, database maintenance, and workflow; work with the Head of Cataloging and Collections to develop and implement unit procedures and goals; share with library colleagues relevant information gained from professional activities, and use that knowledge to improve departmental operations.

As a member of the University of Idaho faculty, the successful candidate is expected to participate in planning and governance, to be able to work comfortably in a shared decision-making environment, and to be active professionally in research, outreach and professional service.

Starting Date:  January 9, 2012

Salary and Benefits:  Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor rank; salary at this rank is $41,000 plus full fringe benefits. For complete information regarding benefits, please refer to this website:

Required: Masters degree from an ALA-accredited library program; coursework, training, or experience with Dublin Core or non-MARC metadata schema; coursework, training, or experience with cataloging using AACR2 and/or RDA, MARC, LCSH; coursework, training, or experience with a library classification system such as LCC or DDC; familiarity with XML and XSLT; ability to work effectively, independently, and collaboratively in a collegial environment; ability to meet requirements for promotion and tenure; and excellent oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills.

Desired: Non-MARC metadata coursework beyond the basic or introductory level; AACR2 and/or RDA cataloging coursework beyond the basic or introductory level; experience using the Library of Congress classification system; familiarity with GIS; familiarity with FGDC and/or ISO standards for geospatial data; experience with cataloging and/or metadata on a professional or paraprofessional level (preferably in an academic library); experience with working on a professional or paraprofessional level in an academic library; familiarity with using Cataloger’s Desktop and Classification Web; previous experience with a data management system or institutional repository; experience with OCLC, particularly OCLC CONTENTdm; experience with the Ex Libris Voyager system or another integrated library system; bibliographic knowledge of one or more languages other than English sufficient for cataloging of materials in those languages; research interests that could lead to scholarly publication.

Ideal candidate will: be intellectually curious with a desire for continuous learning, enthusiastically contribute to the University’s research, teaching and outreach programs, explore emerging technologies with regard to potential library applications, and be committed to the ideals of faculty service.

To Apply: To be considered, applicants must complete the online application available at the University of Idaho’s Human Resources site:

Candidates will be asked to submit: letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for at least three references.

Contact:           Direct questions for additional information to:

Ben Hunter, Chair, Selection Committee
University of Idaho Library
PO Box 442350
Moscow, ID  83844-2350
Review of applications will begin August 15, 2011

To enrich education through diversity the University of Idaho is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

About the University of Idaho

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity. The student population of 12,000 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For more information, visit

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