Metadata/Catalog Librarian (Northern Illinois University)

Available: June 1, 2012

Position Description: See

Summary of Job Responsibilities:  Northern Illinois Universities seeks an enthusiastic, collaborative professional to fill the newly created position of Metadata/Catalog Librarian.  This position is responsible for the planning, implementation, and management of non-MARC metadata creation/provision for digital resources within the Library, including the Institutional Repository.  Coordinates the mapping of metadata between formats and the integration of metadata from a variety of sources for search and display.  Works collaboratively with the Technical Services Department and  Digital Initiatives Unit to facilitate the integration of non-MARC metadata creation into the traditional technical services workflow.  Responsible for providing training to staff related to non-MARC metadata creation.  Remains current with emerging metadata standards and tools.  Serves as the Technical Services Department resource for metadata standards and creation.  Performs original and copy cataloging and assists with catalog database maintenance as needed.  Leads or participates in special projects as assigned.  Maintains effective communication with colleagues, and members of the university community.  Fulfills requirements of faculty status in areas of contributions to librarianship, scholarly activities, and service.

Qualifications-Required:  Earned master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent for the appointment at the instructor rank (temporary).  Additional master’s degree required within four years for eligibility for tenure-track appointment.  Knowledge of and experience with MARC and non-MARC metadata schema (such as Dublin Core, MODS, METS, PREMIS, and VRA Core).  Demonstrated familiarity with XML/XSLT.  Knowledge of the principles of cataloging, subject analysis, classification, and authority control and ability to apply those principles according to recognized rules and standards, including LC classification, LCSH, and AACR2.  Experience using OCLC Connexion and with an Integrated Library System, Voyager preferred.  Strong oral and written communication skills. 

 Preferred:  Earned second master’s degree.  At least 2 years of relevant professional experience.  Knowledge of digital repository systems, especially DSpace and Fedora Commons.  Knowledge of metadata harvesting technologies, including OAI-PMH, and of library discovery systems such as Primo.  Experience with building or implementing subject-specific controlled vocabularies.  Knowledge of and interest in current issues, trends, and emerging standards in cataloging and metadata, including linked data and semantic web concepts, such as RDF or other ontologies.  Familiarity with RDA.  Experience working in a collaborative environment.  Demonstrated organizational, problem-solving, and planning skills.

Salary and Benefits:  Appointment rank and salary will be based on relevant experience and educational background.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Application:  To be considered for an interview, send letter of interest, resume, and the name/address/phone number/e-mail address of three references by March 31, 2012, to

Chalermsee Olson/Associate for Collections & Technical Services/Northern Illinois University Libraries /DeKalb, IL 60115-2868 /Email (preferred):


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