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Library - Metadata Associate

Library - Metadata Associate


Position Summary

Working under the Metadata and Digital Collections Librarian, the Library Metadata Associate is responsible for all cataloging and processing operations in the library, including mending.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required

College degree. Experience with OCLC preferred. Training in Word and Excel required.  Experience with an integrated online library system helpful. Must work independently and relate well to others within the academic environment.


Library Metadata Associate duties include:

  • Perform pre-cataloging searching using OCLC of new library materials (including gifts)
  • Catalog materials in various formats using copy from selected libraries; download appropriate records from the OCLC database into the local library database
  • Prepare original descriptive cataloging and subject classification for review by librarian and process records from librarian prepared or reviewed copy
  • Serve as primary resource for cataloging questions, solve database and barcoding problems
  • Along with the Metadata and Digital Collections Librarian, responsible for quality control in the online catalog; create database search strategies to discover and rectify inconsistencies and errors 
  • Generate needed reports with analytics software; assist other library staff members in developing search and report strategies; evaluate results and troubleshoot problems.
  • Train, supervise, and evaluate student workers in processing library materials
  • Manage library mending operations, including training student works, evaluating library materials and ordering supplies
  • Establish and optimize policies and procedures for special projects
  • Compile annual, monthly and daily cataloging and processing statistics
  • Works with Library Director and Head of Technical Services and Systems to optimize access to special collections
  • Prepare lists for inventory procedures and assist with missing item replacement
  • Serve on library teams as needed
  • Attend appropriate meetings and professional development seminars
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Experience with OCLC preferred. 
  • Training in Word and Excel required.  
  • Experience with an integrated online library system helpful. 
  • Must work independently and relate well to others within the academic environment.
  • Work effectively with people of diverse ages, ethnic, gender and sexual orientation, disabilities and socio-economic backgrounds. 
Application Instructions

As part of the online application, candidates will upload a cover letter and resume. In addition, please enter the contact information for three references on the application (including current email addresses). Those references will be contacted by Human Resources upon application to submit a reference form.

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