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The Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian will supervise the Metadata Technologies Librarian in the Cataloging and Metadata Services department. They will manage and do the cataloging of physical and digital resources, including a focus on special collections copy-cataloging, in a variety of formats and subjects. The successful candidate will develop and maintain metadata policies and procedures, and stay current on national cataloging and metadata policies and issues. They will also foster a culture of innovation, collaboration, and professional growth within the department, ensuring that cataloging and metadata services meet the evolving needs of library users.
Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Develop and implement a strategic vision for the cataloging and metadata services department that aligns with the mission and goals of the library and the college.
Lead, mentor, and manage the Cataloging and Metadata Services team, including the Metadata Technologies Librarian.
Foster a culture of innovation, collaboration, and professional growth within the department.
Work closely with colleagues across the library to ensure that cataloging and metadata services support the evolving needs of library users.
Cataloging Operations & Authority Control: (45%)
Manage the cataloging of physical and digital resources in a variety of formats and subjects, including original and complex copy cataloging using OCLC Connexion, RDA, and LC Classification.
Develop and maintain metadata policies and procedures, and remain current on national cataloging and metadata policies and issues.
Collaborate with other campus resources when language or format expertise is necessary.
Evaluate and enhance existing MARC records to meet Five College cataloging requirements.
Work with consortium partners in the Five Colleges to develop procedures, resolve problems, and ensure consistency.
Collaborate with College Archives, faculty, and others to organize and bring under intellectual control institutional repository materials stored in ScholarWorks.
Participate as a member of the NACO Massachusetts Five College Funnel to provide authority control for Smith scholarship.
Update the Smith catalog to reflect headings changes and evolving national standards.
Special Collections Collaboration: (20%)
Create records or facilitate copy-cataloging initiatives for unique materials, including but not limited to rare books, manuscripts, serials, and other materials
Serve as a liaison between the Cataloging and Metadata Services department and the Special Collections department to facilitate effective communication and collaboration.
Be involved with limited outsourcing of special collections original cataloging needs
Train or facilitate training for special collections staff use of FOLIO
Metadata Services: (20%)
Develop and implement metadata services that support the discovery, access, and use of library resources and materials.
Collaborate with colleagues across the library to create metadata for digital collections and institutional repositories.
All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
3-5 years of experience in cataloging and metadata services, preferably in an academic setting.
MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited program OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in interactions with coworkers and a willingness to reflect those principles in descriptive work.
Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Experience managing a cataloging or metadata services team.
Experience cataloging records in WorldCat using OCLC Connexion Client or WorldShare Record Manager.
Ability to train colleagues and prepare effective training materials and documentation.
Demonstrated interest in professional development, including attending conferences, membership or leadership in committees, and NACO training.
Experience using an integrated library system like FOLIO, Alma, or similar.
Ability to work outside of bibliographic comfort zones, including non-Roman scripts or rare books and music cataloging.
Applied knowledge of RDA, LCSH, LC Classification, MARC21, and Qualified Dublin Core.
Familiarity with AACR2, Getty vocabularies, RDF, Wikidata, and linked data.
Demonstrated ability to lead a team and work in a team-based setting where consultation, flexibility, collaboration, and cooperation are essential.
For the care and safety of our community, Smith College requires that all employees be vaccinated as a condition of employment and as such, the incumbent will be required to be immunized against COVID-19 on or before their first day of employment. Proof of vaccination status will be required. Individuals may seek medical or religious exemption with HR, but must do so prior to their arrival.
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Review of applications will begin
December 4, 2023
About Smith College
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