Senior Metadata Specialist

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Independently converts and/or catalogs manual records and/or library materials to supply metadata content for contracting libraries and publishers/vendors.

This service: 1) adds and/or enhances records in WorldCat, resulting in continued growth and value of the database; and, 2) sets user's holdings online; fostering inter library loan transactions.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Creating metadata for both book and non-book titles, following descriptive cataloging rules according to AACR2/RDA and Library of Congress Rule Interpretations and/or LC-PSS PS, assigning subject headings, assigning Dewey, NLM, or LC call numbers.
  • Meeting daily and monthly production and productivity goals in a cost-effective manner and meeting tight contractual deadlines on a monthly basis.
  • Maintaining a quality level of 98% accuracy or better by monitoring all cataloging work.
  • Independently assuming work flow management responsibilities for 3-5 or more concurrent projects and meeting tight contractual deadlines on a monthly basis.
  • Answering some metadata and project specific questions and on rare occasions, acting as a liaison for client libraries.
  • Occasionally reviewing the work of less experienced staff members.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma
  • 2-3 years of experience as a Metadata Specialist I or equivalent, including independently creating metadata for books and/or one additional format.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to work effectively with other department staff, and with clients.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks under tight deadlines.
  • Practical and theoretical knowledge of current cataloging practices and the OCLC-MARC formats.
  • Experience assigning call numbers and subject headings in at least one scheme.
  • Reading knowledge of English


Desired Qualifications:
  • Library Technician Diploma or Master of Library of Science degree from an ALA accredited institution or comparable credentials, including two years of successful library experience in original cataloging.
  • Experience reviewing the cataloging work of other staff.
  • Reading knowledge of one or more non-English languages and/or subject specialization (e.g., music or law).
  • Experience in creating metadata for non-book formats.
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