Metadata and Cataloging Librarian – George Mason University – Fairfax, VA

The George Mason University Libraries seeks a Metadata and Cataloging Librarian. Under the direction of the Head of Resource Description and Metadata Services, this position implements and supports metadata strategies associated with digital initiatives and projects. The successful candidate will serve as the primary resource for non-MARC metadata and designs and provides documentation, training and consultation on creation and application of metadata for the University Libraries.

Duties Include: establishing procedures for creation and maintenance of metadata for digital and nontraditional library collections; working with other library departments to establish procedures for metadata creation; performing quality control on metadata for digital collections; transforming metadata for ingest into our institutional repository and digital collections platform; maintaining knowledge of current description standards such as RDA, FRBR/FRAD and emerging trends and practices such Linked Data/BIBFRAME/; guiding and training library staff in adoption of these trends; serving on library committees and teams as assigned; and managing student assistants. As a member of the RDMS department, the successful candidate is also expected to catalog media using traditional rules (RDA, LCSH, LCC, MARC21) and may also work with the Information Analyst for Technical Services to prepare record sets for ingest.

Required Qualifications:
• An ALA-accredited MLS/MIS/MLIS, or ALA-recognized foreign equivalent degree
• Demonstrated experience with non-MARC metadata (Dublin Core, MODS, EAD, etc.)
• Experience with XML, XSLT, and/or other tools or macros for large-scale editing/transforming of metadata
• Experience with an XML editor such as Oxygen
• Familiarity with authority work
• An understanding of controlled vocabularies, taxonomies, and ontologies
• Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach to problem solving and working across organizational boundaries
• Aptitude for complex, analytical work with an attention to detail, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and competing deadlines
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a congenial team environment

Preferred Qualifications:
• 2 years professional level experience
• Experience with MARC21, AACR2, RDA, LCSH, LCC
• An awareness of cataloging issues and trends, especially Linked Data, BIBFRAME, and
• Knowledge of integrated library systems and content management systems
• Supervisory experience
• Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language

The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and four other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. One of Virginia’s leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it undergoes extensive transformation in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library—innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at for more information.

All applications for this position (FA606z) MUST be submitted online at the George Mason employment page <>. Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references. Questions should be directed to Debra Hogan, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Libraries, at <>. Review of applications begins January 8, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled.

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