Metadata Librarian, Modern Greek Specialty – Princeton University Library – Princeton, NJ

Metadata Librarian, Modern Greek Specialty
Princeton University Library
Princeton, New Jersey
Requisition #1500639

The Princeton University Library is one of the world’s leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,700 graduate students, 1,200 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, and images. The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities.

Major Responsibilities:

Princeton University Library seeks a flexible and innovative Metadata Librarian with a specialization in the language, history and culture of Modern Greece to become part of a team responsible for creating, converting and managing metadata to promote and enhance control of and access to the Library’s digital and print collections in Modern Greek.

Princeton University’s Modern Greek collections includes over 20,000 volumes and more than 250 current periodical titles covering all aspects of post-Byzantine Greek culture, with special strength in Modern Greek literature. This, along with extensive archival collections of prominent Greek authors, historians, and political figures, makes Princeton’s one of the world’s premier collections for the study of Modern Greek culture, attracting scholars from around the world.

The position reports to the Director of Cataloging and Metadata Services. The incumbent will provide metadata for newly-acquired material in Greek, including rare books, and for digital initiatives. S/he will collaborate with colleagues within Technical Services and in other Library departments on digital and cataloging projects to enhance access to the collections. The librarian will work with multiple library systems, traditional and modern metadata encoding, and employ tools for cross-walking, storing and re-purposing data. This position will require a firm and broad conceptual understanding of cataloging principles and the ability to apply and adapt them to existing and emerging media in a variety of encoding formats. Success in this position will require a commitment to achieving priority throughput of new acquisitions, a dedication to content quality assurance to foster discovery, and the imagination to arrive at new solutions to both new and traditional challenges, especially through capitalizing on the advantages offered by new technologies.

Essential Qualifications:

– MLS combined with an academic background in post-Byzantine Greek studies; or an advanced degree in post-Byzantine studies with an emphasis on Modern Greek language, literature, culture, and history.
– Strong reading knowledge of Modern Greek.
– Ability to Romanize Greek according to the ALA/LC Romanization table.
– Demonstrated proficiency and familiarity with library-relevant information technology and standards, especially those related to linked data, data visualization, XML and tools for data manipulation.

Strongly Preferred Qualifications:

– One year of comparable cataloging experience.
– RDA cataloging experience and/or NACO experience.
– Experience providing cataloging and metadata for digital formats, and in creating and editing non-MARC metadata using standards and schema such as Dublin Core, MODS, etc.

Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.