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Job Title: Acquisitions & Metadata Services Librarian

Job Description:


Librarians work in service-driven teams that support university research, instruction, and library collections services. Librarian positions require expertise in library services nurturing library partnerships with teaching and research faculty, students, staff, other libraries, publishers, etc. The Metadata Librarian for Acquisition and Metadata Services will be assigned to perform work related to cataloging and metadata creation, including original and copy MARC cataloging of monographs, continuing resources, non-print media, ETDs, and rare books; complex cataloging corrections and database maintenance as well as authority control in Sierra ILS; and other metadata creation regardless of format. The position also collaborates with other teams at Kelvin Smith Library, particularly the Digital Learning and Scholarship and Special Collections and Archives teams, as well as with the university community and library partners, to help establish metadata policies and procedures and support metadata initiatives.



  1. Responsible for creation of metadata for materials in all formats, including traditional library cataloging and creation of metadata for digital objects. (40%)
  2. Responsible for updating and maintaining authority records in Sierra ILS. (15%)
  3. Ensure compliance with national and local standards, such as MARC, RDA, DCRM(B), LCSH, LCNAF, LCCS, OCLC, and LC cataloging practices, as well as current cataloging and metadata schemas, such as Dublin Core, MODS, METS, and EAD. (15%)
  4. Compile, maintain, and analyze relevant statistics. (9%)
  5. Participate on library, consortial, and university committees, teams, task forces, and special projects as deemed necessary or assigned. (10%)
  6. Work closely with other team members and KSL staff to foster collaborative initiatives. (9%)



  1. Meet or exceed all expectations as outlined in the Librarian Broadband Policy. (1%)
  2. Perform other duties as assigned. (1%)



Department: The Librarian has regular contact with the Acquisitions & Metadata Services Team Leader to ensure excellent service. The Librarian has moderate contact with staff on all levels of the organization to support the provision of library services. Occasional contact with managers and staff of other units in the library as required by projects.

University: The Librarian has minimal contact with faculty and students. Consult occasionally with other campus librarians to coordinate information management decisions for the provision of library services. Consult with staff throughout the university to develop and implement programs for the delivery of services to students and faculty.

External: Participate in local, regional and national organizations to maintain a network of informational professionals. Infrequent to occasional collaboration with colleagues in OhioLINK and other academic libraries. Infrequent to occasional contact with vendors to support the work of team.

Students: Occasional communication with students to provide assistance and information resources to support their education and research needs.



This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities but may supervise non-exempt staff, student employees, and temporary full or part-time workers.



Experience: The initial rank of the Metadata Librarian, Acquisition & Metadata Services, will be based upon the qualifications of the individual with regard to that person’s professional knowledge, abilities and skills; contributions to the profession through service and scholarly endeavors; and, professional qualities consistent with university and library values.

Education/Licensing: MLS or equivalent degree, with completion of a second advanced degree within the area of specialization preferred.



  1. Job Performance. Possess significant knowledge, skills, and abilities within one’s work domain. Understands and can apply more advanced techniques and technologies, and has demonstrated good judgment in the field. Demonstrable evidence that the individual is developing specialized skills, developing leadership capabilities and management potential. Able to identify and interact with internal and external stakeholders. Demonstrate the ability to employ general organizational theories and practices in the library environment.
  2. Professional Knowledge, Abilities and Skills. Possess a significant level of expertise in one’s area of work. Evidence of significant professional growth and contributions to the library and institution. Able to explain to others the mission, vision, goals and services of the library, and fully incorporate them within her/his own work. Demonstrate understanding of the external environments, cultures, and interrelationship of the library. An effective ambassador for the library and able to interact regularly with others on campus.
  3. Professional Contributions. Contribute to the library profession and building a reputation for professional contributions through committee service and professional publications or presentations to professional organizations at the local, regional or national level.
  4. Professional Qualities. An inquisitive self-starter who works well both independently and as a member of organizational teams.



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What and Where is Siegal?

The notation "Siegal" in the online catalog refers to the Aaron Garber Library of the Siegal College of Judaic Studies at 26500 Shaker Blvd. Cleveland OH 44122. The Aaron Garber Library is the academic library of the College and the central library of the Cleveland Jewish community. It includes 30,000 volumes, plus periodicals, language tapes, music and text CDs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The Library's electronic catalog is part of the online library system managed by Case Western Reserve University, and is included in OhioLINK, the statewide electronic academic catalog system. Online borrowing privileges are reserved for students registered at Siegal College. Community members are welcome to browse the catalog, visit the Garber Library and borrow materials.

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