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Job Title: Electronic Resources Metadata Librarian

Job Description:


The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) seeks a creative, collaborative individual to serve as Electronic Resources Metadata Librarian (ERML). As part of the Acquisitions and Metadata Services team, the ERML will focus on the creation, maintenance, and enrichment of metadata representing the library's electronic, digital, and virtual collections. The position will also assist the Team Leader of Acquisitions and Metadata Services in coordinating the cataloging and authority control of materials in all formats, including print and digital resources. The ERML will work closely with colleagues on the Acquisitions and Metadata Services team to evaluate and document policies, procedures, and workflows for cataloging, database maintenance, and non-MARC metadata creation within the library. The position will also collaborate with other teams at KSL, particularly the Digital Learning and Scholarship and Special Collections and Archives teams, as well as with university community and library partners, to help establish metadata policies and procedures and support metadata initiatives. This position will serve as a forward-thinking leader within and beyond the Acquisitions and Metadata Services team on matters of resource description and metadata management and will serve as the point person for coordinating metadata initiatives at KSL.



  1. Responsible for the creation of metadata and authority control for materials in all formats, including creation of metadata for digital objects as well as traditional library cataloging. 25%
  2. Responsible for quality control and batch record loading of vendor-supplied e-resource records into the ILS (Sierra). 25%
  3. Contribute to the development of metadata policies including descriptive, administrative, and technical metadata schemas for physical and digital collections appropriate for the library's current and future systems, and collaborate on the development of long-term solutions for improved metadata management and interoperability. 9%
  4. Serve as a metadata consultant to larger library projects and initiatives, contribute to strategic library initiatives focused on resource discovery and metadata management, and collaborate with internal and external partners on collaborative cataloging and metadata initiatives. 9%
  5. Develop training materials and documentation for library staff in the application of metadata standards, authority control, and cataloging policy and procedures. 9%
  6. Engage in continuous professional development to keep up with current and developing standards and practices for metadata and cataloging. 9%
  7. Participate on library, consortium, and university committees, teams, task forces, and special projects as deemed necessary or assigned. 6%
  8. Work closely with other team members and KSL staff to foster collaborative initiatives. 6%



Meet or exceed all expectations as outlined in the Librarian Broadband Policy. 1%

Perform other duties as assigned. 1%



Experience. The initial rank of the Electronic Resources 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. A Master of Library/Information Science degree or an advanced degree in a related discipline.



  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. Additionally:
  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. 
  5. Knowledge of metadata schemas and standards, such as Dublin Core, MODS, EAD, RDA, DACS, DCRM(B), etc., and controlled vocabularies, such as LCSH, LCNAF, and AAT.
  6. Experience with creating, editing, and transforming MARC and non-MARC metadata.
  7. Demonstrate self-motivation and the ability to work creatively, independently, and collaboratively.
  8. Demonstrate excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, computer/technological skills, and project management skills.
  9. Ability to manage a variety of tasks and multiple priorities.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of the mission, vision, goals and services of the library, and understand how to incorporate those within her/his own work.



Application information is available at http://bit.ly/2jQMgIP (Job ID 6572)

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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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