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Faculty Position FY16-062

February 16, 2016

Position Title
Metadata Librarian, Assistant or Associate Professor 

Hiring Unit
Library & Information Services

Job Description/Responsibilities
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Library and Information Services invites applications from dynamic, proactive, and service-oriented candidates for the position of Metadata Librarian. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic, innovative, collegial, user-focused librarian who will provide leadership in metadata creation. As a member of the Library faculty, this position participates in library governance activities, provides expertise regarding innovations and trends relating to metadata, contributes to creative and scholarly research, and participates in campus-wide committees.

Reporting to the Director of Technical Services, works in collaboration with appropriate colleagues in the creation of digital collections and digital exhibits, including supplying metadata. Also performs original and complex adaptive cataloging of print and non-print materials according to national standards. Supervises maintenance of metadata for digital resources and related holdings input into OCLC and Voyager, develops comprehensive bibliographic descriptions, and assigns subject headings and classification numbers according to Library of Congress practice.

The primary responsibilities of the Metadata Librarian include:

  • Performs original and adaptive metadata creation and cataloging in all formats utilizing CONTENTdm, OCLC, and Voyager, with a focus on digital collections.
  •  Maintains knowledge of current metadata standards and best practices, cataloging practices and automated bibliographic access.
  • Participates in developing, teaching, and implementing metadata and cataloging policies and procedures.
  • Participates in retrospective conversion projects.  Resolves database maintenance problems and provides training, direction and support to paraprofessional staff in performing cataloging and maintenance routines. 
  • Participates in writing proposals and securing grants.
  • Serves at the Reference Desk, two - four hours per week.
  • Will work in collaboration with other LIS faculty on services to support data discovery, curation, preservation and sharing.

All LIS faculty and staff are responsible for working collaboratively to achieve University and LIS goals and objectives. 


Minimum Qualifications

  • M.L.S. from an A.L.A accredited library school
  • Experience working with collection management systems such as CONTENTdm
  • Demonstrated knowledge of MARC and non-MARC metadata formats, standards and schema (e.g. Dublin Core, METS, MODS, EAD, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially in a production-oriented environment

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills as well as a strong service orientation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with principles of authority control, including selecting and applying controlled vocabularies and ontologies to local collections
  • Experience using emerging technologies for metadata management and delivery
  • Experience with XML and XSLT and familiarity with data interchange standards
  • Experience with scripting languages, especially related to metadata manipulation
  • Experience with a national bibliographic utility such as OCLC and an integrated library system such as Voyager
  • Experience working with collaborative cross-departmental project teams

Terms of Appointment
Assistant or Associate Professor, 12-month continuing contract, tenure-track position.  To successfully achieve tenure, the successful candidate must demonstrate continued achievement in librarianship, scholarship and service in order to meet library and University criteria for tenure and promotion.

Source of Funds

Minimum of $43,000. Negotiable dependent upon credentials and experience. Excellent fringe benefits.

Application Process
Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae/resume, transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for now), and contact information for three current professional references to the address below or email your information to

Metadata Librarian Search Committee
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Lovejoy Library, Campus Box 1063
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1063

Application Deadline
Search ongoing; initial consideration of applications will begin on March 15, 2016. Position will remain open until filled.

 SIUE is a state university - benefits under state sponsored plans may not be available to holders of F1 or J1 visas. Applicants will be subject to a background check and/or drug screening prior to an offer of employment.  

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