Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Catalog & Metadata Management Librarian @Binghamton University, SUNY

Binghamton University Libraries is now recruiting for the position of Catalog & Metadata Management Librarian. Applications submitted by February 23, 2018 will receive first consideration.

Going to ALA Midwinter?  We will be at the ALA JobList Placement Center Open House 10:30-noon, Sunday, Feb. 11.  Stop by to learn more about the position and working at Binghamton University Libraries.

Catalog & Metadata Management Librarian

Are you interested in a cataloging position working with a broad array of collections in a variety of formats? Does ensuring metadata quality and performing authority work at an academic library that serves a growing research university appeal to you? Binghamton University, ranked 38th in the country for public universities by U.S. News & World Report, is looking for a knowledgeable and enthusiastic librarian to fill the role of Catalog & Metadata Management Librarian.

Binghamton University Libraries is a collaborative environment that offers great opportunities for growth, and we encourage you to consider joining our team! Find out more about being a part of the Binghamton University community at or view

Job Description:
The Catalog & Metadata Management Librarian will provide leadership in managing the Libraries’ bibliographic quality control. This includes ensuring data quality and integrity in the Libraries’ catalog and for our digital collections, and contributing to authority control initiatives such as NACO. The Catalog & Metadata Management Librarian will actively participate in original and complex cataloging projects as a member of the team responsible for providing original, adjusted and copy cataloging and bibliographic control for a wide range of materials in various formats.
This position reports to the Assistant Head of Cataloging, with the Director of Technical Services as second-line supervisor. Technical Services is closely integrated with all other departments within the Libraries and utilizes a flexible workflow approach. Librarians at Binghamton University are members of the faculty and are expected to contribute significantly to the profession.
Duties & Responsibilities:
       Manages metadata quality control and bibliographic database problem resolution to ensure records meet local and national standards.
        Performs original and complex cataloging for materials in a variety of languages and formats. Creates catalog and/or metadata records for general collections, Special Collections, and special projects as needed.
       Creates or modifies NACO authority records and performs other authority work as necessary to maintain database integrity.
       Provides direction and training to staff in database maintenance and data quality control, and develops new and effective approaches to quality control.
       Assists with and/or manages special cataloging projects.
       Provides onsite cataloging and bibliographic control services for collections at the Libraries’ Annex.
       Collaborates with staff and department heads across the Libraries to implement cross-functional initiatives.
       Participates in professional activities and committee assignments within the Libraries, on campus, and in professional associations at a level to meet faculty criteria for promotion and tenure. Maintains a current knowledge of national and international developments and trends in cataloging, metadata, and bibliographic and authority control.
Required Qualifications:
       Graduate degree in library/information science from an ALA accredited institution, received by time of appointment
       Demonstrated ability to apply the following cataloging tools: Resource Description and Access (RDA), Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and classification (LCC), and MARC
       Working knowledge of non-MARC metadata schemas (especially Dublin Core)
       Demonstrated ability to manage projects and adapt to evolving project conditions
       Working knowledge of one or more non-English languages 
       Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and communicate clearly with a variety of people in a diverse environment
       Demonstrated ability to work with detail to ensure accuracy
Preferred Qualifications:
       At least one year of appropriate professional experience
       Experience with OCLC (i.e., Connexion) and Ex Libris products (e.g., Aleph, Alma)
       Understanding of linked data principles, including RDF and ontologies as well as emerging library applications (e.g., BIBFRAME) and name identifier systems (e.g., ORCID, ISNI)

Collection Development Librarian, Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support, Yale University Library

Collection Development Librarian, Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support
Yale University Library
New Haven, CT
Requisition:  47227BR

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

Position Focus: Reporting to the Director of the Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support (DASHRS), the Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities provides vision and leadership for collection development for DASHRS, including budget planning and spending oversight; departmental policy development, review, and implementation; and serials and approval plan profile development, performance review, and assessment. In collaboration with the Director, the Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities assists in leading goal-setting and strategic planning initiatives to develop responsive and innovative collection development and outreach services. The Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities must demonstrate a strong commitment to agile, responsive, and innovative research collection development in support of teaching and research in the area studies and humanities.

The Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities leads and manages the collections-related work of the research support librarians in the department, including goal-setting and performance review related to collection development duties. Works with colleagues across Yale University Library (YUL) to compile and analyze collection usage data from a variety of sources to inform decisions. Understands the distinctive nature of responsive, discipline-specific collection development and utilizes metrics and other evaluation criteria to support data-informed collection development decisions. Provides budget projections for library collections to ensure the effective management of general and endowed collection funds in accordance with university and library fiscal policies. Implements practices and tools to increase the efficiency of departmental processes and workflows, in partnership with other YUL departments. Serves as the primary liaison with YUL Technical Services Department to ensure efficient processing of materials in all formats and languages.

Collaborates with collections staff throughout the YUL on approaches to resource expenditures and coordinated collection development and policies.  Represents the department on the YUL-wide Collections Steering Committee and works closely with the central Collection Development Department. The Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities participates in various YUL committees, task forces, and working groups, and is expected to demonstrate professional leadership and commitment in appropriate regional, national, and/or international professional organizations. May participate in YUL outreach activities, such as the Personal Librarian program for undergraduates.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:
  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school. An additional advanced degree in the area studies or humanities is strongly preferred; minimum of 5 years of professional experience.
  • Demonstrated ability in collection development and knowledge of scholarly publishing practices and trends. Experience supervising subject specialists. Demonstrated commitment to innovation and excellence in library public services.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage budgets. Demonstrated ability to design and manage projects, bringing them to a successful conclusion in a timely manner.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills. Demonstrated proficiency in Excel. Experience with a Library Management System for acquisitions. Experience using quantitative and/or qualitative data to inform decision-making.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively across organizational units in a diverse, rapidly-changing, team-based environment

Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can be found at:

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Experience working with academic research library collections and services. Experience providing training and creating documentation. Experience with Voyager software.

The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 15 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at

Salary and Benefits
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

How to Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Processing Archivist - Chinese Materials (2 Year Position), Columbia University

Processing Archivist - Chinese Materials (2 Year Position), Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Requisition Number:
Field(s) of Specialization:
Rare Book and Manuscript Library  
Position Title:
Processing Archivist - Chinese Materials (2 Year Position)  
2203- LIB Collections and Services  
Department Number:
Summary Description:
The Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML) seeks an experienced professional to arrange and describe Chinese language archives and manuscript material in all formats held by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library according to local and national best practices.

Reporting to the Head of Archives Processing, responsibilities include:

- Processing: Arrange and describe manuscript material and archival collections in all formats (paper, photographic, electronic, audiovisual, etc.). Develop processing plans for collections, including determining level of granularity at which to process, assure appropriate housing of materials, identify and recommend materials for conservation treatment, write and edit finding aids according to DACS (Describing Archives: a Content Standard) specifications.

- Technical Services: Encode finding aids (written by self, students, interns, and other archivists) into EAD (Encoded Archival Description- an xml markup language) and publish them online, catalog collections using Voyager in accordance with appropriate bibliographic standards (MARC, RDA, etc), maintain metrics on processing and submit regular reports on the ongoing processing and cataloging work. Create item-level metadata for digital objects relating to archival collections as appropriate.

- Public Service: Supports and participates in reference and public service with reference work; including answering reference queries (email, telephone), staffing front desk and supervising the reading room.

- Training, Instruction, and Supervision: Train and supervise the work of students, support staff, and interns working on archival projects. Assist in training peers (archivists) in EAD and other best practices, and assist in training new archivists on staff. Provide instructional support for Columbia and non-Columbia students and classes.

- Professional Involvement and Development: Participate in unit-wide, library-wide, and profession-wide planning and committee activities.

- Administrative Tasks: Participate in planning and strategy meetings for the general staff and various smaller groups.


The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is Columbia University's largest repository for primary source collections. The range of collections in the RBML span more than 4,000 years and comprise rare printed works, cylinder seals, cuneiform tablets, papyri, and Coptic ostraca; medieval and renaissance manuscripts; as well as art, photography, and realia. Some 500,000 printed books and 14 miles of manuscripts, personal papers, organizational archives and records form the core of RBML holdings. The history of publishing, comics, graphic arts, human rights, the performing arts, and the Bakhmeteff Archive of Russian émigré materials are strengths of the RBML. The RBML is also home to the University Archives and the archival arm of the Columbia Center for Oral History. In addition, the RBML hosts several faculty and graduate student researchers each year through both the Library Research Awards and Primary Sources Internship programs. For more information about RBML collections and services, see

As one of the world's leading research universities, Columbia University in the City of New York provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a dynamic, multicultural, intellectual community. The Columbia University Libraries comprises a diverse and engaged staff committed to furthering the University's teaching and research mission through innovation, collaboration, and a commitment to excellence.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and strongly encourages individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to consider this position. We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  
Minimum Degree Required:
MLS or PhD or equivalent  
Minimum Qualifications:

All applicants MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered for the position.
1. Reading knowledge of Chinese
2. Comprehensive knowledge of archival theory and practice
3. Strong writing and editing skills
4. Strong organizational and analytical skills
5. Project management skills
6. Strong interpersonal skills
7. Proficiency with EAD encoding
8. Knowledge in Cataloging and Metadata  
Preferred Qualifications:
1. Advanced degree in an academic discipline
2. Working knowledge/fluency in at least one foreign language
3. Some familiarity with other relevant metadata standards, including Dublin Core, VRA Core, METS, and MODS
4. Experience providing reference services
5. Experience supervising staff  
Additional Information:
Posting Date:
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Proposed Start Date:
EEO Statement
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  
Date Review Begins
Required Applicant Documents for Upload:
Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
List of References  
Optional Applicant Documents for Upload
Quicklink for Posting: