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Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian

Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian

San Diego State University Job Location: California Apply By: Open until filled Date Created: 02-05-2021

The San Diego State University Library invites applications and nominations for a 12-month, tenure-track position to be appointed at the Senior Assistant or Associate Librarian level (depending on experience), with a start date of July 1, 2021. The Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian will provide expertise and leadership as part of the Content Organization and Management (COM) team to ensure timely, comprehensive, and effective discovery of all library collections, including digital objects, through the Library Service Platform (Alma) and other discovery services. We seek a creative, collaborative, and forward-looking colleague who can complement, strengthen, and expand partnerships across library departments and with colleagues across Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and the Division of Information Technology. More information about the SDSU Library is available at https://library.sdsu.edu/  The SDSU Library supports, promotes, and extends the distinctive teaching, learning, scholarship, and community engagement initiatives of the university, especially as those are highlighted in the university strategic plan, “We Rise, We Defy: Transcending Borders, Transforming Lives.” Committed to service and student-centered innovation in librarianship, recent library initiatives include the establishment of the Digital Humanities Center, buildIT makerspace, and partnerships around student success, including the establishment of the Latinx Resource Center. COM promotes discovery, access, and use of library collections, including more than 2.5 million volumes, 100,000 journal titles, and 450 databases, as well as a growing array of digital content. SDSU is a large, public, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution located on Kumeyaay land with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The university honors its residence on Kumeyaay land in its land acknowledgement and commitment to building a relationship with indigenous peoples. The university has recently embarked on an ambitious initiative to hire a new cohort of faculty committed to supporting the African American community. The SDSU Library has adopted a Diversity Plan to guide our efforts to realize an institutional commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. To meet the goals of this plan, we seek applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. In addition to your application letter, please provide a 300-word Diversity Statement describing how you meet two or more of the following Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. A successful candidate will demonstrate how they:
  • Are engaged in service with underrepresented populations in higher education 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty in higher education 
  • Have experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students
  • Integrate understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research
  • Extend knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group
  • Are committed to research that engages underrepresented communities
  • Shows expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration
  • Have  research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education
The SDSU Library Diversity Statement is available at https://library.sdsu.edu/sdsu-library-diversity-statement. Primary Duties and Responsibilities The Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian will:
  • Coordinate review, manipulation, and batch loading of metadata for ebooks, streaming media, and other digital objects into the Library Service Platform (Alma) and other discovery services
  • Provide original and complex copy cataloging for various materials across multiple languages, formats, and time periods in a contemporary MARC-based environment according to local, consortial, and national standards
  • Maintain high quality of local cataloging and contributions to consortial and national databases by staying current with national and international cataloging standards, metadata strategies, emergent developments, and trends in librarianship
  • Integrate an understanding of diverse populations and communities into cataloging and metadata policies and practices
  • Work closely with COM team members to develop, assess, and implement cataloging policies and establish priorities for cataloging and metadata projects
  • Assist with training, oversight, and guidance to library staff performing cataloging or metadata activities in the library
  • Serve as an expert resource for cataloging and metadata activities in the library;
  • Commit to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace and to working effectively with a diverse student, staff, and faculty community
  •  Pursue professional development activities that demonstrate a continuous and meritorious record of contributions and achievements in the profession
  • Participate in the shared governance of San Diego State University by serving on library, campus, and California State University committees; and,
  • Other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications
  • Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program or foreign equivalent
  • Previous experience in library cataloging, metadata, or related technical services activities
  • Demonstrated understanding of current issues and emerging developments within the national cataloging environment, in particular, and in librarianship, in general
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team to maintain harmonious, cooperative working relationships
  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills 
  • Demonstrated potential to meet SDSU requirements for tenure and promotion based on library service, professional growth, and service to the University, community, and field.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of RDA, LCCS, LCSH, and MARC formats and standards
  • Demonstrated effective cataloging experience within a shared consortial system, preferably in an academic or research environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of database maintenance issues in an academic library resource management system and discovery interface
  • Experience cataloging using the OCLC bibliographic utility
  • Experience using a library resource management system, preferably Ex Libris Alma
  • Experience with metadata transformation, remediation tools and techniques, e.g., Oxygen, MARCEdit, PyMARC, OpenRefine, XSLT, or scripting languages, batch record processing, and metadata crosswalks
  • Familiarity with the principles of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) 
  • Familiarity with linked data principles and BIBFRAME
  • Familiarity with policies or national cataloging programs, e.g., NACO, SACO, or CONSER
  • Awareness of critical concerns in the field, including bias in resource description and access practices 
  • Working knowledge of at least one foreign language, preferably Spanish
This is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position. Tenure is dependent upon continuing library service effectiveness, professional growth and development, and service to the library, University, and community. Anticipated salary range: $69,000 - $78,000 (Sr. Assistant) or $79,000 - $84,000 (Associate). Excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and vision plans, retirement package, and 24 vacation days per year. For more information, see https://bfa.sdsu.edu/hr/jobs/benefits This position will remain open until filled. Review will begin immediately, with preference given to applications received by March 1, 2021. Applicants must apply via https://apply.interfolio.com/83778. Anticipated start date is July 2021. Established in 1897, San Diego State University is part of the California State University, one of the largest and most diverse public higher education systems in the United States. With more than 36,000 students and 5,000 staff and faculty, SDSU is designated as a Doctoral / Research-Intensive University by the Carnegie Foundation. SDSU offers bachelor’s degrees in 96 areas, masters in 86, and doctorates in 24. Our campus community is diverse in many ways and we strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. For more information, see https://www.sdsu.edu/. Candidates should submit an application, cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement demonstrating commitment to diversity in library, museum, community, or cultural center service, and names and contact information of three (3) references. The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.  

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