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Cataloging and Digital Projects Librarian | University of Arkansas Libraries (Fayetteville, AR)

  • 09 May 2023 4:46 PM
    Message # 13197247
    Hannah Wood (Administrator)


    Reporting to the Director for Content Services, the Cataloging and Digital Projects Librarian serves as the primary metadata specialist for the Libraries’ CONTENTdm digital collections, working collaboratively with the department head, the Digital Services Department, the Special Collections Division, and other staff in Content Services to complete individual projects. The librarian also collaborates with the Office of Scholarly Communications and User Services to create metadata for University of Arkansas Department of Music concert recordings in the ScholarWorks (Digital Commons) institutional repository. The librarian harvests ScholarWorks metadata for graduate theses and dissertations for import into WorldCat and Alma. The librarian creates metadata for other types of digital projects and collections as needed and performs original and complex copy cataloging for media materials in a variety of formats. The librarian maintains knowledge of current and emerging standards, tools, and best practices and will document metadata and cataloging procedures for assigned areas of responsibility. The librarian serves on the department’s leadership team. 

    Rank and Salary

    Tenure-track, twelve-month faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian / Assistant Professor or Associate Librarian / Associate Professor.  Starting salary: $55,000, commensurate with education and experience. 

    Duties and Responsibilities 

    • Serves as the metadata specialist for the majority of the Libraries’ CONTENTdm digital projects 
    • Along with the department head, serves on the project team for each CONTENTdm digital project, making recommendations about the timeframe, metadata elements, and controlled vocabulary to be used 
    • Collaborates with other departmental staff assigned to work on CONTENTdm projects, promoting consistency, and assists with training as requested  
    • Manages remediation to ensure that the metadata for older digital collections is updated to current practice
    • Creates metadata for University of Arkansas Department of Music concert recordings hosted in ScholarWorks 
    • Harvests metadata for electronic theses and dissertations from ScholarWorks and converts it to MARC for uploading to WorldCat and Alma 
    • Creates metadata for other types of digital projects and collections as needed 
    • Together with the department head, serves as a metadata consultant for other Libraries’ departments, including responding to requests about metadata standards and procedures, controlled vocabulary, and crosswalking metadata from one platform to another 
    • Performs original and complex copy cataloging of media materials, including scores, sound recordings, and video recordings, in accordance with local and national standards (RDA, Library of Congress Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements, MLA best practices, etc.)
    • Maintains the Libraries’ application profile, the CONTENTdm Cookbook, and creates and maintains cataloging procedures for assigned formats
    • Stays informed of evolving cataloging and metadata trends, changes in best practices and standards, new software applications, and local technology changes
    • Takes part in professional development activities, including attending workshops, webinars, and conferences, to augment existing training and skills
    • Serves on the Content Services leadership team

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Familiarity with cataloging tools like Cataloger's Desktop, RDA Toolkit, and Classification Web 
    • Knowledge of tools for manipulating bibliographic data such as MarcEdit, OpenRefine, XSLT, or Oxygen 
    • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and organizational skills including meeting project deadlines
    • Ability to work independently and to collaborate with others 
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
    • Bibliographic knowledge of one or more non-English language 
    • Working knowledge of word processing software and spreadsheets 
    • Commitment to building and supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility 

    Application Materials  

    For the full posting, or to apply, please go to . 

    Deadline: May 27, 2023 (12:01 a.m. CT)

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