Catalog & Metadata Librarian | SIU Edwardsville

Posted on Jan 29, 2019

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Library and Information Services invites applications from dynamic, proactive, and service-oriented candidates for the position of Catalog & Metadata Librarian. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic, innovative, collegial, user-focused librarian who will provide leadership in Technical Services.

As a member of the library faculty, this position participates in library governance activities, provides expertise regarding innovations and trends relating to the discovery and access of library materials, contributes to creative and scholarly research, and participates in campus-wide committees.


Reporting to the Interim Dean the incumbent will:

  • Serve as a forward-thinking leader within and beyond Library Technical Services on matters of resource description, access, and metadata management.
  • Focus on the creation, maintenance, and enrichment of metadata representing the library's digital, physical, and virtual collections.
  • Manage the ongoing work of the cataloging team and is responsible for the cataloging of materials in all formats, including print and electronic resources.
  • Work closely with colleagues to evaluate and document policies, procedures and workflows for cataloging, database maintenance, and MARC and non-MARC metadata creation within the library.


  • Manages daily work and supervision of the cataloging unit of Library Technical Services including original cataloging, copy cataloging, metadata creation, database maintenance.
  • Responsible for oversight of all aspects of record quality and catalog integrity.
  • Performs original and copy cataloging, creates and maintains metadata for library materials in all formats, including books, serials, audio-visual, digital and electronic resources.
  • Creates original bibliographic metadata records following RDA, Library of Congress Classification Schedules, and Library of Congress Authority Files.
  • Collaborates with colleagues in identifying and creating record format specifications and developing procedures for importing/exporting, batch data processing, and integrating records from multiple sources in MARC and non-MARC schema.
  • Assists in developing and refining guidelines and procedures for descriptive standards in digital collections appropriate for the library's current and future content management systems.
  • Participates in development and implementation of the library's discovery service.
  • Participates in the inventory and ongoing weeding of the collection; leads in the development and implementation of weeding project plans.
  • Compiles and analyzes annual cataloging statistics for reporting to internal and external requests.
  • Develops training materials and documentation for library staff in the application of metadata standards and cataloging policy and procedures.
  • Engages in continuous professional development to keep up with current and developing standards and practices for metadata and cataloging.
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned.

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

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.

SALARY: Minimum of $50,000. Negotiable dependent upon credentials and experience. We welcome early career librarians. Salary is dependent upon post-MLS experience and credentials. Excellent benefits program.


  • M.L.S. from an American Library Association-accredited library/information school.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required: 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging standards and tools including AACR2/RDA, LCC, LCSH, MARC21, FRBR, and OCLC Connexion.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of one or more non-MARC metadata schemes such as Dublin Core, EAD, METS, MODS, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise.
  • Demonstrated and effective project management and problem-solving skills.
  • Proven capability for managing a variety of tasks and multiple priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated initiative and proven ability to learn new technologies and adapt to changes in the profession.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications (especially MS Excel).
  • Proven ability and willingness to share expertise with colleagues.
  • Strong service orientation and awareness of end user needs as related to cataloging policies and procedures.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication.


  • Demonstrated effective supervisory or leadership experience.
  • Previous experience with academic library cataloging and metadata creation of materials in all formats, including electronic/digital resources. 
  • Previous experience using cataloging standards and tools such as AACR2/RDA, MARC, LCC, LCSH, MARC21 and OCLC Connexion.
  • Previous experience with integrated library systems, such as Voyager or Alma, or unified resource management systems, and online bibliographic utilities.
  • Experience with metadata issues related to the discovery of academic resources with next-generation discovery platforms and other web-based search engines.
  • Experience planning and implementing metadata schema for digital collections.


To apply, submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae/resume, contact information for three professional references, and copies/scans of all transcripts to:

Or mail to:

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

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 prior to an offer of employment.  Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, national origin, religion, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation or veteran’s status in violation of Title VII. The SIUE Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at  The report contains campus safety and security information, crime statistics, fire safety policies, and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years.  This report is published in compliance with Federal law, titled the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” and the Higher Education Opportunity Act also known as the “Campus Fire Safety Right to Know.”  For those without computer access, a paper copy of the report may be obtained, with a 24-hour notice, from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Rendleman Hall, Room 2228, 618-650-2536.



SIU Edwardsville
Lovejoy Library, Campus Box 1063
Edwardsville, IL 62026
United States

How to apply


To apply, submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae/resume, contact information for three professional references, and copies/scans of all transcripts to:

Or mail to:

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

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Search ongoing; initial consideration of applications will begin on February 11, 2019. Deadline February 15.

Additional information regarding the Library and University can be found at the web site:


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