Metadata Librarian for Digital and E-Resources | DePaul University

Posted on Aug 2, 2022

General Summary

Reporting to the Cataloging Coordinator the Metadata & E-Resources Discovery Librarian is responsible for all aspects of metadata related to electronic resources and digitized collections.
In this role, you will:

  • lead batch processing of electronic records and develop innovative approaches to manipulating data at scale; 
  • develop, maintain, and document tools and workflows for the management of electronic resources;
  • serve as an expert on emerging metadata trends and create, crosswalk, and share metadata for DePaul digital collections;
  • work in a highly supportive, collegial culture that encourages active participation in meaningful and valuable skills training and professional development. This includes training workshops, committee memberships, and engagement in programs that support the Library’s mission and its Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility goals, while building connections and partnerships across DePaul’s wider academic and user community.

Responsibilities & Duties

E-Resource Management:

  • Collaborates with other library staff to craft and document policies and workflows for e-resource collections cataloging; 
  • Evaluates and enhances vendor record sets for e-resource packages; 
  • Ensures that all new collections are cataloged in a timely manner;
  • Performs catalog maintenance projects including global editing, record enhancement, and batch processing of records;
  • Uses data clean-up tools, including MarcEdit, normalization rules, and scripting for database cleanup and enhancement;
  • Performs complex copy and/or original cataloging for individual electronic resources.

Metadata Standards & Practices Management: 

  • Leads and monitors best practices for non-MARC metadata in accordance with national standards;
  • Supports digital projects by developing documentation and training materials, and leading metadata creation;
  • Performs data mapping and transformations, leveraging non-MARC data sources to enable discovery;
  • Serves as metadata consultant to library-wide projects;

Professional Development & Service: 

  • Maintains an awareness of the latest developments and best practices in academic librarianship, metadata, and cataloging;
  • Serves on Library–  and University-wide committees and teams;
  • Engages with and contributes to professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels. 


  • May serve as a liaison librarian to one or more academic programs, as assigned;   
  • May hire, train, and supervise one or more student assistants to complete cataloging and materials processing duties.
  • Stays current with emerging trends, practices and standards in cataloging, metadata, electronic resources and discovery through ongoing learning and professional development and applies lessons learned to current needs in the University Library.   
  • Serves on Library committees as well as participates and represents the University Library in University, state, regional, or national professional service activities and organizations.

Managerial Responsibilities

• May supervise one or more student assistants.

Salary & Benefits Package:

DePaul offers a comprehensive package including competitive pay and benefits to attract and retain the best talent in order to further the University's mission. For more information, please visit the following pages:

Full-Time Benefits


Education & Experience

  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program;
  • Two years of library experience performing similar cataloging and/or metadata functions;
  • Demonstrated experience managing electronic resources; 
  • Experience cataloging in OCLC Connexion, using standard cataloging rules, including RDA, LCSH, and DDC; 
  • Excellent understanding of principles of descriptive metadata in MARC and non-MARC environments, including Dublin Core;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based setting where consultation, flexibility, collaboration, and cooperation are essential;
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, access and inclusion in the workplace or community;
  • Understanding of the mission of an urban, Catholic university

Preferred Requirements 

  • Familiarity with Alma, Primo, CONTENTdm and/or SpringShare tools;
  • Experience with XML and basic scripting;
  • Ability to work with OAI/PMH and Z39.50 protocols;
  • Familiarity with OCLC’s Collection Manager and Record Manager; 
  • Bibliographic knowledge of one or more languages in addition to English.

Other Skills & Abilities Required

  • Strong communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to communicate technical issues to non-technical staff.
  • Ability to work closely with a wide variety of people and tasks.
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently with a high level of accuracy.
  • Aptitude for learning new technologies and metadata standards.
  • Knowledge of MS Office, other routine information technology applications employed at the library or university level, and enterprise-level systems employed for the management of library collections or the provision of library services.
  • Travel among DePaul campuses may be required.


$55,000 - $60,000


DePaul University
2350 N. Kenmore
Chicago, IL 60614
United States

How to apply

For consideration, please include a resume and cover letter and submit HERE. 

For full consideration apply by August 31, 2022; we will continue to receive applications until the position is filled.

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