Position Description

Catalog and Metadata Strategies Specialist
Job Department/School University Libraries
FT/PT/Temp Full time
Location Garden City, N.Y.
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Catalog and Metadata Strategies Specialist 

University Libraries

 

ABOUT ADELPHI:

Adelphi University, New York, is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university, serving more than 8,100 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, at learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, and online. The University offers students more than 50 undergraduate majors and 70 graduate programs in the liberal arts, the sciences and professional training. With powerful partnerships throughout the New York area, more than 115,000 graduates across the country, a growing enrollment of students from 41 states and 58 countries, and rising rankings from top publications and organizations, Adelphi is a dynamic community that plays a leadership role on Long Island and in the region.

 

JOB SUMMARY:

Under general supervision of the unit head, the Catalog and Metadata Specialist will independently handle a variety of functions, including: supervising cataloging staff and student workers, and the daily operations of the cataloging unit, Original and copy cataloging of a variety of materials in a variety of formats, including print and electronic; applying metadata to digital resources such as our institutional repository and special collections digital collections; assist in the cataloging for special collections materials; provide general catalog maintenance; contribute to the working of metadata for our academic consortium; keep abreast of emerging trends, innovations and best practices affecting library systems, catalogs, and metadata standards. The Specialist will work independently and exercise good judgment in decision making, following established practices and procedures.

 REPORTS TO: Catalog and Metadata Strategies Librarian

 RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES:

  1. Perform original and copy-cataloging for a wide range of resources.
  2. Perform original and copy-cataloging for special collections materials.
  3. Apply metadata to digital resources and collections.
  4. Ensure the integrity of the catalog by conducting catalog maintenance.
  5. Assist in working with our academic consortium.
  6. Supervise and train two Cataloging Administrative Assistants and student workers.
  7. Respond to questions about the unit operations in the absence of the unit head.
  8. Other job-related duties as assigned.

 REQUIREMENTS: 

  1. Required to work independently, show independent decision making, and an ability to problem-solve in a timely manner.
  2. Must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work as a team to achieve library goals.
  3. Ability to work with computer software such as Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
  4. Knowledge of cataloging schemas, rules and systems such as MARC, RDA, FRBR, Dublin Core, user-contributed metadata, Library of Congress Classification System, and Library of Congress Subject Headings.
  5. Familiarity with an integrated library system, such as Innovative Interfaces’ Sierra.
  6. Working knowledge of OCLC Connexion.
  7. Ability to adapt to changing technology, digital resources and electronic formats is essential.
  8. A willingness for professional development and continuous improvement of skills by taking courses and workshops.
  9. Ability to work effectively and congenially with a diverse population of faculty, students and staff.
  10. Ability to take the initiative in providing services to library users.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Must be able to push heavy carts and lift and hold up to 10 lbs.
  2. Shelve and retrieve materials on high and low shelves.
  3. Must be able to spend long periods of time in front of a computer.

 EDUCATIONAL/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Bachelor’s degree is required.
  2. Experience working in an academic library is required.
  3. At least two years of experience working in a cataloging unit is highly preferred
  4. Knowledge of cataloging schemas, rules and systems is highly preferred.

 POSITION(S) SUPERVISED:

  1. Local 153 Administrative Assistant(s).
  2. Student Worker(s).

HOURS OF WORK:

  1. The regular workday is Monday-Friday, seven (7) hours a day between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm with a one (1) unpaid hour for lunch for a total of thirty-five (35) hours a week.
  2. However, in order to meet the particular needs of the Libraries, the incumbent may be required to change his/her work schedule, either permanently or temporarily.
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Adelphi University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from women, under-represented groups, members of the LGBT community, people with disabilities and veterans.