Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, Florida International University (Miami)

21 Oct 2019 12:11 PM | Georgen Charnes (Administrator)

Florida International University is Miami’s public research university. FIU is focused on student success. According to U.S. News and World Report, FIU has 35 programs in the top 100 in the nation among public universities, including 15 in the top 50. FIU is a top U.S. research university with more than $200 million in annual expenditures and is designated as an “Emerging Preeminent State Research University” by the Florida Board of Governors. FIU ranks 15th in the nation among public universities for patent production, which drives innovation, and is one of the institutions that helps make Florida the top state for higher education. The Next Horizon fundraising campaign is furthering FIU’s commitment to providing students Worlds Ahead opportunities. Today FIU has two campuses and multiple centers, and supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA, with more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. The university has awarded more than 330,000 degrees to many leaders in South Florida and beyond. For more information about FIU, visit www.fiu.edu.

Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

The Florida International University Libraries seek an energetic and service-oriented full-time Cataloging and Metadata Librarian. Located at the Green Library and reporting to the Head of the Cataloging Department, this position will have primary responsibility for original and complex copy cataloging, and authority work for all types of library materials and collections, with a focus on the Libraries’ special collections. This position will be responsible for coordinating special collections cataloging activities, implementing policies and procedures, and providing direct supervision to one cataloging full-time staff member.

FIU catalogers work in a statewide-shared bibliographic database, currently using Ex Libris’ Aleph integrated library system. Librarians are expected to participate in professional development, research, and service activities to meet the Libraries and University’s requirements for promotion. This position will also be expected to serve on Libraries and University committees, task forces and teams, as appropriate, as well as network and actively participate in local, regional, and national organizations regarding issues in metadata creation and special collections cataloging.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent
  • Minimum two years post- MLS professional cataloging experience using AACR2r, RDA, LCCS, LCSH, and MARC21 formats and standards
  • Experience cataloging using OCLC Connexion and a library management system
  • Familiarity with authority control principles
  • Experience in cataloging special collection materials such as manuscripts and rare books
  • Working knowledge of Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials and Books [DCRM(B)] and Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) genre terms thesaurus
  • Professional flexibility to operate between traditional MARC-based systems and metadata for a digital library environment
  • Effective oral and written communication, including ability to develop clear written procedures to assist with staff training
  • Ability to take initiative, work accurately, and follow through effectively and efficiently with all issues and tasks
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a culturally diverse environment
  • Ability to adapt to changing standards and evolving work-related expectations in a dynamic working environment
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and organization skills, including project management
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Commitment to the service mission of the academic library

Desired Qualifications:

  • Latin American and/or Caribbean subject expertise
  • Training or certificate in working with special collections and archival material
  • Knowledge of non-MARC metadata formats, standards and schemas
  • Experience doing NACO/SACO authority control work
  • Skill in standard office software, such as Word and Excel
  • Working knowledge of additional Western European Language(s)

Rank/Salary: Non-tenured faculty status; rank and salary are competitive based on qualifications and experience.

About the Libraries: For information about the FIU Libraries, please visit http://library.fiu.edu.

Applications must be submitted on-line at careers.fiu.edu. When applying please reference Job Opening ID: 519670. Attach a cover letter, a resume, and the names and contact information for 3 professional references, in a single file. To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by November 8, 2019. Review will continue until position is filled. All inquiries should be directed to Annia Gonzalez, Chair of the Search and Screen Committee, at aalfonso@fiu.edu.

FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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