Authorities Metadata Librarian – Cornell University Library – Ithaca, NY

Cornell University Library (CUL) seeks an Authorities Metadata Librarian to support the university’s mission in teaching, research, and knowledge creation. Within CUL’s collaborative and supportive culture, the Authorities Metadata Librarian will create, maintain and enhance authority metadata to enable our patrons to more easily discover and interpret CUL’s collections. The Authorities Metadata Librarian will bring focus and care to our MARC bibliographic and authority data, while ensuring diversity and inclusion are guiding factors in our metadata practices.

The Authorities Metadata Librarian reports to the Coordinator of Metadata Design and Operation in Library Technical Services. This position will collaborate with catalogers and other LTS staff on efforts related to maintenance, remediation and enhancement of bibliographic and authority data. The Authorities Metadata Librarian will engage in cross-functional teams for the development, implementation, and assessment of authority metadata infrastructure, policies and procedures. This position will actively participate in the community development of authority-related features for the FOLIO library services platform and adjacent technologies, while supporting CUL’s commitment to inclusive metadata practices.

The Authorities Metadata Librarian will have the support to actively participate in local, national and international discussions relating to the access, retrieval, description, and management of library resources; further, the Authorities Metadata Librarian will apply these discussions to CUL’s research and development efforts.

We welcome candidates from a variety of backgrounds, including if you are new to the library profession or bring non-library metadata experience. We want you to have some familiarity with metadata, and enthusiasm for building more experience on the job.

Key Opportunities:
• Receive a custom mentoring program in metadata librarianship with a focus on supporting your career goals and providing a sense of belonging
• Train to participate in the Name Authority Cooperative Program (NACO) and Subject Authority Cooperative Program (SACO)
• Contribute to building a body of knowledge at the intersection of technology, authority data, and cultural inclusion
• Collaborate on the development of long-term solutions for improved authority metadata management and interoperability
• Acquire practical hands-on experience with the use of authority data for resource discovery and contextualization
• Support for professional development inside and outside of the CUL community

Duties and Responsibilities:
Authority Metadata Management (90%)
• Coordinates bibliographic headings maintenance and batch authority control operations in partnership with catalogers and other LTS staff; serves as a resource for LTS on authority records and bibliographic control
• Ensures timely implementation of authority updates and associated bibliographic changes; edits inaccurate, obsolete, and otherwise problematic data
• Initiates and supports changes to practices and standards in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion goals set by LTS and CUL more broadly
• Collaborates on the design and development of long-term solutions for improved authority management at scale through batch processes and community partnerships
• Engages in authority infrastructure implementation to ensure platform integrations support desired dataflows, contextualizes authority work in the broader CUL metadata ecosystem
• Trains and oversees the work of students and staff involved in post-cataloging authority control and cleanup
• Executes automated loads of new and updated name and subject authority records and uses specialized software to maintain bibliographic headings, as appropriate

Professional Activities (10%)
• Monitors and contributes to the development of local, national, and international metadata standards and policies; conducts research and contributes to professional publications and forums; influences LTS practice accordingly
• Actively participates in CUL and professional working groups, task forces, and committees; maintains strong working relationship and communicates regularly with staff in CUL departments and divisions and at other institutions

Required Qualifications:
• Master’s degree from an accredited institution received before start date in the position (Ideally, the successful candidate would begin no later than early January 2022.)
• Knowledge of ways that minoritized groups have been marginalized through the creation and use of authority records
• Knowledge of MARC and non-MARC metadata principles, standards, schemas and tools
• Aptitude for creating and/or working with authority data (i.e. data describing persons, places, concepts, etc.); examples include Library of Congress Authorities, Getty Vocabularies, ORCID, and ISNI
• Experience manipulating and transforming metadata and/or datasets
• Interest in and aptitude for learning new technologies and metadata standards
• Strong service orientation an interest in library users values and needs
• Excellent communication, project management and analytic skills, including the ability to work well in a team-based environment

Preferred Qualifications:
• One to three years of experience working with metadata in a library or similar setting
• Experience and/or interest in contributing to an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Demonstrated aptitude for working on large-scale data projects
• Knowledge of tools for data manipulation and validation (e.g. MARCEdit, OpenRefine, etc.)

Diversity and Inclusion: Cornell University Library embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented identities to apply.

Cornell University Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance (, which unites academic libraries who are committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

Salary: The anticipated academic rank for this position is Assistant Librarian, with an expected salary range of $52,500 –$55,000.

Benefits: Our comprehensive benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 13 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, university retirement contributions, childcare and adoption assistance, and child tuition reimbursement. Funding is available to support professional training and research. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at .

Relocation assistance may be provided.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

The safety and well-being of applicants and our team members is of the utmost importance. Because of the evolving travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 status, we will conduct virtual interviews with qualified candidates.

Potential for Ongoing Remote: This position is located in Ithaca, New York. Due to the evolving COVID-19 status, the successful applicant may be asked to work remotely at a location of their choice in the United States during this period. CUL supports Cornell’s Flexibility in the Workplace; more information can be found at This position may be considered for ongoing remote-work status when the university resumes normal operating status. Detailed approval process will be discussed with the individual.

The New York Convenience of employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for this position. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working temporarily outside New York State.

How to Apply: All candidates must apply online via the Cornell Careers site:—Cornell-University-Library_WDR-00027780-1 .

We ask that you include the following information in your application:
1. A cover letter;
2. A Curriculum Vitae or Resume;
3. A Statement of “Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” which may be incorporated into the cover letter OR presented as a separate statement. Candidates are invited to describe past, present, and/or future aspirations for promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their careers as researchers and educators, and/or to convey how they see these commitments continuing at Cornell. Such articulation may focus on teaching, research, or service, or all three factors.
4. The names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references. We will not contact references before a final round of interviews. According to Cornell policy, before an offer is given one reference needs to be a current supervisor.

Incoming applications will be reviewed until a viable pool of applicants is identified; submission prior to October 8, 2021 is strongly encouraged. Although we prefer to receive your application as one, multi-page pdf document, we will accept multiple documents in other formats.

Environment: One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library ( is a highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university. With an operating budget of over $58 million and a diverse and innovative staff of close to 400, the Library provides significant collaborative opportunities in support of 2,700 faculty, 24,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, and responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.

The Ithaca campus sits on 2,300 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca (, located roughly halfway between Manhattan and Toronto, offers a wealth of cultural activities while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, hiking trails, and lakes offering countless outdoor activities. The city has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the “foodiest” towns in America.


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