Metadata Operations Librarian–Cornell University–Ithaca, NY

Cornell University Academic Position Announcement:
Metadata Operations Librarian, Cataloging and Metadata Services

Cornell University Library (CUL) seeks a Metadata Operations Librarian to create, maintain, enhance and enrich metadata in Cornell’s broader repository ecosystem that describes a rich array of assets and serves a diverse scholarly community with equally varied areas of research. The Metadata Operations Librarian provides expertise, guidance and leadership in cross-functional teams for the development, implementation and assessment of metadata infrastructure, policies and procedures.

Positioned within Library Technical Services (LTS), the Metadata Operations Librarian reports to the Coordinator of Metadata Design and Operation. This position focuses on metadata maintenance activities, primarily the integration of metadata between systems and extending relationships between resources. The Metadata Operations Librarian holistically considers the movement of MARC and non-MARC metadata across Cornell’s collections with an eye towards scaling and automating these processes. This position collaborates on efforts related to metadata design, mapping, maintenance, remediation and enhancement.

The Metadata Operations Librarian actively participates in local and national discussions relating to the access, retrieval, description, and management of library resources and applies them to Cornell library’s research and development efforts.

Key Opportunities:
– Contribute to strategic library initiatives focused on resource discovery and repository implementation
– Collaborate on the development of long-term solutions for improved metadata management, interoperability, and integration of metadata between systems
– Contribute to building a body of knowledge at the intersection of technology and cultural inclusion
– Play an active role in professional organizations inside and outside of the Cornell University Library community

Duties and Responsibilities:
Metadata Management (90%)
– Focusing primarily on non-MARC: workflows, plans, coordinates and conducts metadata enhancement and remediation to address better discovery for library users
– Collaborates on the design and development of long-term solutions for improved metadata management and interoperability
– Engages in infrastructure implementation and repository migration, with a particular focus on scripting and automation to achieve scale and sustainability
– Assists in coordinating metadata-related technology efforts between CUL-IT and LTS
– Creates and maintains metadata mappings between repositories and discovery environment indexing efforts
– Creates and maintains local documentation on metadata standards and application profiles
– Develops and provides training to library staff regarding resource description, metadata remediation and metadata management
– Work with the Batch Processing Unit on batch processes, data migration and integration into the ILS when needed.
– Maintains strong working relationships and communicates regularly with staff across Cornell, fostering collaborative efforts with the greater Cornell community
– Identifies, monitors and engages in national areas of interest in metadata development, particularly focusing on institutional participation and engagement
– Serves as a metadata consultant, including but not limited to assisting in development and implementation of best practices, tools, procedures and workflows, and advising on metadata standards

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, instruction programs, and committees; maintains strong working relationship and communicates regularly with staff in CUL departments and divisions and at other institutions

Required Qualifications:
– Masters degree from an accredited institution
– Demonstrated knowledge of a variety of MARC and non-MARC metadata standards and schemas
– Experience manipulating and transforming metadata and/or datasets
– Aptitude for working on large scale data projects
– Demonstrated skills with scripting languages and tools for data manipulation, migration, and validation (e.g. OpenRefine, Python, JSON schema, etc.)
– Interest in and aptitude for learning new technologies and metadata standards
– Excellent organizational and project management skills
– Strong service orientation and interest in library users’ values and needs
– Excellent communication and analytic skills, including the ability to work well in a team-based environment
– Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.

Preferred Qualifications:
– Two to five years of experience working with metadata in a library or similar setting
– Practical experience in the use of MARC and non-MARC principles, standards and tools
– Demonstrated experience creating and working with authority data (e.g. LC authorities, Getty vocabularies, ORCID, ISNI, etc.)
– Engagement with issues of metadata practice and how it affects marginalized communities

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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 more than 400, the Library provides significant collaborative opportunities in support of 2,700 faculty, 22,000 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.

Benefits: Our comprehensive benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, university retirement contributions, childcare and adoption assistance, and child tuition reimbursement. Professional travel funding is available to support research. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at The anticipated academic rank for this position is Senior Assistant Librarian, with a salary range of,$60,000-$65,000.

How to Apply: Candidates must apply online via the Cornell Careers site:—Cornell-University-Library_WDR-00020377. We will begin reviewing applications September 19, 2019 and will continue until a viable pool of applicants is identified; early submission is encouraged. Please submit one document that contains a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references (pdf preferred).
Employment Assistance: If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University’s Office of Workforce Policy and Labor Relations at voice (607) 254-7232, fax (607) 255-0298, or email at

Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.

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We offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave and flexible work options.

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