Wellesley College seeks a knowledgeable, forward-looking, team-oriented Cataloging & Metadata Librarian to support user discovery of library resources at Wellesley College and beyond. The Cataloging & Metadata Librarian makes the Library’s collections accessible through the description and intellectual organization of these collections, following current standards and best practices for cataloging and metadata.
Wellesley College is a private, nonprofit liberal arts college for women founded in 1870. With its rich mix of print, media, and online resources, the Library provides access to one of the finest undergraduate collections in the country.
As a member of the Library Collections team, performs original and copy-cataloging in a wide variety of languages and formats. Applies current standards, including RDA and MARC 21; utilizes controlled vocabularies, including Library of Congress authorities and other thesauri, and Library of Congress classification; follows best practices in specialized cataloging, such as rare materials, music, and audiovisual media.
Sets cataloging practice and priorities and manages workflows for cataloging print, media, and electronic resources. Serves as a point of contact for vendor services related to cataloging/authority control, resource discovery, and the integrated library system (ILS). Serves as the operational contact for institutional partners such as EAST and HathiTrust.
In collaboration with the Systems Librarian, maintains proper functioning of the ILS and other library systems and platforms, including the link resolver, discovery layers, and digital collections platforms; ensures the ILS’s ongoing operability in response to changes in MARC standards that affect record loading, indexing for search, and display of catalog records.
Maintains and continuously improves the overall quality of records in the library catalog. Generates bibliographic and holdings data from the library catalog to support the work of collection development.
Working with the Assistant Director for Discovery Services, organizes digital assets in the College’s institutional repository and other platforms, and contributes to the creation and ongoing maintenance of digital collections metadata.
Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent.
3-5 years’ experience as a cataloger in a library (academic preferred).
Broad understanding of the mission of higher education and the required support of library resources.
Ability to catalog materials at a high level of productivity in a variety of languages and formats, including rare books and manuscripts in Special Collections. Deep knowledge of content/format standards and best practices in cataloging/metadata.
Ability to manage MARC record sets for large e-resource collections, and to load MARC records into the catalog from multiple vendors.
A commitment to access, equity, diversity, and inclusion through remediation of institutional biases inherent in cataloging and metadata.
Strong communication skills. Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively as part of a team.
Experience cataloging music.
Experience adding content and metadata to an institutional repository, preferably Islandora.
Wellesley is known for the excellence of its education, the beauty of its setting, its gifted faculty, and the uniqueness of its campus culture. But most of all, Wellesley is known for the thousands of accomplished, thoughtful women it has sent out into the world for over 100 years women who are committed to making a difference. Every year, some 2,400 of the world's top undergraduate women are challenged to exceed their own highest personal and intellectual expectations. The mastery Wellesley graduates demonstrate across the professional and vocational spectrum, and the influence they wield, whether in their own communities or on the world stage is testament to a singularly empowering undergraduate experience. Wellesley's lively academic community places a high value on rigorous, probing inquiry, and creative, cross-discipline thinking. Its collaborative approach to scholarship encourages students to question, debate, and refine their points of view, not only with each other, but with our world-class faculty, often by working directly with them on groundbreaking projects. A Wellesley education fosters the highest standard of readiness for the real world in its graduates, in terms... of ability to think, act, and contribute meaningfully and effectively in their chosen areas of interest.