Villanova University’s Falvey Library seeks a highly motivated and collaborative individual to oversee and work collaboratively on the lifecycle of metadata management for Falvey collections. This position is a member of the Resource Management & Description department and plays a key role in implementing efficient workflows in description management.

Reporting to the Director of Resource Management & Description, the Metadata Librarian (ML) manages complex projects pertaining to cataloging and resource description using a wide variety of metadata standards (including MARC, AACR2, RDA, Dublin Core, MODS, METS and RDF/BIBFRAME), ensuring descriptions meet accepted metadata standards. Creates, edits, and maintains bibliographic data for library collections, with an emphasis on problem solving for items requiring more than routine handling, including special collections materials, non-print monograph formats, and non-English language materials. Responsible for creating and maintaining data in central resource sharing databases such as OCLC WorldCat. Provides guidance on metadata creation and practice for distinctive and digital collections in consultation with the Director of Distinctive Collections & Digital Engagement. Manages authority control. Ensures proper synchronization between local and national catalogs. Oversees student staffing needs; delegates and assigns metadata tasks to staff and students as needed. Supervises student workers and trains staff in functions relating to description management.

The ML coordinates activities in the areas of metadata creation and maintenance for materials in all formats. Oversees receipt, check-in, and processing of new physical materials as well as binding shipments. Creates, improves, and documents policies, workflows, and procedures. Manages and contributes to large-scale metadata projects. Coordinates with other departments on maintenance of physical collections. Evaluates, recommends, and optimizes tools for metadata management. Helps staff develop talents and skills in support of the operations of Resource Management and Description. Supports implementation of changes to improve operations and motivates staff to collaborate and innovate effectively. Helps to ensure department operates in compliance with Library and University policies and guidelines.

Qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds and life experiences are encouraged to apply. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.
The Library offers flexible work schedules which allow some remote work. The University’s competitive benefits package includes tuition benefits among others. A 35-hour work week with the possibility of reduced work hours in summer.

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