Cataloging and Metadata Librarian - John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Posted on June 14, 2019


The Cataloging and Metadata librarian will work collaboratively to provide leadership and direction in current and emerging metadata practices, serving as the library’s primary resource for MARC contributions to OCLC and the City University shared integrated library system, as well as for non-MARC metadata, structure, and standards for electronic collections and our digital Special Collections.

Supporting a CUNY senior college which comprehensively collects in criminal justice and social sciences, the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian will be responsible for composing original and complex contributed cataloging in all formats, including old and rare books, archival and ephemeral items mostly relating to criminal justice housed in our Special Collections.

Knowledgeable in web-scale discovery systems, the librarian will ensure metadata integrity and usability of the library’s discovery tool, OneSearch. The librarian will work closely with the CUNY Office of Library Services as we transition from Aleph to the LSP Alma leveraging customization option for public display, addressing system issues, and responding to user feedback.

The librarian will also share responsibility with other library faculty for bibliographic instruction (includes reference and teaching) and for committee and department assignments. Occasional weekend and evening hours.The position maintains close relationships with all library functions (circulation, reference, acquisitions, special collections, media, interlibrary loan, electronic services, and systems.)


• Minimum of three years of recent cataloging/metadata experience.

• Experience in original and copy cataloging of a variety of formats (physical, digital, electronic, audiovisual, etc).

• Significant knowledge of and ability to apply the following cataloging standards: RDA, AACR2r, LCSH and LCC, MARC21, DACS, and additional emerging standards.

• Experience or knowledge of other metadata standards, (e.g., Dublin Core, MODS, etc.), non-MARC initiatives, automated procedures, and software for bibliographic maintenance and enhancement.

• Familiarity with linked data technologies (e.g., BIBFRAME, SPARQL)

• Ability to supervise, work in a team environment, manage quality control and cataloging workflow, and maintain collections.

• Ability to supervise staff and faculty in all aspects of cataloging and metadata creation and maintenance.

• Strong organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

• Ability to work collaboratively and collegially in a team environment and to exhibit flexibility in the face of changing needs.

• Ability to engage in scholarship and service required for reappointment and tenure.

Also Desirable:

• Experience with developing metadata standards and collections maintenance.

• Experience with institutional repositories and/or digital libraries.

• Knowledge of MarcEdit and EAD.

• Academic library reference experience.

• Cataloging experience in at least one other language in addition to English.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS Master’s in Library Science (MLS), Master’s in Library Information Studies (MLIS), or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution. For appointment at the professorial level, a second graduate degree is required. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated ability and interest in productive scholarship or achievement, and the ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.


CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


New York, New York


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CLOSING DATE Review of resumes to begin June 11, 2019. Posting closes on August 4, 2019.