Metadata Librarian, Spanish/Portuguese - Princeton

The Princeton University Library is one of the world's leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of...

Metadata Librarian, Spanish/Portuguese Specialty
Princeton University Library
Princeton, New Jersey
Requisition # 1300510


The Princeton University Library is one of the world's leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,600 graduate students, 853 faculty members, and many visiting scholars.  Its holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, and images.  The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities.
Available:  Immediately
Major Responsibilities:
Princeton University Library seeks a flexible and innovative Metadata Librarian with a specialization in the languages, history and cultures of Latin America, Spain and Portugal to become part of a team responsible for creating, converting and managing metadata to promote and enhance control of and access to the Library's digital and print collections. Within this scope the Metadata Librarian will have broad responsibility for Western language acquisitions and holdings, and contribute special expertise, initiative and/or leadership requiring knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese language. The focus of the position is on creative and efficient utilization of metadata and the imaginative application of technology to achieve quicker, more efficient processing of new acquisitions, and for bibliographic control and discovery promotion of the Library's holdings. The librarian will work with multiple library systems and employ an array of metadata tools, such as macros, MARCEdit, XML editors, etc. for cross-walking, storing and/or re-purposing data, manipulating schema, scripting workflows, and other on-going tasks and special projects performing and/or facilitating cataloging and content management. The librarian needs a strong grounding in cataloging principles and the ability to apply them to existing and emerging media in a variety of encoding formats coupled with strong technical skills relevant to the position's requirements.
Applications must include a resume/cv, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information.
Essential Qualifications:

  • Strong working knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese;
  • MLS or an advanced degree in an area related to Spanish/Portuguese language, literature, culture, history, etc.;
  • Knowledge of at least one XML metadata schema;
  • XML, XPath, Xquery, Xquery update;
  • Experience demonstrating capability for project planning and workflow management;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collegial, team environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of other European languages;
  • Experience demonstrating supervisory skills;
  • Familiarity with systems architecture;
  • Experience which demonstrates a strong knowledge of cataloging principles;
  • Knowledge of RDA;
  • Knowledge of authority principles and practices;
  • Knowledge of additional metadata schema.

Compensation and Benefits:
Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Twenty-four (24) vacation days a year, nine (9) paid holidays, plus two (2) Personal days. Annuity program (TIAA/CREF), group life insurance, health coverage insurance, disability insurance, and other benefits are available.
Nominations and Applications:
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications (cover letter, resume and the names, titles, addresses and phone numbers of three references) will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: must be eligible to work in the U.S.

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