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Technical Services and Metadata Librarian, Colby College, Waterville, ME

The Colby College Libraries [The Libraries] seek a dynamic, engaged, innovative and enthusiastic individual for the position of Technical Services & Metadata Librarian.  The Libraries strive to be progressive, diverse, strategic, and collaborative with a talented and team-oriented group of professionals. The Libraries consist of three physical library spaces: Miller Library (Humanities and Social Sciences library - considered the main library - and houses the Special Collections and Archives), Bixler Art and Music Library, and Olin Natural and Environmental Science Library. In addition, we are a member of the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) consortium that provides opportunities for collaboration across our respective libraries.

Reporting to the Assistant Director for Collections Management, the Technical Services & Metadata Librarian is responsible for overseeing content management, cataloging, authority control, and metadata of the Libraries' electronic, digital, and print collections.  Colby College Libraries currently add approximately 8,000 individual print monographs and scores per year; while most items are processed prior to arrival, some require original cataloging. Colby uses Serials Solutions to load and track Electronic Resources' MARC records, and this work is managed by our Electronic Resources Librarian.


Job Description

The Technical Services and Metadata Librarian works closely with colleagues in the Collections Management department, as well as librarians and staff in Administration, Digital Initiatives, Public Services, Research & Instruction and Special Collections and Archives, to ensure students and faculty have ready access to all collections in their various formats and types.  In addition, the Librarian will engage regularly with library colleagues at Bates and Bowdoin colleges to continue previous work on standards, workflows, and procedures involving our shared catalog, CBBcat. 

The ideal candidate will be fearless about rethinking the role and potential for inclusive cataloging and metadata in an academic library setting.  They will understand and care about libraries and recognize that libraries can be the heart of academic institutions. We seek someone who works well both independently and collaboratively, with a vision for the next generation of metadata services. This position is an opportunity to work with staff colleagues across the Libraries as we imagine and create a future focused teaching, learning, and academic research library in a liberal arts environment. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity, and who recognize the importance of working within a diverse community of colleagues.


Responsibilities and Duties

  •  Some original cataloging and classification of materials in OCLC and the Innovative Interfaces Sierra ILS using AACR2, RDA and LC Classification
  • Support the work of our consortial partners in bibliographic records creation, authority records management and associated processing and reports
  • Collaborate with Digital Initiatives and the Colby College Archivist to support and maintain standardized metadata for rare books, maps, videos, senior thesis, dissertations, and manuscripts
  • Responsible for applying professional guidelines and local practices for original and copy cataloging (including creation of documentation for Library staff and student employees)
  • Support the work of the Coordinator of Collections Management (Acquisitions) to oversee the process of acquiring materials, updating processes and enhancing workflows
  • Support the work of the Assistant Director for Collections Management, ERM Librarian and Serials Coordinator to manage access to electronic resources (subscription databases, e-journals, eBooks)
  • Monitor evolving trends in cataloging and metadata with an eye to ensuring that the Libraries' print, electronic, and digital collections are easily discoverable and accessible to students and faculty
  • Ability to work collaboratively and collegially in a dynamic, complex and rapidly evolving environment
  • Service on College Committees and participation in College activities expected



Required Qualifications:

  • MLS/MLIS from ALA Accredited institution
  • 1-3 years' experience working with integrated library systems, preferably Innovative Interfaces
  • 1-3 years' original cataloging experience with OCLC
  • Knowledge of a variety of metadata standards (AACR2, LCSH, EAD, DC, MARC21, DDC, LC, RDA)
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.
  • Experience providing public service support activities


Desired Attributes/Knowledge

  • Three or more years experience working in an academic library
  • Demonstrated experience with a variety of metadata standards (AACR2, RDA, LCSH, EAD, DC, MARC21, DDC, LC)
  • Ability to conduct effective training workshops for colleagues
  • Knowledge of best practices and standards for Music cataloging
  • Demonstrated experience with project management
  • Experience cataloging within shared catalogs and library consortiums
  • Demonstrated knowledge of emerging metadata standards including linked open data, METS, PREMIS, and MARCXML


Application Instructions

Applicants should send the following electronically in PDF format to

  • A cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of philosophy on the role of technical services in a modern academic environment
  • Graduate transcripts
  • A list of three professional references


Position is open until filled. Priority will be given to applications received by October 1, 2019. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.


Preferred start date: December 1, 2019.


Application Process:

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran's status in employment or in our educational programs. Colby is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and encourages applications from qualified persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, military veterans and members of other under-represented groups. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution's education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby's Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. For more information about the College, please visit our website:


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