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Metadata Librarian-Cataloging

Company: ProQuest
Location: Ann Arbor
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

Ex Libris, a Proquest Company - Who we are

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for higher education. Offering SaaS solutions for the management and discovery of the full spectrum of library and scholarly materials, as well as mobile campus solutions driving student engagement and success, Ex Libris serves thousands of customers in 90 countries. For more information about Ex Libris, see our website, and join us on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Metadata Librarian (Cataloging)

What will I be doing?

As a member of the Content Operations team, the Metadata Librarian (Cataloging) is responsible for creating, enhancing, and reconciling MARC and other authority data in Ex Libris knowledgebases. The ideal candidate is someone who is excited about the future of library metadata beyond MARC and who has a grounded understanding of the role that metadata plays in driving library services.

The Metadata Librarian is responsible for ensuring the quality and timeliness of updates and additions for all authority work. You will preform gap analysis to identify what metadata is missing and works with outsource vendors, libraries, and publishers to obtain metadata, or create original cataloging, to fill those gaps

In this position, you will also...

  • Drive scope and timeliness of the metadata tracked in Ex Libris knowledgebases, creating authority records, and normalizing knowledgebase titles to the authority records to ensure bibliographic accuracy for customers
  • Demonstrate customer focus by quickly analyzing and correcting issues reported by customers, Library Support and/or providers. Resolve incidents within defined timeframe established by the department
  • Develop and maintain relationships with both key MARC record providers and customers to support proactive identification of improvements for department processes and systems
  • Assist with maintaining the department documentation and training manuals, including identifying best practices and championing improvements associated with management of workflow.
  • Responsible for contributing to data management requirements and specifications that support organizational initiatives
  • May provide the following: training to new Metadata Librarians, Customer Experience, and Sales; help identifying new strategies to improve content and metadata acquisition and integration workflow; assistance to senior members of the team on projects; ideas for new internal tools or improvements to existing ones; representation to the industry, developing relationships with key industry contacts (publishers, standards committees, and customers).

Qualified Candidates must have

  • Masters' degree or higher in related field, such as Library Sciences
  • At least 2 years' related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Knowledgeable of bibliographic metadata standards (e.g., MARC, BIBFRAME, RDA, FRBR) or aspects of electronic resource management within a library setting
  • Demonstrated proficiency in managing publication metadata to defined specifications
  • Experience working with library industry and other bibliographic databases, and ability to deftly enter and manipulate data within them
  • Excellent researching and problem solving and troubleshooting skills, including the ability to analyze, compare, evaluate, reconcile and order data
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to professionally interact with a diverse blend of personalities to reach resolution and maintain strong relationships
  • Work effectively across functional groups to meet aggressive schedules
  • Ability to learn quickly and efficiently within an environment of changing priorities
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office with an emphasis in Excel
  • Ability to work independently and take ownership of assigned databases, metadata, and client relationships
  • Strong working knowledge of a variety of metadata standards (e.g. MARC, ONIX, OAI-PMH, MODS, XML, Dublin Core, AACR2/RDA, etc), as well as an understanding of controlled vocabularies, thesauri, and taxonomies
  • Ability to create or contribute to appropriate written documentation such as problem statements, business requirements, functional specifications, and other project support documentation
  • Attention to detail and accuracy while handling a high volume workload

Superstar Candidates will ALSO have

  • Understanding of Bibframe and linked data in a library environment
  • Experience in creating MARC records following RDA or AACR2 cataloging rules
  • Some knowledge of XSLT, Java, Perl, Ruby, Python, or other programming languages that aid in data manipulation is very beneficial
  • Fluency in additional languages
  • Project management skills and experience

More to love about becoming an Ex Libris/ ProQuest employee!

  • Forbes Ranks ProQuest among 2018 America's Best Mid-Size Employers
  • We offer professional development opportunities with a significant focus on learning
  • We hold fun on-site events
  • Our employee population is smart and highly collaborative
  • We have a relaxed dress code yes, that means blue jeans (and not just on Fridays!)
  • All of our employees have access to ProQuest research products including e-books, genealogy and academic journals

Other important information about this position:

  • This position is based in the Ann Arbor ProQuest office.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • This position requires weekday (Monday - Friday) attendance with some scheduling flexibility available around core working hours.
  • Every position requires certain physical capabilities. ProQuest seeks to make reasonable accommodations that enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential duties when possible.

At Ex Libris, we work hard and have fun doing it. If you are interested in joining a purpose-driven company, please consider joining our talented team!!


At ProQuest/ Ex Libris, we embrace the power of our people and value our differences - in thought, style, sexual orientation, gender identity, culture, ethnicity, and experience - recognizing that our diversity makes us a stronger company. Encouraging a diverse, inclusive workplace gives us the business advantage of understanding and meeting the needs of our diverse customers, clients, and communities.

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Keywords: ProQuest, Ann Arbor , Metadata Librarian-Cataloging, Other , Ann Arbor, Michigan

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