JOB: Metadata Librarian, Robert Crown Law Library, Stanford

The Robert Crown Law Library seeks applications for a newly created Metadata Librarian position. Reporting to the Head of Collection Services, this position focuses on the creation, maintenance, and enrichment of metadata representing the Law Library’s digital, physical, and virtual collections. (The appointment will be made at the Assistant or Associate level, depending on qualifications and experience.)

More information about the library can be found online.


  • Performs original cataloging for monographic resources not found in the library catalog or the OCLC bibliographic database, including law review symposium issues and Law School theses.
  • Provides metadata support for digital projects, such as descriptive metadata for institutional repository records.
  • Provides backup for end product processing of catalog materials, including final labeling.
  • Provides backup supervision of students working on cataloging/processing projects. In the absence of the Stacks Manager, may direct students in shelving, labeling or other cataloging-related projects.
  • Performs copy cataloging of online and print monographic resources including case books and other treatises, as needed
  • Other projects/tasks as assigned.


  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited school of library and/or information studies.
  • Theoretical knowledge of current cataloging procedures and principles as defined in RDA and AACR2, the MARC Bibliographic, Holdings and Authorities formats; 1 or more years cataloging experience in a law library strongly preferred. (Practical knowledge required for the Associate level.)
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with other staff for timely cataloging, processing and routing of materials.
  • Must possess an agile and curious mind, demonstrating eagerness to learn and implement metadata standards and practices beyond the MARC environment.
  • Ability to push heavy book trucks/shelve heavy material—up to 70 pounds.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills combined with attention to detail for complex, detail-oriented work.
  • Demonstrated interest in or experience in working with OCLC Connexion and an integrated library system, preferably SirsiDynix Symphony.
  • Ability to learn or knowledge of latest developments in cataloging, including BIBFRAME and other linked data standards.
  • Ability to learn, analyze, and utilize existing and emerging metadata standards, such as Dublin Core, EAD, MODS, METS, OAI, TEI, and relevant thesauri or ontologies, as required by special projects. Ability to provide mapping between different metadata standards in a dynamic environment.
  • Familiarity with RDF, XML, and other machine actionable metadata languages, principles of linked data, and ability to work with controlled vocabularies and ontologies preferred.
  • High level of proficiency in use of common operating systems and applications (Windows/Mac OS, word processing, spreadsheets) and other computer/web-based applications (email, other Internet applications, integrated library systems); high level computer competency kept up to date through continuous learning.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Reading knowledge of Western European languages, especially French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
  • Ability to work independently, as a team member, and across departmental boundaries in a fast-paced environment; some project experience preferred.
  • Flexibility to be organized, productive and effective in a dynamic environment, involved with a variety of simultaneous projects and workflows.

Application instructions and additional job information available online.

Open until filled.