San Francisco State University’s J. Paul Leonard Library is a busy, teaching-oriented institution
supporting a community of 25,000 students as well as faculty and staff. Our campus is part of
the 23-campus California State University system, and we have a system-wide shared catalog.
The library seeks a collaborative and forward-looking Cataloging and Metadata Librarian to
perform original cataloging and complex metadata creation for a broad range of formats and
materials in order to ensure timely, comprehensive, and effective discovery of all library
collections. The ideal candidate will be attentive to detail and standards as well as exhibit an
understanding of how inclusive cataloging and metadata furthers our teaching, learning,
research mission as well as our commitments to student success and anti-racism. In addition to
performing original cataloging and creating metadata, the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian
will participate in the planning, evaluation, and implementation of metadata and cataloging
policies, procedures, and workflows.
• Providing timely and efficient access to library materials in all formats by creating and
enhancing catalog records according to national standards as well as those specific to
the California State University (CSU) system and SF State.
• Collaborating with SF State and CSU colleagues to appropriately implement catalog
record normalization and remediation that impacts the system-wide shared unified library
management system (ULMS).
• Performing database maintenance and catalog clean-up tasks.
• Loading metadata for ebooks, streaming media, and other digital objects into the library
service platform (Alma) and other discovery services.
• Analyzing and manipulating metadata utilizing one or more of the following: MarcEdit,
OpenRefine, Python, etc.
• Working with colleagues to develop, implement, and assess cataloging and metadata
workflows, policies, and procedures and to establish priorities for cataloging and
• Assisting the Cataloging and Metadata Coordinator with training, oversight, and
guidance to library staff performing cataloging or metadata activities.
• Maintaining current knowledge of national and international standards for cataloging,
metadata, and linked data.
• Serving as an expert in non-MARC metadata and evolving cataloging standards and
best practices, including emerging trends associated with critical cataloging.
• Contributing to library committees, working groups, and task forces.
● ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent.
● Previous experience in library cataloging, metadata, or related technical services
● Strong commitment to equity and inclusion and the ability to work effectively and
collegially with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.
● Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team and to contribute to a
supportive and collaborative work environment.
• Demonstrated working knowledge of RDA, AACR2, DCRM(b), LCCS, LCSH, and MARC
formats and standards.
• Experience cataloging with integrated library systems (ILS), preferably Ex Libris Alma.
• Experience cataloging using the OCLC bibliographic utility.
• Demonstrated knowledge of database maintenance issues in an academic library
resource management system and discovery interface.
• Demonstrated experience cataloging special collections materials, serials, music, and
manuscripts primarily in English but in other languages as well.
• Experience creating metadata utilizing Dublin Core or other metadata schema.
• Experience with metadata transformation and remediation tools and techniques, such as
MARCEdit, OpenRefine, or scripting languages, batch record processing, and metadata
• Experience with linked data (e.g., BIBFRAME, RDF).
• Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
• Excellent analytical and pro-active problem solving, organizational, and project
• Awareness and engagement with new trends, emerging technologies, and critical
concerns in cataloging and technical services, including bias in resource description and
Rank and Salary
Appointment is expected to be at the rank of Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian with rank
and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Time base is up to full-time.
Submit a letter of intent/interest, a current CV, and the names and contact information of three
references to Elizabeth Detrich, Personnel Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of
applications will begin July 12, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.
San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against
persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information,
gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin,
sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable
accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by
contacting the Library’s Personnel Coordinator, Liz Detrich, at email@example.com.