Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

Job no: 510841
Work type: Non-Instructional Faculty (Coach/Counselor/Librarian)
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 3 – CFA – California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Librarian (Non-instructional Faculty)

The J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Cataloging and Metadata Librarian position at the rank of Senior Assistant or Associate Librarian beginning July 2022 or sooner. We seek a colleague who will provide leadership in the development, evaluation, and implementation of cataloging and metadata policies, standards, procedures, and workflows, in coordination with a Head of Collection Management Services & Scholarly Communication. We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment to prioritizing access to a diverse user population, especially for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and first-generation students. 

The J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University seeks to empower our university constituency with lifelong learning skills to identify, find, evaluate, use, and communicate information in promotion of excellence in scholarship, knowledge, and understanding. We support a diverse community of 30,000 students, faculty, and staff, and we are dedicated to furthering educational equity through our information literacy and collections development practices. Our collections include more than one million items in all formats, including an extensive collection of online databases and full-text resources. Librarians have full faculty status and are expected to meet faculty requirements for tenure and promotion. The library faculty is committed to providing mentoring and support to tenure-track colleagues. The successful candidate will play a key role in helping to shape the future of the library. Additional information about the J. Paul Leonard Library is available at: 

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals: 

● Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body 

● Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging 

● Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice 

● Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio 

● Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus; 

● Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and 

● Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged. 


The Cataloging and Metadata Librarian will perform original cataloging and complex metadata creation in multiple languages, formats, and time periods. The Cataloging and Metadata Librarian will lead planning, evaluation, and implementation of metadata and cataloging policies, standards, procedures, and workflows, as well as representing the library in implementing CSU-wide consortial level cataloging policies and procedures such as those related to the shared Ex Libris Alma/Primo Unified Library Management System (ULMS). The person in this position will provide lead work to the Cataloging unit and will work closely with the faculty and staff in the Collection Management Services & Scholarly Communication and Special Collections & Archives divisions. 

In addition, library faculty members are expected to develop an active ongoing scholarship program or program of creative work in one’s area of specialty, and maintain ongoing committee and service assignments. 



● ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent 

● Minimum of one year of applied cataloging/metadata experience 

● Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with a diverse population of colleagues and library stakeholders 


· Demonstrated working knowledge of RDA, AACR2, DCRM(b), LCCS, LCSH, and MARC formats and standards 

· Experience cataloging using the OCLC bibliographic utility 

· Experience using a library services platform, preferably Ex Libris’ Alma 

· Demonstrated experience cataloging special collections materials, including rare books and serials, ephemera, audiovisual materials, music, organizational records, and manuscripts, in multiple languages, formats, and time periods 

· Current awareness of new trends and emerging technologies in cataloging and technical services, including critical perspectives on current and past cataloging and metadata practices 

· Excellent analytical and pro-active problem solving, organizational, and project management skills 

· Ability to work independently and as a member or leader of a team 

· Ability to adapt to rapid change and to exercise creativity and initiative 

· Active involvement in professional development activities 

· Demonstrated potential for meeting the requirements for tenure and promotion under the library’s criteria for primary assignment, scholarship, and service 

Rank and Salary: Senior Assistant or Associate Librarian. Salary commensurate with 

qualifications and experience. The California State University provides generous health, retirement, and other benefits. 

Application Procedure 

A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration. To apply, upload the following materials: 

1. Cover letter (relating your experience to the required qualifications) 

2. Curriculum vitae 

3. An equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) statement of no more than 500 words that addresses your past contributions and/or future plans for contributing to equity and inclusion in a diverse academic environment, whether through your primary assignment, research and scholarship, or service. Framing this statement in relation to your understanding of barriers that exist for historically under-represented individuals in higher education and librarianship is encouraged. 

4. The names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation will be requested at a later date. 

Please direct all questions about the position to: Elizabeth Detrich, Library Personnel Coordinator, at 

Application review will begin March 31, 2022 and continue 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 Personnel Coordinator, Elizabeth Detrich, at or (415) 338-3641. 

Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exceptions. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

Advertised: February 15, 2022 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: Open Until Filled