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Available Job # 2598

Date Posted 11/12/2018
Job Title Head, Metadata and Discovery
Organization Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
Environment Academic Library
City Richmond
State VA
Hours Full-Time
Hire Status Direct Hire
Job Level MLS/MLIS Required
Job Description The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, joining the Association of Research Libraries in 2018 as the first new U.S. member of ARL in over 15 years, invites applications and nominations for the position of Head, Metadata and Discovery. The Head, Metadata and Discovery provides strategic and innovative leadership and oversight of metadata and cataloging, authority control, bibliographic maintenance, and access to continuing resources. The successful candidate will join a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.

Located in culturally diverse, historic, and dynamic Richmond, convenient to the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the recreation destinations of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Commonwealth University is among the nation's leading research institutions. The VCU Libraries, one of Virginia’s outstanding research library systems, advances the University’s teaching, research, service, and patient care mission with comprehensive digital and print collections and nationally recognized innovation in its facilities, advanced media and technology resources for its community, and responsive, accessible information desk operations. In February 2018, the Association of College and Research Libraries recognized the VCU Libraries with the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.


Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections, Discovery and Budget, the Head, Metadata and Discovery is responsible for managing and directing staff in the creation of metadata and cataloging in all formats, as well as all aspects of continuing resources access and maintenance. Creates documents, manages, and refines workflows for materials including, but not limited to, print and electronic monographs, series, standing orders, serials and media. Proposes and monitors vendor services that facilitate processing and delivery of information resources. Provides staff training in metadata description and cataloging. Manages and reports metrics for productivity and assessment. Directs bibliographic and authority maintenance activities, ensuring database quality and accuracy. Supervises four librarians and eleven staff positions. The Head, Metadata and Discovery is expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Faculty with the VCU Libraries are evaluated, and promoted, on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service. Leads a team of 15 people.


Required: ALA-accredited graduate degree or accredited graduate degree in another appropriate discipline. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred: At least five years of increasingly responsible professional cataloging and metadata practice and managerial supervisory experience in an academic or research library. Ability to create original as well as copy bibliographic records. Experience with national bibliographic utilities, integrated library systems, vendor cataloging services, ebook management, authority control services, and automated routines for bibliographic maintenance. Comprehensive knowledge of cataloging principles and standards, including RDA, AACR2, LC classification, LCSH, MeSH, LC-PCC PSs, MARC and nonMARC metadata schemas. Experience with NACO, BIBCO or other PCC programs. Experience using OCLC Connexion and Ex Libris’ Alma. Experience with MarcEdit or other MARC editing tools. Knowledge and interest in emerging standards and initiatives, such as BIBFRAME, RDF, and linked data. Experience managing continuing resources in all formats. Proficiency with Microsoft Office and/or Google applications. Knowledge of languages other than English. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. Experience at urban research institutions, HBCU or minority serving institutions is desired.

Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Libraries

As one of only 28 public universities with academic medical centers to be designated by the Carnegie Foundation as “Community Engaged” with “Very High Research Activity,” Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research, enrolling over 31,000 students across its campuses. Located in the heart of Richmond, VCU offers 41 doctoral, 72 masters, 3 professional, and 62 baccalaureate degree programs. Thirty-two of VCU's graduate and professional programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the nation, with 20 programs ranking in the top 50; sculpture and nurse anesthesia are ranked number one. Over 3,200 faculty comprise the University's teaching force. Research strengths at the University include health and life sciences, education, engineering, social work, behavioral sciences, public affairs, advertising and design, and the fine arts. Sponsored research funding totals over $270 million, placing VCU among the top 100 research institutions in the United States. VCU’s strategic plan embraces an acceleration in the growth of VCU’s library system and includes a new Master Site Plan that envisions additions to both library facilities operated by the VCU Libraries. As part of that plan, a new library facility at James Branch Cabell Library on the university’s Monroe Park Campus opened in 2016 to national acclaim.

Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University, including the James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus and the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV Campus, employ over 66 professionals and 83 staff with annual expenditures exceeding $21 million. VCU also operates academic programs in Doha, Qatar, supported by a library there, and in various locations throughout the U.S. and the world. The VCU Libraries is a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, National Digital Stewardship Alliance, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), a statewide networking consortium for shared access to electronic and print resources. The VCU Libraries has adopted Primo as its discovery layer and was one of the first libraries worldwide to have implemented Alma as its next generation cloud-based system for library management. CONTENTdm, Digital Commons, ArchivesSpace, and Omeka supplement the foundation of its system architecture to enhance access to its collections and services.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience, not less than $70,000 annually. This is a full-time, nontenured faculty position. Normal faculty benefits apply, including 24 vacation days annually and choice of retirement and annuity plans. For more information about benefits, see VCU Human Resources' benefits guide.

For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit our home page. The position will be available January 1, 2019. Review of applications will begin November 30, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Apply via VCUJobs. Complete the application and submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.


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