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Cornell University – Director, Cataloging and Metadata Services

Job Description –  Director, Cataloging and Metadata Services (#18625)

Under the general direction of the Director of Library Technical Services (LTS), the Director of Cataloging and Metadata Services (CMS) provides leadership, guidance, expertise, encouragement, and inspiration to a department whose mission is to enable and enhance discovery and access to library resources to meet the research and teaching needs of one of the nation’s premier universities.  Currently comprising 19 staff, including 9 librarians, CMS is responsible for MARC cataloging at all levels (though primarily original) and in all formats and languages for most of Cornell’s unit libraries, including rare books and music.  In addition, the department’s metadata librarians provide expert advice, consulting and transformation services for the use of non-MARC metadata in digital projects and for the curation of scientific research data in diverse subject areas.  The metadata librarians also follow, recommend, and develop best practices for the use of file formats, standards, and schemes for sharing, re-use, and preservation of metadata.  The Director sets achievable goals for CMS to address evolving user needs, working closely with other LTS directors and with leaders in other library divisions, such as information technology, collection development, collection management, digital preservation, virtual libraries, and access services.


  • M.L.S. or equivalent graduate degree
  • Demonstrated success in leading and motivating others; supervisory and/or project management experience in a college or university library setting preferred
  • Extensive experience in the resource description field, preferably within a large academic or research library
  • Strong working knowledge of cataloging rules (including RDA), metadata schemes, formats, standards, and protocols
  • Familiarity and interest in the application of technology to descriptive practices
  • Evidence of strong service orientation and interest in library users’ values and needs
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing environments and ability to plan and solve problems creatively
  • Record of effective participation in professional organizations
  • Outstanding collegial, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Spirit of adventure

Applications requested by October 31, 2012. Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references.
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