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E-Resources Metadata Librarian

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the University Provost Tempe: ASU Library: Acquisitions and Analysis


Tempe campus

Open Date

Apr 30, 2024


The E-Resources Metadata Librarian provides leadership and initiative for the discovery and description of the Library’s electronic collections and resources. Reporting to the Head of Acquisitions and Metadata, the incumbent will develop, review, and enhance workflows for managing vendor and consortial records; lead and coordinate initiatives for maintenance and remediation of e-resources metadata; and provide descriptive and subject metadata for electronic resources.

Working collaboratively with metadata, e-resources, acquisitions, licensed collections and technology services staff, the E-Resources Metadata Librarian also participates in the creation, development and implementation of unit and team policies and procedures, provides training to Library staff and/or student employees, and maintains a high-level working knowledge of theory and practice pertaining to librarianship, specifically electronic resources.

The ASU Library is a center of energy, imagination, and innovation, with nine library facilities across four ASU campus locations. We provide students and faculty access to millions of information resources, world-class collections, outstanding study spaces, advanced data centers, and a suite of maker spaces and creative services. ASU Library strongly supports student success and is a critical partner in realizing the New American University’s mission of access, excellence, and impact. Success at ASU is measured not by whom we exclude but rather by whom we include and how they succeed.

Essential Functions

● Develops, implements, and manages workflows for creating and maintaining electronic resources metadata. Responsible for metadata creation and remediation projects; and identifying, harvesting, or enhancing legacy metadata to assist in user discovery of library and other information resources.

● Evaluates e-resource metadata from library systems, vendors, and other sources to determine the most suitable metadata for discovery purposes. Performs and manages metadata work at scale, employing automation and batch processes to load, enhance, and remediate metadata.

● Provides descriptive and subject metadata using Resource Description and Access (RDA), AACR2, MARC, Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), and other standards.

● Develops priorities, policies, and procedures relating to metadata for electronic resources in conjunction with library and university staff, vendors, and other stakeholders; identifies and resolves problems as applicable.

● Contributes to Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) component programs as applicable, including establishing name/title authorities for NACO (Name Authorities Cooperative), subjects for SACO (Subject Authorities Cooperative) and bibliographic records for BIBCO (bibliographic record cooperative).

● Establishes a solid knowledge base in metadata practices, cataloging and librarianship, maintaining a high-level working knowledge of national and international literature for cataloging and classification of electronic resources. Keeps informed of revisions in standards and other trends/developments in metadata practices.

● Participates in the creation, development, and implementation of unit and team policies and procedures; helps set unit/team goals and priorities within the framework of the ASU Library goals and priorities, and assists in the creation, development, and maintenance of tools and resources used by Acquisitions and Metadata staff.

● Provides training to staff in Acquisitions and Metadata Services and other library staff. May also directly supervise one or more staff and/or student employees.

● Performs and/or manages other responsibilities as assigned.

● Participates in professional contribution and service activities.



  • Masters degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program by the hire date.
  • Professional, paraprofessional or internship-level metadata and/or cataloging experience


  • Minimum of one year of experience with cataloging of electronic resources, particularly in a large academic research library
  • Knowledge of MARC, LCSH, LC classification, RDA and/or AACR2
  • Experience working with Alma ILS and/or Primo discovery service and/or certification as an Alma/Primo Administrator
  • Experience with OCLC or a similar utility and its practice
  • Experience with batch loading and/or metadata remediation tools such as MARCEdit, OpenRefine, XSLT, and/or scripting languages
  • Experience working with APIs or similar applications
  • Experience cataloging serials and/or integrating resources
  • Experience working collaboratively with staff, administrators, and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills
  • Training and/or supervisory experience

Salary and Rank: This is a Continuing Appointment track Academic Professional position; Assistant/Associate Librarian rank and salary dependent upon experience.

Application Instructions

Application Procedures: This is a paperless search; only electronic materials will be accepted. To apply, please submit electronically to the following: A cover letter, comprehensive vita or resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of 3 recent professional references. No paper applications, faxes or emails will be accepted.

The applicant’s last name should appear in each uploaded file name. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at: Daniel.Jergovic@asu.edu. Application deadline is June 14, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until position is filled.

Other Information: Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. For more information regarding ASU, visit our website: www.asu.edu. For more information about the Phoenix metropolitan area, please visit www.visitarizona.com.