The United States Naval Academy (USNA) is a four-year undergraduate institution with a
mission to prepare midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically for commissioning as
officers in the naval services. The activity is defined as a “Multi-mission Military Installation,
Complex” under Department of the Defense classification guidance. The institution 1)
provides an accredited undergraduate education and officer accession program for the Nation,
2) is a historic national landmark with over one million visitors per year, and 3) is a host to
national and international events, many of which are open to the public and attended by the
highest representatives of Government.
This position is located in the Materials Processing Department of Collections and Resource
Management, Nimitz Library, U.S. Naval Academy, and reports to the Head of Materials
Processing and the Associate Library Director for Collections and Resource Management. The
incumbent will provide expertise specific to metadata/cataloging, maintaining library
bibliographic databases, associated IT/systems, and stay abreast of emerging trends and issues
impacting metadata/cataloging processes, schema, guidelines, standards.
II. MAJOR DUTIES
1. Performs descriptive and subject cataloging/metadata assignment and classification for all
materials in a variety of formats (specifically print, audio-visual, and electronic in
monographic and serial formats) and languages, where a significant portion of the materials
require interpretation, judgment, and deviation from precedent in compliance with the
national cataloging/metadata standards for the format. (50%)
2. Performs work on authority data, downloads batches of vendor supplied authority records
and resolves conflicts to ensure that the same form of name is used each time an item is
3. Participates in the regular maintenance of and the resolution of problems in the library
services system and discovery platform, including the importing/exporting of and processing
of bibliographic records from various vendors sources. (15%)
4. Assists library leadership and other library staff in formulating short and long-term policies
and procedures regarding metadata. Amend standard operating procedures as necessary.
5. Provides technical training and continuing development to paraprofessional staff regarding
cataloging/metadata procedures. (10%)
1. Knowledge Required by the Position
POSITION DESCRIPTION FOR LIBRARIAN (METADATA)
a. In-depth knowledge of professional theories and techniques of librarianship with
regard to collecting, organizing, and creating access to the Nimitz Library’s
information resources. Such knowledge is achieved by attaining the Master’s degree
in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution.
b. In-depth knowledge of general and specialized information sources in paper or
electronic format, including the structure, content, and access protocols of relevant
online services, library service systems, and Web-based search/discovery tools.
c. Conceptual models for library data as it related to the Semantic Web and library
services systems, i.e., Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Functional
Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR).
d. Content,structure, and data standards for library data including AACR2, Resource
Description Access (RDA), Dublin Core, MARC, XML, and BIBFRAME.
e. Standard library organizing schemes, particularly Library of Congress Subject
Headings (LCSH) and Library of Congress Classification (LCC).
f. Understanding of SQL and scripting languages as they are used in libraries,
particularly with regard to Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and how they
permit communication/execution of tasks between related but distinct
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