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Head of Metadata Services – Library 2713 views

Hiring range: Librarian
Salary Range: $86, 534 to $104,276 annually (salary based on qualifications)
This is a full-time appointmentThe University of California, Berkeley Library seeks innovative and engaged information professionals to lead the Metadata Services unit and to help provide guidance and strategic direction for the future of resource description for the Library, colleagues in the UC consortium, and beyond.THE ENVIRONMENT The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868 Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic, and social value in California, the United States, and the world. Berkeley’s culture of openness, freedom, and acceptance — academic and artistic, political and cultural — makes it a very special place for students, faculty, and staff. Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high-performing culture that supports the outstanding work of their faculty and students. Candidates are encouraged to read more about the UC Berkeley culture at
In a highly-diverse and intellectually-rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of over 30,000 undergraduate students, 11,000 graduate students, and 1,500 faculties. The Library also serves the people of California, and the world, through lending to over 35 countries a year, and making available a rapidly-growing archive of digitized special collections materials (over 4 million items so far). The UC Berkeley Library has contributed over 3 million digitized books to HathiTrust.
The Library comprises 25 campus libraries, with a collection of nearly 13 million circulating volumes, almost 1.5 million e-books, subscriptions to over 130,000 journals and periodicals, and about 200 million items in its special collections, including rare materials held by The Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, the Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library, the Music Library, and the Anthropology Library. The UC Berkeley Library actively partners with the other nine UC campuses and the systemwide California Digital Library. The Library manages the systemwide off-site Northern Regional Library Facility. The Library has an operating budget of about $62 million with approximately 325 full-time employees and 600 student employees.


Reporting to the Head of the Collections Services Division and working closely with unit heads for Acquisitions and Preservation, and other collaborating units in the Library, the Head of Metadata Services will oversee the creation of metadata for materials acquired and created by the University and provide a vision for the delivery of new services within the area of resource description and discovery.
The Head of Metadata Services will build the metadata capabilities in the unit by fostering an environment of collaboration, innovation, accountability, and ongoing learning. This may be accomplished by assessing staff training and development, promoting library-wide collaboration, and keeping abreast of current and new practices within the rapidly evolving realm of information management and discovery. The Head will also serve as an authoritative resource person for metadata-related questions, supervise and contribute to the creation of original and complex adaptive catalog records using MARC 21, RDA, LCSH, and LCC, and support the UC Berkeley Library’s participation in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging. The Head of Metadata Services will help lead the implementation of Linked Data at Berkeley.
The Head of Metadata Services is responsible for supervising staff and librarians in the unit.
The Head of Metadata Services is expected to be a key player in building effective relationships with colleagues both nationally and internationally as new metadata standards emerge.

Minimum basic qualification at the time of application
● Advanced Degree

Additional Qualification:
• Minimum three years of experience in an academic library (must be met by the start of the job)

Preferred qualifications
● Masters degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited institution or equivalent international degree
● Significant knowledge of and ability to apply the following cataloging tools: Resource Description and Access (RDA), the Anglo-American cataloging Rules (AACR2r), Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), and Library of Congress Classification (LCC), and MARC21 formats for bibliographic and authority data.
● Experience cataloging materials through a cataloging utility such as OCLC, in an integrated library system environment.
● Knowledge of and experience with non-MARC metadata schemes, and those used for access to digital collections and institutional repositories.
● Knowledge of linked data and semantic web applications.
● Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities showing initiative and flexibility and an ability to thrive in an ambiguous environment.
● Self-motivated and detail-oriented, with good team-building skills, a strong service orientation, and a demonstrated commitment to staff development and diversity in the workplace.
● Demonstrated ability to train staff and prepare effective training materials and other documentation.
● Excellent analytical skills and oral and written communication skills; evidence of high productivity and problem-solving skills when working independently and in groups.
● Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
● Experience with a national cooperative cataloging program such as PCC (NACO, BIBCO, CONSER, or SACO).
● Working knowledge of one or more languages other than English.

This is a non-represented librarian position. UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Librarian advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show promise or evidence of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC system, and profession.

Due to local shelter in place orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position may be working remotely upon hire. The successful candidate must provide their own stable internet access.

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Send inquiries to:

Immaculate Adesida
Library Human Resources Department


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Next review date: Sunday, Mar 14, 2021, at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Apr 30, 2021, at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

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