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Job ID: 47.19
Job Title:
Cataloging and Metadata Librarian
Appointment Type:
Time Base:
Date Posted:
December 2, 2019
Closing Date:
Open until filled
Benefits Link:
Faculty (Unit 3)
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The J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Cataloging and Metadata Librarian position at the rank of Senior Assistant or Associate Librarian beginning July 2020 or sooner.

We seek a colleague who will provide leadership in the development, evaluation, and implementation of cataloging and metadata policies, standards, procedures, and workflows, in coordination with a Head of Collection Management Services (currently vacant position). We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, primary responsibilities, and/or service, through diversity, to the excellence of the academic community.

The J. Paul Leonard Library is a busy, teaching-oriented organization supporting a community of 30,000 students as well as faculty and staff. The library’s collections include more than one million items in all formats, including an extensive collection of online databases and full-text resources. Additionally, the library uses and contributes to Ex Libris’ Alma/Primo library management system, which is shared by all 23 libraries in the California State University (CSU) System. Librarians have full faculty status and are expected to meet faculty requirements for tenure and promotion. The library faculty is committed to providing mentoring and support to tenure-track colleagues. The successful candidate will play a key role in helping to shape the future of the library. Information about the J. Paul Leonard Library is available at:

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world.

To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

● Attracting, retaining, and graduating a highly diverse student body
● Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
● Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
● Recruiting, retaining, and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory, or studio
● Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus
● Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
● Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged


The Cataloging and Metadata Librarian will perform original cataloging and complex metadata creation in multiple languages, formats, and time periods. The Cataloging and Metadata Librarian will lead planning, evaluation, and implementation of metadata and cataloging policies, standards, procedures, and workflows, as well as representing the library in implementing CSU-wide consortial level cataloging policies and procedures such as those related to the shared Ex Libris Alma/Primo Unified Library Management System (ULMS). The person in this position will work closely with the faculty and staff in the Collection Management Services division, with the possibility of providing lead work direction.

In addition, library faculty members are expected to engage in scholarship and service to the university and the profession. A detailed position description is available at [link]



● ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent
● Two years of cataloging/metadata experience
● Demonstrated working knowledge of RDA, AACR2, DCRM(b), LCCS, LCSH, and MARC formats and standards
● Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with a diverse population of colleagues and library stakeholders; incorporate inclusion, diversity, and equity into primary assignment, scholarship, and/or service responsibilities; contribute to a supportive, and collaborative work environment


• Experience cataloging using the OCLC bibliographic utility
• Experience using a library services platform, preferably Ex Libris’ Alma
• Demonstrated experience cataloging special collections materials, serials, music, and
manuscripts in English and preferably other languages as well
• Current awareness of new trends and emerging technologies in cataloging and technical services
• Excellent analytical and pro-active problem solving, organizational, and project management skills
• Ability to work independently and as a member or leader of a team
• Ability to adapt to rapid change and to exercise creativity and initiative
• Awareness and engagement with critical concerns in the discipline
• Active involvement in professional development activities
• Demonstrated potential for meeting the requirements for tenure and promotion under the Library's criteria for professional performance, scholarship, and service

Rank and Salary:

Senior Assistant or Associate Librarian. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University provides generous health, retirement, and other benefits.


Submit a letter of intent/interest; a current CV; a statement on how your philosophy of librarianship and/or your scholarship align with the commitment of the J. Paul Leonard Library to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community; and the names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation will be requested at a later date.

For full consideration, submit all materials to Elizabeth Detrich, Personnel Coordinator:, 415-338-3641. Application review will begin February 1, 2020 and continue until filled.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.