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Metadata Operations Specialist

Princeton University Library seeks a Metadata Operations Specialist to join its Cataloging and Metadata Services team (CaMS). CaMS is a multidisciplinary group of talented individuals working collaboratively to support the research of the Princeton University community. This includes providing efficient, thorough, and accurate access to the Library's holdings in many formats and languages.

Princeton University Library is one of the world's leading research libraries, supporting a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,700 graduate students, 1,200 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 85 thousand manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, and images.


The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities.


This position will be located in the Library's off campus office.

  • Provide cataloging for rush and high-demand materials
  • Produce original and copy cataloging for special projects and collections, and other areas, as needed
  • Create and update name authority records, as needed
  • Monitor the cataloging feedback reporting system, troubleshoot, and resolve problems with data in the online catalog
  • Update and enhance bibliographic and authority data affecting online retrieval and indexing in the online catalog
  • Assist with processing and cataloging of PUL digital repository submissions and other electronic resources
  • Create structural metadata for digital projects
  • Hire, train, and supervise student workers
Position: Metadata Operations Specialist
Organization: Princeton University
Location: Princeton,  NJ 
United States
Salary: $70000 - $73000/Yearly Salary
Posting Start Date: 12/16/2022
Date Posted: 12/16/2022
Requirements Qualifications


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum three years of cataloging experience
  • Experience working with cataloging and acquisitions on a library services platform such as Alma, in addition to working in OCLC (via OCLC Connexion and/or WorldShare)
  • Working knowledge of the MARC format and bibliographic standards (RDA, AACR2), name authority records and the NAF, cataloging rules for inputting and formatting bibliographic and authority data
  • Reading knowledge of one or more non-English language
  • Experience using collaborative and office productivity tools like Google Drive, MS Office, Slack, etc.
  • Willingness to learn new technologies and data/metadata formats
  • Stellar communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving ability



Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  • Experience using tools and technologies for bulk data manipulation such as MarcEdit
  • Experience working and cataloging in an academic library or other cultural heritage institution


Princeton University Library is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce and advancing the University's commitment to racial equity within our community and in the world. We encourage candidates from all diverse backgrounds and life experiences to apply for our positions. To find out more about PUL's work towards greater inclusivity, equity, and diversity, please see PUL's “About” page.



Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

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Princeton University

Princeton,  NJ 08542
United States
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