Metadata Operations Specialist

Requisition # 2021-13489
Date Posted 2 months ago(10/1/2021 3:06 PM)
Library-Information Technology
Job Type


The Cataloging and Metadata Services department at Princeton University Library is hiring a new Metadata Operation Specialist to join the East Asian Library Team. This position provides accurate maintenance of the Chinese language collection. Reporting to the Team Leader of non-Roman Script Languages, the duties of this position include creation and revision of bibliographical records in OCLC and in the Alma system.Primary duties include: receiving and cataloging Chinese-language materials; cataloging and processing monographs and contributing to the maintenance of periodicals and standing orders; overviewing and processing of shelf-ready monographs received from the Chinese vendor; other special projects as assigned.


  • Create accurate bibliographic and name authority records for Chinese language materials.
  • Search the library catalog and other bibliographic utilities such as OCLC.
  • Perform complex copy cataloging and provide appropriate maintenance of Chinese language metadata.
  • Perform cataloging of print monographs and DVDs.
  • Provide complex copy cataloging of continuing resources in Chinese-language and prepare transfers to off site location.
  • Process rush requests for Chinese-language materials.


  • Five years of library (or equivalent academic) experience that demonstrates the ability to perform detailed analytical work with bibliographic description of datasets.
  • Working knowledge of cataloging standards and procedures (RDA, MARC 21, LCSH).
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of library staff in written and oral form.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other members of the team.
  • Ability to manage time and projects effectively.
  • Facility with a variety of bibliographic databases.
  • Knowledge of the Chinese language is essential.
  • Fluency in written and oral English.


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. EEO IS THE LAW

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Probationary Period

180 days

Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver’s License Required


Experience Level

Entry Level



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