Metadata Librarian, Smithsonian, Washington DC

The Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL) has an opening for a Metadata Librarian at a minimum starting salary of $55,706 per year (Federal grade GS-11).  Headquartered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., SIL serves the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex, with holdings of 1.5 million books, manuscripts, and other materials in 20 libraries throughout the Institution.

DUTIES:  Incumbent creates descriptive metadata based on user needs and cataloging principles and of non-MARC metadata schemas/standards such as Dublin Core, XML, METS, MODS, or MADS or exchange protocols such as OAI.  Contributes MARC cataloging to OCLC and the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) using LCSH and LC Classification.  Uses promising new metadata/cataloging tools or technologies, and develops strategies for integrating new technologies and services into existing practices. Develops/modifies software tools to meet local metadata creating and conversion needs.  Provides metadata advice and support for digital asset management systems.  Participates in Smithsonian, national, and international discussions related to the harvesting or production of descriptive, administrative, technical, and structural metadata.  Establishes local policies, procedures, and guidelines for the harvesting/production of metadata.  Coordinates metadata production and trains support staff.  Establishes metadata evaluation and quality assurance procedures.  Maintains a central repository of information on current metadata standards as used at Smithsonian Libraries.  Provides specifications for outsourcing the production of metadata for digital resources.  Oversees the loading of vendor supplied metadata.  Analyzes metadata provided by external vendors to determine conversions and enhancements needed to support access.  Assists in preparation of grant proposals for digital projects.  Serves on SI or SIL committees or task forces.

The full vacancy announcement #08-AD-293853-JNT-SIL with instructions for applicants can be found at as well as the USAJOBS website at (applicant must be U.S. citizen).  Information on careers at the Smithsonian Institution is available at the Smithsonian Institution Office of Human Resources website at  For further information, please call (202) 633-6370 (voice) or (202) 633-6409 (TTY); or email to

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