Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Library, Charleston South Carolina

Under the direction of the Director of Information Resources and Collection Services, the Metadata Librarian will be responsible for supporting the collections management and preservation needs of the Medical University of South Carolina Libraries. The Metadata Librarian will take lead on the metadata and cataloging needs for all libraries; participate in projects to enhance and promote access to the Library’s collections; maintain bibliographic and item controls over resources in the collection; accession new materials; document conservation and preservation needs of collections and stabilize materials as appropriate; assist library staff in special projects related to reference and collections; and in general contribute to collaborative environment while maintaining high user-centered service standards.

QUALIFICATIONS (click to open)

Minimum Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Masters degree in Library Science.
  • Demonstrated experience performing copy and original cataloging of print and electronic resources.
  • Working knowledge of metadata and cataloging standards and practices, such as MARC, Dublin Core, EAD, METS, and or MODS.
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and be able to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both independently and as a team member or leader
  • Aptitude for complex, analytical work with an attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities and competing deadlines
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working with special collections materials
  • Experience with Medical Subject Headings
  • Experience with OCLC World Management Share ILS
  • Working knowledge of metadata tools and systems for creating, editing, and transforming metadata, such as XML, XSLT, Oxygen, MarcEdit, and/or OpenRefine
  • 2+ years with original cataloging and metadata creation experience in an academic or special collections library within the last five years


Resource Management: 60%

  • Ensure resources of all formats are accessible in the library’s catalog and other outreach tools.
  • Manage bibliographic and item records.
  • Accession new collections in all formats.
  • Document conservation and preservation needs of materials and assist in conservation projects.
  • Perform basic preservation tasks such as encapsulation, construction of protective enclosures, and preservation photocopying.

Reference: 40%

  • Respond in a polite and timely manner to public requests for information, information system use or education.
  • Assist patrons in planning and conducting research, and supervise the use of materials.
  • Maintain user statistics and participate in data-driven outreach and reference services.
  • Contribute to the development and curation of online resources, such as LibGuides and other service platforms.

BENEFITS (click to open)

This is a part-time, non-tenure track faculty position.

Salary is commensurate with required education and appropriate experience.

The Medical University of South Carolina is a Drug Free Workplace and adheres to the provisions of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. MUSC conducts a pre-employment (post offer) drug screen as a part of the pre-employment process for all new hires.

We are an equal opportunity employer, promoting workplace diversity. m/f/v/d

HOW TO APPLY (click to open)

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Please apply online at;

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those applicants who are being considered for an interview will be contacted.

For further information and clarification of this position please inquire with Ms. Jean Gudenas, Director of Information Resources and Collection Services, via email at or telephone 843-792-8309.

For further information and clarification of these positions please inquire to Ms. Shannon D. Jones via e‑mail or telephone 843‑792‑8839

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