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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

[LIBJOBS] USA - Berkeley, CA - Map Metadata & Curatorial Specialist #22282

Please note: Review date extended to November 7, 2016.

Map Metadata & Curatorial Specialist

  • Job ID: 22282
  • Location: Main Campus-Berkeley
  • Full/Part Time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Department: Library Administration
  • About Berkeley

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    Application Review Date

    The First Review Date for this job is: 10/19/16

    Departmental Overview

    The Library's Engineering and Physical Sciences Division includes five libraries - Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Earth Sciences & Map, Engineering, Mathematics Statistics, and Physics-Astronomy. These libraries are primary service points and provide research-level print and digital collections to support the research and teaching programs of the College of Engineering, College of Chemistry, and College of Letters & Science's Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division. Researchers throughout the university community and beyond heavily use these libraries. Collectively the staff consists of 6 librarians, 10 career staff, and over 30 student library employees.

    Catalog & Metadata Services (C&MS) is responsible for cataloging, metadata maintenance, and physical treatment of all new monographs, serials, and other material types in all physical and digital formats and languages (except Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) for the Doe/Moffitt Libraries and Subject Specialty Libraries. Within Catalog & Metadata Services, the Metadata Creation Unit's focus is on the creation of new library metadata and the use or expansion of existing metadata. C&MS works closely with other Library units on projects to improve catalog quality and to identify and create non-MARC metadata for digital library projects.

    This position reports to the Head of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Division with a dotted line to the Head of Catalog & Metadata Services.


    Creates and upgrades metadata/catalog records for maps, map sets, atlases, and digital geospatial data for the Earth Sciences & Map Library and other campus libraries. Prepares and assigns metadata to digital map sets and geospatial data for ingestion into digital collections. Performs complex database maintenance by resolving conflicts and improving or correcting bibliographic, item, holdings, and/or authority records in the UCB online catalog, OCLC, and/or other library databases. Selects maps for purchase, storage, or weeding under the direction of the GIS & Map Librarian. Performs and/or trains student employees in performing bibliographic searching and submits map orders on behalf of the GIS & Map Librarian. Physically prepares maps, map sets, and atlases for accessioning, storage, or deaccessioning per established procedures and/or trains and directs student employees in this work. Provides reference and instruction services related to the map collection. Performs map scanning for the large format scanning service, interlibrary loan, and digital projects. Creates and maintains relevant documentation. Analyzes, evaluates, interprets and revises or proposes revisions to established guidelines. Represents the Earth Sciences & Map Library on the Cataloging & Metadata Council and participates in Earth Sciences & Map Library, Engineering & Physical Sciences Division, and Catalog & Metadata Services unit meetings.

    Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
  • Professional proficiency with current cataloging standards, practices, and tools for original and complex copy cataloging such as RDA, MARC21 formats, Library of Congress Classification (particularly classification schedule G), Library of Congress Subject Analysis, Cataloger's Desktop, RDA Toolkit, and other resources of relevance to map and geospatial data cataloging.
  • Minimum 1 year experience performing full original cataloging.
  • Experience using OCLC Connexion and integrated library systems.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • One or more years of experience cataloging maps and geospatial resources.
  • Demonstrated understanding of cartographic and geospatial resources and concepts.
  • Experience with the Millennium integrated library system.
  • Experience working with existing and emerging metadata standards such as MODS, Dublin Core, METS, XML, and FGDC and/or ISO standards for GIS data.
  • Experience assisting library patrons through reference and instruction.
  • Experience with GIS software such as ArcGIS or QGIS.
  • Salary & Benefits

    How To Apply

    Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Application materials can be submitted at

    Conviction History Background

    This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see: For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


Lisa Rowlison de Ortiz
Head, Catalog & Metadata Services
The Library
University of California Berkeley
250 Moffitt #6000
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
phone: (510) 643-2038
fax: (510) 642-4956

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