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Head, Acquisitions and Metadata Services-- Arizona State University

posted Feb 26, 2018, 3:00 PM by Lars Hagelin
Are you ready to join the leadership team at the most innovative university in the country?

Serving as a critical gateway to ASU’s growing research and knowledge enterprise, ASU Library collaborates, educates and innovates across disciplines, communities and technologies, while leveraging key research and learning opportunities that are unique to ASU – ranked #1 for innovation three years in a row by U.S. News and World Report.

ASU Library seeks a highly motivated, collaborative, and service-oriented library technical services professional to lead the Acquisitions and Metadata Services team. The successful candidate will lead acquisitions and metadata staffing, policies, workflows, and practices governing the acquisition and description of the Library’s information resources, ensuring optimal discovery, access, and interoperability. The person in this position will supervise multiple teams, collaborating extensively with personnel across all areas of the library, and will also serve as the library’s domain expert in current and emerging descriptive ontologies and acquisitions processes. The Head of Acquisitions and Metadata Services will collaborate with personnel working with collections, discovery and repository services, information technology, and other functional areas to efficiently and effectively acquire, ingest, and describe information resources, identify appropriate metadata schemes and standards for collections, and ensure optimal discovery of and access to resources. S/he will use innovative approaches to problem solving and appropriate tools for data analysis and decision making. S/he is also responsible for hiring, training, and evaluating personnel within this unit.

ASU Library is a strong supporter of student success and a critical partner in realizing the New American University mission of access, excellence and impact. Success at ASU is measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed.

A center of energy, imagination and innovation, ASU Library is home to nine library facilities across five ASU campus locations – providing students and faculty access to millions of information resources, world-class collections, outstanding study spaces, advanced data centers and a suite of makerspaces and creative services. More information about the library can be found at

Required qualifications
  • ALA accredited Master’s in Library Science, or post graduate degree in a related discipline 
  • 5 years of acquisitions and/or cataloging experience in an academic, research, or large public library system 
  • Knowledge of applicable national cataloging and database standards (AACR2rev, RDA, LCSH, LC classification) 
  • Experience supervising staff 
Preferred qualifications
  • Experience with Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo 
  • Advanced knowledge of traditional and emerging metadata schemes including MARC, Dublin Core, EAD, MODS, BibFrame, and other RDF based ontologies 
  • Experience with bibliographic utilities and integrated library systems, vendor acquisitions and bibliographic services, authority control services, and automated routines for bibliographic maintenance 
  • Knowledge of linked data and other emerging technologies relating to metadata management 
  • Knowledge of current publishing practices and trends 
  • Experience in managing projects and meeting deadlines 
  • A customer service focus with excellent communication skills 
  • Experience working with institutional repositories, digital libraries, rare materials, and/or finding aids 
Salary and Rank: This is a continuing appointment track Academic Professional position; Associate/Full Librarian and salary dependent upon experience.

Application Procedures: Application packet consists of a cover letter, comprehensive vita or resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of 3 recent professional references. The application should be sent as a single (one) complete electronic file to Lillie Johnson ( Questions about the position and search should be directed to Lorrie McAllister (, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Strategy.

Application Deadline: Application deadline is April 3, 2018; applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed.

Other Information: Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. A background check is required for employment. For more information regarding ASU, please visit our web site: For more information about the Phoenix metropolitan area, please visit

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women and minorities are welcomed and encouraged to apply.