Cataloging and Metadata Services Law Librarian, UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title: Cataloging and Metadata Services Law Librarian
Salary range: The anticipated salary range is $110,628 to $129,802 fiscal year rate, though the successful candidate could be hired above or below this range depending on qualifications.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: September 1, 2022 or later
Position duration: This is a full-time potential career appointment.

Application Window

Open date: July 21st, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Aug 5, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Aug 22, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Berkeley Law) is one of the nation’s premier law schools, located at one of the world’s great universities. The Law Library holds one of the largest law collections in the world housing an extensive collection of Anglo-American, international, foreign, and comparative law. The Law Library serves a faculty of more than 100, including tenured and tenure track, clinical, adjunct, and visiting professors and lecturers; more than 900 J.D. students; 250 LL.M. students; 150 Professional Track LL.M. students in the summer; graduate students from the School of Jurisprudence and Social Policy; more than 100 visiting scholars each year; as well as researchers from other scholarly and legal communities. These include members of the University of California community, private attorneys, and members of the general public. Berkeley Law is the home of the prestigious Robbins Collection, which specializes in religious and civil law, and includes rare books and manuscripts. The Law School has a wide variety of research centers, clinics, and projects.

The Berkeley Law Library seeks a Cataloging and Metadata Services Law Librarian who will be responsible for advancing the library’s tools and resources surrounding the use of information technology and scholarship. This position will supervise and manage the Institutional Repository (IR), the Cataloging unit, and the growing array of metadata projects currently underway or under consideration. The synergies between the institutional repository, the Law Library catalog, and other information resources all revolve around the understanding of and proper utilization and deployment of library metadata.

Primary Responsibilities:

Under the general direction of the Associate Director for Collection Services, the Cataloging and Metadata Services Law Librarian focuses on the creation, maintenance, and enrichment of metadata representing Berkeley Law’s physical, digital, and virtual collections in English and various modern foreign languages. This position supervises the Cataloging department which is responsible for descriptive MARC21/RDA catalog records, updating existing records, using RDA and DCRM. The department also assigns Library of Congress subject headings to new and existing records according to national standards and local practice and performs authority control to establish and revise name headings in the LC/NACO Authority File according to NACO policies.

In addition, this position provides expertise in the development, implementation, and assessment of metadata policies and procedures to Berkeley Law Library while monitoring external developments, standards development, and changing needs in these areas. The incumbent will be responsible for creating a strategy for innovative metadata services that support the Berkeley Law community, developing and implementing data cleanup and enhancement through semi-automated methods, exploring and experimenting with Linked Data (LD) developments in the library field including BIBFRAME, Wikidata, and other LD tools, and working with vendors to improve external metadata records.

The position is responsible for supervising, managing, and mentoring three library assistants and one librarian. This includes supervising daily work, administering workflow procedures, developing the direction for the work of the unit, and providing regular communications and training within the unit and with other members of the law library.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • Advanced Degree

Preferred qualifications

  • MLS, MIS, or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent international degree.
  • 5 years of experience as a law cataloger or significant experience managing legal metadata projects, such as institutional repositories and other metadata-intensive library activities.
  • Familiarity with Library of Congress Classification Schedules for Law.
  • Knowledge of the collection’s core subject areas and familiarity with relevant bibliography to support research in these areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and manage library staff and librarians.
  • Ability to train staff, prepare effective training materials and other documentation, and support continuing professional development opportunities.
  • Evidence of the capacity to work collaboratively and independently in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and ensure regular workflow.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills, as well as initiative and flexibility.
  • Ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities showing initiative and flexibility and an ability to thrive in a changing environment.
  • Reading knowledge of at least one language other than English.
  • JD from an ABA-accredited institution.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply the following cataloging tools: Resource Description and Access (RDA), the Anglo-American cataloging Rules (AACR2r), Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and Library of Congress Classification (LCC), and MARC21 formats for bibliographic and authority data.
  • Experience cataloging materials through a cataloging utility such as OCLC, in an integrated library system environment.
  • Experience in the creation of name authority records, preferably for contribution to the Library of Congress as part of the NACO program.
  • Knowledge of a variety of MARC and non-MARC metadata standards and schema.
  • Familiarity with data manipulation tools such as MarcEdit, OpenRefine, and/or API applications.
  • Knowledge of or eagerness to explore current Linked Data practices and technologies.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

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Job location

Berkeley, CA

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