Responsible for producing original and copy cataloging for the library’s digital and physical collections in a variety of formats, with an emphasis on the library’s oral history collections. Duties will include audio and video editing as well as metadata creation for new and legacy oral history collections. Lead staff person responsible for expertise in transcription and access best practices for oral history. Responsible for metadata quality control, database maintenance and authority control tasks. Contributes to orderly movement of materials through processing workflow. Trains and assists staff members, volunteers, and interns working on digital archives projects.

  • Creates VRA, and EAD records for archival materials (photographs, manuscripts, oral histories, newspapers, etc.)
  • Searches for records and enhance when needed.
  • Depending upon areas of expertise and existing needs within the division, Metadata Librarians are expected to complete various tasks including the creation of MARC records for serials, monographs, A/V materials, maps and musical scores.
  • Reviews workforms and provides necessary training to clerical staff preparing them.
  • Utilizes print and database reference tools to inform professional decision-making.
  • Performs database searching and maintenance for bibliographic and authority records.
  • Uploads digital assets and metadata to digital asset management system.
  • Maintains up-to-date expertise in archival metadata and oral history best practices and the rapidly changing digital archives field, taking a lead on behalf of the library to bring new developments and standards into the library’s practices.
  • Creates original authority records including corporate, series title, and place and personal name records.
  • Trains staff, volunteers and interns as needed on processing methods and oral history best practices.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Requires an ALA accredited Master’s degree and a New York State Public Librarian’s Certificate.
  • Experience with archival processing, digital asset management systems, AV editing, and digital preservation required.
  • Able to perform independently, be self-motivated, adapt to constant change, and juggle multiple tasks with a positive attitude. Attention to detail and accuracy. Ability to work well as a team member. Willingness to adapt to new technologies and processes.
  • Previous cataloging experience required.


  • Familiarity with VRA Core, EAD and MARC formats preferred.
  • Experience with Oral History processing and access tools, and with Adobe and Microsoft Office Suites preferred.
  • Fluency with language spoken in Queens preferred.


Queens Public Library is a national and international leader in the delivery of public library service.  Our mission is to transform lives by cultivating personal and intellectual growth and by building strong communities. Queens Public Library welcomes innovators and leaders to contribute to a long history and dynamic future of serving the most diverse county in the United States. Queens Public Library is a private, non-profit corporation with 1,700 employees serving 65 locations.

TO APPLY:  Please send your resume and cover letter to QLcareers@queenslibrary.org and reference Metadata Librarian - QLWEB” in the subject line. Resumes will only be accepted by email. 

Starting annual salary is $59,051.

The Queens Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.