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A recently awarded grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has enabled the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) to continue to expand its analysis and planning to shape a data-centered international strategy for archiving and digitizing historical journals and newspapers.

We are seeking a creative, self directed professional with project management & team-lead capabilities focused on achieving top-notch results and meeting production objectives. Position involves collaborating closely with internal database teams as well as outside partners & publishers to develop standards of metadata capture, creation and normalization of bibliographic and holdings data for serials and newspapers.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Developing & monitoring processes for ensuring existing metadata is accurate and complete and coordinating the augmentation of existing data as necessary
  • Develop and implement a system to verify accuracy of all required data fields in incoming records.
  • Working with data sources to improve the quality of data as needed.
  • Investigate opportunities  to expand capability of existing databases and opportunities in linked data environment
  • Provide guidance to a team of metadata specialists and data entry personnel.
  • Monitoring production to ensure project goals are met.
  • Ensuring data analysis team’s goals and tasks are recorded in project management software and that team members use software to log progress or record notes.
  • Creating regular written project reports.


  • Strong analytical skills, with experience analyzing dataflow, data patterns and work flow.
  • Prior project management and team lead experience.
  • MLS or MLIS required
  • A minimum of 3 years serials cataloging experience, CONSER level preferred
  • Expertise developing and maintaining databases
  • Experience using PERL, JAVA or other programming languages to normalize text and applying API’s to harvest or capture data.
  • Ability to document and explain standards

CRL is a membership consortium consisting of the leading academic and research libraries in the U.S. and abroad, with a unique and historic collection. In addition to professional challenge and the chance to make a creative contribution, the CRL offers a competitive salary and exceptional benefits package.

Respond with the title of the position in the subject line to:  Resumes [at] crl [dot] edu. You may also respond by mail or fax, indicating the position you are applying for to:

Human Resources

Center for Research Libraries

6050 S. Kenwood Ave.

Chicago, IL 60637

Fax: 773-955-4545

An Equal Opportunity Employer m/f/d/v

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