Metadata Librarian, University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa)


Metadata Librarian

RESPONSIBILITIES: The University of Alabama Libraries is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated individual for the position of Metadata Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services (CMS), the metadata librarian plays an important role in the Libraries’ digital program. This position works closely with Digital Services and the other metadata librarian in CMS to support the discovery of and access to UA Libraries digital content through metadata creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance; collaboratively develop policy and best practices for descriptive, technical, preservation, and administrative metadata and maintain documentation; track developments in metadata standards of all types (descriptive, technical, preservation, and administrative) to recommend and design appropriate metadata schema for discovery and access; keep abreast of issues and trends in digital libraries and repositories and their impact on metadata standards; coordinate with constituencies within and outside the Libraries on metadata issues; and serve as metadata expert and provide metadata training and technical assistance.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent; knowledge of metadata schema such as Dublin Core, EAD, VRA Core, MODS, METS, etc. and content standards and controlled vocabularies; experience with applying metadata standards to describe digital collections using CONTENTdm or other digital management system(s); demonstrated understanding of all aspects of metadata; familiarity with the OAIS reference model; demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with diverse constituencies; effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills; evidence of ability to meet University requirements for promotion and tenure.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: 1-2 years experience working in digital projects; experience in database design, cross-walking, XSLT, and scripting.

ENVIRONMENT: The University Libraries maintains membership in the Association of Research Libraries, SPARC, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, SOLINET, and the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries. The Libraries use Ex Libris’ Voyager Integrated Library System. The Libraries’ homepage may be accessed at

SALARY/BENEFITS: 12-month tenure track appointment. Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Strong benefits including professional development support and tuition fee waiver. Substantial moving allowance may be available.

TO APPLY: Go to to apply for this posting. When applying, include complete contact info for references along with cover letter and vita.

Open until filled. Applications received by January 31, 2009 are assured of receiving full consideration.


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