Metadata Librarian

Jun 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Classification Title:

Assistant/Associate University Librarian

Job Description:   JOB SUMMARY

The University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries seek a Metadata Librarian for a 12-month tenure track Library faculty position in the Digital Production Services Department. The Department is a user focused, data enhancing, hands-on, collegial team that strives for efficiencies and streamlined procedures to maximize findability.


The Metadata Librarian creates and revises descriptive, administrative, and technical metadata to facilitate access, discovery, and support of digitized collections. The Metadata Librarian works closely with the Cataloging Services Department and various stakeholders across multiple units; plays a key role in large-scale projects, such as testing machine assisted indexing as a means of retrospectively enhancing metadata in the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC); and collaborates on ontology and metadata schema development as well as on metadata and information organization needs. The Metadata Librarian contributes to local policy and procedure decisions, develops and assesses workflows, and seeks creative approaches for managing metadata.


The Metadata Librarian pursues professional development opportunities and engages in research, publication, and professional association activities to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion. The Libraries encourage broad participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the Metadata Librarian serves on various committees and teams.



 Manipulates, transforms, and creates metadata in UFDC and in the Libraries' Integrated Library System (ILS). Responsible for clean-up projects, utilizing batch loading and editing tools in pursuit of workflow efficiencies, to improve access, actionability, and processing of library resources.   Participates in planning and executing data migrations between information systems. Applies expertise in manipulation and transformation of metadata to assist with designing and updating workflows. Designs and implements metadata, crosswalks, standards/policies, workflows, and tools to support access to collections of digitized and born-digital materials in multiple digital collection management systems and to support long-term preservation of those materials deposited into the UFDC. Serves as a resource for colleagues in all campus libraries, advising on appropriate strategies as well as assisting with creating and repairing metadata. Develops and delivers training on non-MARC metadata skills to broaden the pool of Library employees who can contribute to digital collection metadata work. Maintains awareness of developments and best practices in non-MARC metadata for institutional repositories and digital collections, as well as bibliographic description (i.e. BIBFRAME, linked data), and is involved in strategic planning to prepare the Smathers Libraries for advancing in these areas. Strengthens and creates avenues for collaboration across the Libraries to improve access to collections through various metadata systems and ontologies. Serves as a representative on various library committees, particularly for providing expertise in the area of metadata and authority control, and serving on other committees and groups as appropriate. Follows and participates in local, regional, and national discussions on metadata workflows, batch processes, and integrated processes across standards and types. Directs the work of project teams. Includes and supports individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, and perspectives in work activities, to support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society. Performs scholarly research and provides service at institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with the Libraries’ tenure and promotion criteria (see: Advertised Salary: Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials; Minimum Salary at the Assistant Librarian rank is $48,492; Minimum Salary at the Associate Librarian rank is $56,098

Minimum Requirements: ALA-accredited master's degree in library science or other relevant advanced degree. Eight years of relevant, post graduate degree, professional experience for appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank. Demonstrated experience using various metadata schemas, vocabularies, and content standards (such as DC, EAD, AACR2, RDA, LCSH, PREMIS, MODS, METS) and various encoding/transmission formats (such as RDF, XML, MARC, JSON) Excellent interpersonal skills. Demonstrated experience with any of the following tools (or others like them) to create, extract, transform, analyze, and/or quality control metadata: XSLT, Microsoft Excel, MarcEdit, OpenRefine, scripting languages, regular expressions, SQL. Demonstrated experience in successful project management. Familiarity with the linked data environment, including emerging library applications
(e.g., BIBFRAME) and name identifier systems (e.g., ORCID, ISNI). Evidence of positive and productive collaborations working with diverse audiences, constituencies, and colleagues. Initiative, flexibility and the ability to adapt to a complex, rapidly changing academic environment Superior verbal and written communication skills with the ability to explain complex issues in concise terms to a broad range of constituents. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, administrators, and the general public. Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work. Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion outlined at Preferred Qualifications: Two years of relevant, post graduate degree, professional experience for appointment at the Assistant University Librarian rank. Experience building ontologies and knowledge of standards and languages for ontology-building in a Linked Data environment (such as RDFS, OWL, and SKOS). Experience with metadata creation in an academic or research library. Knowledge of the principles of information organization as required in building and applying ontologies (including taxonomies, classification schemes, thesauri, and metadata element sets). Supervisory experience.­ Demonstrated ability to improve workflows or data maintenance tasks using automated processes. Reading fluency in French or Spanish. Metadata experience with special collections material. Experience contributing bibliographic and authority records using national Program for Cooperative Cataloging standards or other national or international programs for descriptive, structural, and administrative metadata. Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a written statement regarding current trends related to digitization, metadata creation, and digital preservation (250 words); 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by July 17, 2017 (applications will be reviewed beginning June 15, 2017). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.  The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida's 'Government in the Sunshine' and Public Records Laws.  Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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