Metadata Librarian

College Park
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Created: January 29, 2014


The University of Maryland Libraries is seeking a Metadata Librarian. Under the direction of the Head of Metadata Services, the Metadata Librarian implements and supports metadata strategies associated with digital initiatives and projects. The incumbent may lead projects or serve as a member of a project team, providing metadata expertise.  The Metadata Librarian collaborates with colleagues in Digital Systems and Stewardship and Special Collections and University Archives to evaluate the effectiveness of metadata for resource discovery and access. The incumbent recommends metadata schemas and develops workflows for metadata creation for collections to be digitized. Designs and provides documentation, training and consultation on creation and application of metadata to faculty and staff within Metadata Services and throughout the UMD Libraries.  Manages a broad variety of tasks in response to shifting priorities and changing constraints.  Contributes to national programs and initiatives such as the Program for Cooperative Cataloging.  Participates in planning, establishing and achieving the goals and objectives of the Metadata Services Department as a whole. As a member of the Library faculty, has an obligation to remain professionally informed, to pursue the discovery of new knowledge related to the field of expertise, to disseminate the results of scholarly work, and to seek opportunities for professional service at the Libraries, campus, consortium, state, and national levels.

Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in library science from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Minimum of two years of experience related to metadata in an academic, research, special collections library, or institution with a substantial digital collection.
  • Demonstrated experience with MARC or non-MARC metadata in a library environment.
  • Demonstrated experience with XML-based standards such as Dublin Core, EAD, VRA Core, MODS, METS, and PREMIS.
  • Knowledge of current standards, such as AACR2, RDA, DACS, LC classification, LCSH, FRBR/FRAD.
  • Working knowledge of cataloging utilities, such as OCLC Connexion, local integrated library systems, or digital repository systems/software (Fedora, DSpace, etc.).
  • Knowledge of semantic web, RDF, and linked data.
  • Understanding of technical services operations and emerging cataloging issues and trends in digital resource management.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a congenial team environment and to interact effectively with a broad variety of staff within and outside of Technical Services.
  • Ability to meet standards for achieving permanent status.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience with DTD or XSLT.
  • Familiarity with archival practices and digitization workflows.
  • Experience with Library of Congress cataloging practices and procedures and with PCC programs.
  • Knowledge of a foreign language.

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Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. For additional information, consult the following website:

APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at  No relocation assistance will be provided.  You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment.  An application consists of a cover letter which includes the source of advertisement, a resume, and names/e-mail addresses of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until February 28, 2014.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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