Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

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Created: August 5, 2014


Appointment Rank: Assistant Professor

Salary: $48,000

General Function

The Cataloging and Metadata Librarian provides leadership in the creation and maintenance of descriptive metadata for items and collections purchased, subscribed and created by the University of Tennessee Libraries. This position is responsible to ensure accuracy and consistency of metadata in all formats and to develop strategies for improved discoverability of the library’s resources. Reporting to the head of the Discovery and Technical Services Department, this librarian coordinates the work of the Cataloging Unit within the department by supervising, setting priorities, training, and implementing plans, policies, and practices for the unit. The Cataloging and Metadata Librarian works collaboratively with staff in departments across the libraries to develop and enhance workflows for metadata development and to develop and deliver metadata training.

Specific Duties

Supervises and evaluates 6 non-exempt staff in the Cataloging Unit with responsibility for original and copy cataloging, batch-loading of vendor-supplied MARC records, database maintenance, and processing.
Leads the Cataloging Unit through planning, statistics gathering, analysis and reporting.
Leads the Libraries in keeping current with evolving cataloging and metadata standards; creates and revises local policies and procedures, documentation and training accordingly.
Serves as consultant across the Libraries for complex cataloging and metadata questions.
Contributes and assists others in the performance of authority control and disambiguation of names; contributes original authority work to the Tennessee NACO Funnel Project.
With Digital Initiatives and Special Collections staff, coordinates the integration of metadata into production of digital collections.
Participates in efforts to improve the library’s discovery and delivery platform.

Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program; original cataloging experience in multiple formats; demonstrated knowledge of cataloging standards and practices including RDA, MARC21, AACR2, LCSH and LC classification; knowledge of non-MARC metadata schemes such as Dublin Core, EAD, TEI, MODS, and METS; demonstrated interest in current trends and developments in cataloging, metadata, authority control and emerging technologies; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively in a diverse academic community and to manage shifting priorities; must be able to meet the University’s requirement for promotion and tenure which includes research and service components.

Preferred: Experience in an academic library; supervisory and training experience; expertise in authority control; reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages; knowledge of emerging trends and practices related to linked data, semantic web applications and RDF; experience formulating and disseminating metadata policies; working knowledge of discovery systems, especially Primo.


The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the flagship campus of the state university system. The UT Libraries supports the teaching, research, and service mission of the university and enhances the academic experience of each student at the Knoxville campus — through outstanding print and electronic collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities and technological resources.

The UT Libraries serves as an intellectual, cultural, and social center for the university and community.  We are a national leader in the creation of regionally significant digital collections; in support of open access though our digital repository Trace; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise.   The University of Tennessee Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, Lyrasis, and the Center for Research Libraries. The UT Libraries collaborates actively at the state level with the other UT System Libraries as well as the libraries in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.


Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan or ORP (AIG Retirement, ING, TIAA-CREF) with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans.  Tuition remission is available for all university employees and partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees. Faculty rank and status; twelve-month, tenure-track appointment.

Application Procedures

A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  Send cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Manager, Library Dean’s Office and Human Resources, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000.  Application materials may be sent via email attachment to   Review of applications will begin August 25, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.  Qualified spring graduates are encouraged to apply.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. 

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

For more information about positions in the Libraries contact Library Administration, (865) 974-6600 .

For other positions at the University of Tennessee Knoxville contact University Human Resources, (865) 946-8847.

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