Metadata Librarian

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Created: April 6, 2016


The University of Tennessee Libraries seeks an innovative, creative individual to serve as Metadata Librarian. Reporting to the head of Cataloging & Metadata Services, the Metadata Librarian enhances resource discovery and improves access to collections by implementing and supporting metadata strategies associated with digital scholarship and special collections. Working closely with colleagues in the digital library program, the Metadata Librarian will develop workflows to improve efficiency and metadata quality. Serving as the expert on non-MARC metadata, the individual is expected to participate in decision-making for library digital projects and to coordinate the integration of metadata into production of digital collections.

  • Create guidelines and procedures for metadata creation, transformation, remediation, and enhancement
  • Create descriptive metadata and assign controlled vocabulary terms to digitized and born-digital objects
  • Work collaboratively with Digital Initiatives to automate workflows for metadata ingest, extraction, and transformation
  • Perform metadata audits of existing digital collections, participate in migration of legacy digital collections to new platforms, and ensure compliance with local and international metadata standards
  • Develop and deliver training on metadata, and consult with partners on metadata
  • Support the DPLA service hub for the state of Tennessee by transforming, normalizing, and enhancing harvested metadata from service partners
  • Work on repository and discovery layers for better ingest and index of datasets
  • Consult with digital and physical collections project and departmental stakeholders
  • Work with the staff of the Trace institutional repository to expand the discoverability, preservation and scope as well as guide migration to a new platform
  • Maintain awareness of trends in metadata and resource discovery
  • Serve the library profession through involvement in professional organizations and through cooperative efforts with other information professionals
  • Engage in scholarly activity through publications and presentations

  • Master’s degree from an ALA accredited program
  • Experience with current metadata standards and schema, including MODS 3.6
  • Working knowledge of resource description practices and an understanding of controlled vocabularies and ontologies
  • Knowledge of tools for metadata manipulation
  • Aptitude for complex, analytical work with the ability to manage multiple priorities and competing deadline
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively in a diverse academic community
  • Evidence of ability to engage in research, publication, and service consonant with University and Libraries guidelines for tenure and promotion
  • Experience with scripting languages such as Ruby, Python, or Perl
  • Experience with XML and XSLT
  • Experience with OAI-PMH
  • Knowledge of emerging trends and practices related to linked data, semantic web applications and RDF
  • Familiarity with version control system such as GIT
  • Experience with Fedora Commons, Islandora, and/or ArchivesSpace
  • Project management experience
  • Training experience

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.

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Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan or ORP (VOYA/ING, TIAA/CREF, VALIC) 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.


A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  Send cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume or CV, 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 May 2, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.

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.

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