Metadata Librarian (2)

Tuscaloosa, AL
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Created: May 1, 2017


RESPONSIBILITIES: The University of Alabama Libraries is seeking two dynamic, highly motivated individuals for the position of Metadata Librarian. Reporting to the Coordinator for Metadata in the Resource Acquisition & Discovery department and working collaboratively in a metadata team with 5 librarians, and appropriate units in the Libraries, this position supports the discovery of and access to the Libraries resources through metadata creation, analysis and enrichment. This position will play a role in improving discovery for patrons. Specific duties include, but are not limited to: creating original metadata and complex metadata revision for the Libraries' digital collections, creating original metadata and complex metadata for special collections materials, performing original and copy cataloging of continuing resources and non-book materials such as sound recordings, and performing authority work, evaluating the effectiveness of catalog data and metadata for resource discovery, participating as a consultant to digital humanities projects with the Alabama Digital Humanities Center, and keeping abreast of current issues and trends in cataloging and metadata. Candidate must also possess the ability to deal with change, ambiguity, and complex problems in an academic setting. Responsibilities of the position evolve as the library environment continues to change.


* MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent.

* Knowledge of foundational cataloging and metadata principles and application of cataloging and metadata standards such as AACR2, AAT, BIBFRAME, FRBR, RDA, RDF, LCSH, MARC21, MODS, Dublin Core, TGN.

* Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with diverse constituencies; comfortable with ambiguity; and effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

* Demonstrated comfort with evolving technology landscape, metadata and cataloging practices.

For tenure track faculty:

* Ability to meet the requirements for tenure and promotion

* Commitment to conduct research and scholarship consistent with a tenure track faculty appointment; commitment to engage in continuing professional development.


* 1-2 years' experience in cataloging or metadata production work; experience using OCLC, integrated library systems (Voyager preferred) and/or digital content management system(s) (DSpace preferred).

* Strong and diverse metadata background.

* Organizational and project management skills.

* Experience in analyzing and manipulating XML and other data standards.

* Experience in batch loading of MARC records; knowledge of Serials Solutions Client Center.
ENVIRONMENT: The University of Alabama, The Capstone University, is the State of Alabama's flagship public university and the senior comprehensive doctoral level institution in Alabama. UA enrolls over 37,000 students, is ranked in the top 50 public universities in the United States. UA has graduated 15 Rhodes Scholars, 15 Truman Scholars, holds the designation as a Top Fulbright Producing Institution having had 163 Fulbright Scholars, is one of the leading institutions for National Merit Scholars (150 in 2015), and has 7 Pulitzer Prize winners among its ranks. Under the new leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA has launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and expansion of graduate education. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, with over 95,000 residents in a metropolitan area of over 235,000, with a vibrant economy, a moderate climate, and a reputation across the South as an innovative, progressive community with an excellent quality of life. Tuscaloosa provides easy access to mountains, several large cities, and the beautiful Gulf Coast.
The University Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Digital Library Federation, centerNet, LYRASIS, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, the Digital Preservation Network, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. As a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository, the UA Libraries serves Alabama libraries and the public. The University Libraries homepage may be accessed at
Prior to employment the successful candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation.
SALARY/BENEFITS: 12 month tenure track OR non-tenure track, renewable faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor rank, depending on qualifications. Salary is $50,000-$60,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience. Strong benefits including professional development support and tuition fee waiver.
TO APPLY: Applications are accepted online only at Click Search Positions. University Libraries in Organization drop down box. Please include your application, Curriculum Vitae, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e- mail addresses of three references, including one current supervisor.
Position open until filled. Applications received by May 15, 2017 are assured of receiving full consideration.
The University of Alabama is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including women, members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply.

How to apply


Mary S. Alexander
Coordinator for Metadata, Resource Acquisition & Discovery
The University of Alabama
Gorgas 400A
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Office 205-348-2806 | Fax 205-348-6358
[The University of Alabama]


Published: Thursday, May 11, 2017 14:10 UTC

Last updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017 14:10 UTC