Metadata Librarian

Boulder, CO
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Created: April 13, 2018


The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries invites applications from collaborative and innovative candidates for the position of Metadata Librarian, a tenure-stream position in the University Libraries’ Metadata Services Department (MSD). The Metadata Librarian serves on the MSD Management Group and coordinates the operations of the Digital Projects Team that contributes both MARC and non-MARC metadata in support of Libraries’ collections. The Metadata Librarian revises descriptive, administrative, and technical metadata, and provides expertise in the development, implementation, and assessment of metadata policies, procedures, and infrastructure to the Libraries while monitoring external developments and changing needs in these areas. The Metadata Librarian develops and implements efficient metadata workflows, engages with stakeholders to identify metadata needs, and develops and provides training. The Metadata Librarian supervises 3 FTE staff, oversees training and performance evaluations, fosters an environment that supports staff professional development, and advocates for resources as needed to position the team for success. The Metadata Librarian may participate in the development of FOLIO, an open-source library services platform; the PCC ISNI pilot project; or other collaborative projects. A significant part of the responsibilities of this position includes research and creative work and service in keeping with the tenure and promotion standards of the University of Colorado Boulder.

Please address each of these qualifications in your application materials:
● Master’s degree from an ALA accredited program in library and information science (MLIS) or equivalent
● Experience working with metadata in an academic library or equivalent organization
● In-depth understanding of a variety of MARC and non-MARC metadata standards and schema (e.g., Dublin Core, MODS, RDA, AACR2, DACS, PREMIS) and controlled vocabularies (e.g., LCSH, AAT, GeoNames)
● Excellent organizational and project management skills
● Excellent communication and analytic skills, including the ability to work well in a team-based environment
● Demonstrated ability to advocate for and cultivate an environment that supports diversity, respect, and inclusion
● Potential for research, scholarly work, and professional service

Desirable Qualifications:
Evidence of any of the following will enhance a candidacy:
● Understanding of linked data principles, including RDF and ontologies
● Familiarity with OAI-PMH protocol for metadata harvesting
● Leadership or supervisory experience
● Demonstrated experience with authority data (e.g., LC authorities, Getty vocabularies, ORCID, ISNI, etc.)
● Demonstrated skills with scripting languages and/or tools for data manipulation (e.g., OpenRefine, Python, XSLT, etc.)
● Experience creating, editing, enhancing, transforming, or migrating legacy metadata
● Experience with formulating metadata policies and procedures
● Evidence of achievement in research, scholarly work, and professional service

Appointment and Salary:
The successful candidate will be appointed as a full-time (12 month), tenure-stream faculty member. Appointment rank will depend on professional experience. The minimum starting salary is $51,000. Benefits include 22 working days of vacation, ten paid holidays, liberal sick leave, university group health care plans, group life insurance, TIAA-CREF administered retirement/annuity, and support for scholarly/professional activities. Tenured librarians are eligible for sabbatical leave.

Application Process:
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is recommended that applications be submitted by May 9, 2018, in order to receive full consideration. Application must be made online at CU Careers (posting 13222) and must include a letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position; CV or resume; and names with postal addresses, email, and telephone numbers of three references. Questions may be directed to Dylan Wiersma, Search Coordinator, at Dylan.Wiersma@Colorado.EDU. The full position description can be viewed at

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The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building and retaining a diverse workforce to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of developing and learning. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

About the University and Libraries:
As the flagship University of a multi-campus system in the State of Colorado, CU Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies.

CU-Boulder has blossomed in size and quality since we opened our doors in 1877—attracting superb faculty, staff, and students and building strong programs in the sciences, engineering, business, law, arts, humanities, education, music, and many other disciplines.

Today, with our sights set on becoming the standard for the great comprehensive public research universities of the new century, we strive to serve the people of Colorado and to engage with the world through excellence in our teaching, research, creative work, and service. The University Libraries faculty and staff are diverse, talented, and passionate people who share this vision and mission. Librarians participate at all levels of the campus and hold full faculty status and rank. The Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, holds the largest collection in the Rocky Mountain region with over 12 million books, periodicals, government publications, audiovisual materials, microforms, maps, manuscripts, papers and computer-based resources. The Libraries faculty and staff collaborate internally, with colleagues beyond the campus, and with our clients to advance information literacy, intellectual freedom, lifelong learning, the disciplinary growth of information, and the amplification of knowledge.

About Boulder, Colorado:
Boulder is known as one of the best places to live because of its spectacular setting, acres of open space, and vibrant atmosphere. At 5,430 feet above sea level, acres of vast open space entwine into Boulder's cityscape nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Home to approximately 90,000 residents, Boulder has a mild, dry climate with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Boulder offers activities for every interest. Over 80 miles of pedestrian and bike paths, as well as a convenient bus system, provide transportation around town and to the Denver metropolitan area. Photographers, music lovers, rock climbers, Olympians, artists, and others are drawn to this great city because of its scenic beauty, vibrant culture, and fabulous amenities. Boulder is just three hours from 11 ski resorts, 40 minutes from Denver, and moments from 43,000 acres of open space and trails.

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Katie Fletcher
Library Technician II – University of Colorado Boulder


Published: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 16:44 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 16:44 UTC