Metadata and Discovery Librarian

Riverside, CA
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Created: July 24, 2019


The University of California, Riverside (UCR) seeks a motivated, proactive, user-oriented Metadata and Discovery librarian. The successful candidate will be dedicated to collaborative, stakeholder focused development and implementation of original and complex metadata creation and integrated library management system optimization.

Reporting to the Metadata and Technical Services (MTS) Department Head in the Content and Discovery Division; the Metadata and Discovery librarian will work collaboratively to develop, manage, and implement metadata and cataloging projects and standards that optimize the user-experience of our discovery systems. 
• In collaboration with appropriate stakeholders including the AUL for Content and Discovery, Metadata and Technical Service Dept. Head, Cyberinfrastructure, and public services departments develops Integrated Library Management System optimization project prioritization aimed at enhancing discoverability (currently via ALMA/PRIMO);
• Collaborates with colleagues in the Metadata and Technical Services department, library Cyberinfrastructure, and other appropriate stakeholders to identify and implement strategic linked data initiatives;
• Participates in establishment of best practices for interoperability, data/authority control, and metadata standards as part of the Descriptive Metadata Working Group ;
• Completes complex original cataloging and authority control for a variety of materials, including monographs, serials, news, and data assets, in accordance with current standards and rules such as RDA, LCSH, SHM, MARC, and NACO authority rules;
• Utilizes relevant standards, rules, and best practices in the creation, analysis, enrichment, normalization, and maintenance of metadata;
• Evaluates and provides recommendations to the AUL for Content and Discovery, the Head of the Metadata and Technical Services, and other stakeholders on emerging metadata standards that may optimize discovery of content in the UCR environment.
• Collaborates with public service departments such as Teaching and Learning, Collection Strategies, and Access Services to enhance the user experience in utilizing the ILMS discovery layer (PRIMO)
• Contributes to metadata quality control, cleanup, editing, enhancement, migration, and mapping, using tools such as MarcEdit, and/or OpenRefine, Catmandu, and use of regular expressions and SQL queries;
• Shares technical knowledge and expertise through provision of in-house training sessions;
• Participates in UC-wide and other national committees, groups, and initiatives including those establishing best practices and/or metadata schemas;
• Participates in general administrative duties, library-wide activities, committees, special projects and library programs; represents the UCR Library on various University of California standing committees and ad-hoc groups;

Minimum Qualifications:
• Master of Library and Information Studies from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent experience or degree in a field related to this position;
• Experience working with integrated library management systems such as ALMA, Sierra, or Millennium and discovery layer systems such as Primo, Summon, Blacklight);
• Knowledge of library content discovery and best practices in improving the discoverability of library resources
• Experience with original and complex copy cataloging standards and practices, such as MARC21, Dublin Core, FRBR, FRAD, and RDA.
• Familiarity with linked data and semantic web standards such as BIBFRAME
• Experience with large-scale metadata management, such as bulk import and export, data remediation and-clean up, and quality control.
• Ability to analyze, implement and adapt to evolving technologies;
• Excellent organizational skills, and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects;
• Effective written and oral communication;
• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including, colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, donors, and alumni.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with XML and linked data technologies (e.g., XSLT, RDF, OWL, SPARQL, BIBFRAME);
• Experience or ability and willingness to learn a programming language;
• Knowledge of user experience design principles;
• Demonstrated project management skills;
• Experience with institutional repository systems such as Fedora, Omeka, DSpace, Dataverse, or other comparable products;
• Experience with metadata quality control, including use of automated routines for metadata maintenance;
• Working knowledge of a language other than English;
• Academic degree in a related field and/or advanced coursework at the post-graduate level;
• UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

UCR librarians are members of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC). Research, publication, and/or service to the University and profession are expected for continuing advancement.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience within a range of: $61,201 - $84,260

Appointment at rank of Assistant Librarian to Librarian - Potential Career depending upon qualifications and experience. Advancement through the librarian ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every two to three years, each of which includes substantial peer review. Excellent retirement system, health, and vacation benefits.

Application: Submit resume, names and contact information of at least three references, and a letter of interest addressing qualifications and experience related to the primary duties of the position through APRecruit ( The search will remain open until the position is filled; for best consideration application should be received by August, 26, 2019.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


How to apply


Manuel Urrizola
Department Head, Metadata and Technical Services
(951) 827-5051 |

Alma Primo Linked Data ILS Discovery Metadata


Published: Friday, July 26, 2019 17:45 UTC

Last updated: Friday, July 26, 2019 17:45 UTC