Metadata Librarian

Ames, IA
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Created: February 12, 2020


Position Title:

Metadata Librarian

Job Group:

Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree and related experience.

Special Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or international equivalent, or an advanced degree supporting a specialized key program function.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with programming and/or scripting tools such as Python or XSLT.
  • Experience with software and tools for batch creation and manipulation of metadata such as Excel and/or OpenRefine.
  • Experience with Dublin Core, EAD, MODS, RDF, MARC21, RDA, and/or BIBFRAME, and name authorities or identity management.
  • Familiarity with library management software, discovery layers, and repository platforms.

Not all preferred qualifications must necessarily be met to be a successful candidate.

Job Description:

The Iowa State University Library seeks a collaborative and innovative Metadata Librarian (I or II). Our metadata librarians are responsible for implementing, promoting, and managing metadata strategies to support the discovery, access, sharing, management, and preservation of our library collections ecosystem, which includes physical, digitized, and born-digital resources.

Reporting to the Head of Metadata Services, the Metadata Librarian collaborates with librarians and staff in Metadata Services, the Library, and the ISU community in metadata creation, editing, and quality control, implements strategies for streamlining or automated extraction and  transformation of metadata, trains library staff in metadata creation best practices, collects and analyzes data to support collection management, discovery, and access, and provides metadata consultation with Library colleagues and ISU faculty and researchers. The incumbent also will assist in preparing the Library for the linked data environment by working with colleagues and external collaborators to develop, maintain, and publish controlled vocabularies and persistent identifiers. 

A Librarian I will explore, show interest in and have potential for institutional service and external professional activities. A Librarian II will be able to demonstrate, through evidence, increasing skills and leadership potential, and establish area(s) of research interest and/or exhibit leadership in external professional activities.

Important skills for success in this position are: ability to balance big-picture thinking with attention to detail, organization, setting and achieving goals, effective communication, and collaboration. ISU Librarians embrace the Library’s core values, demonstrate collegiality, and have strong commitment to public service and the land grant mission.

ISU students, staff, and faculty strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society. Library staff must embrace an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance to recognizing the richness in individual identities of people, and diverse perspectives.

Benefits information

Appointment Type:


Number of Months Employed Per Year:

12 Month Work Period

Time Type:

Full time

Pay Rate Type:


Pay Grade:

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date:

February 11, 2020

Posting Close Time:

This posting will close at 12:00 AM on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 PM the day prior.

Posting Close Date:

March 25, 2020

Job Requisition Number:


How to apply


If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485. Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485. TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942.

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Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 17:48 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 17:48 UTC