Metadata Services Coordinator

Houston, TX
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Salary: $68,000 to $70,000
Created: September 28, 2021


ResponsibilitiesThe UH Libraries’ Metadata and Digitization Services (MDS) department seeks a Metadata Services Coordinator to provide leadership and expertise in developing creative, collaborative, and sustainable solutions for metadata creation and management for UH Libraries digital collections. Responsibilities also include: providing support and consultation for both UH Libraries and UH campus repository metadata needs, such as the creation and maintenance of descriptive, technical, and preservation metadata; identifying and promoting opportunities for collaborative metadata projects with internal and external constituents; reviewing, developing, and implementing metadata application protocols, policies, and procedures; contributing to research data management and geospatial data initiatives; and tracking trends, innovations, and best practices affecting metadata and digital collections. This position supervises a team of two full-time metadata specialists, part-time metadata staff, and student workers.The Metadata Services Coordinator will have opportunities to work in a team-based environment and collaborate across the libraries to set priorities and ensure alignment with UH Libraries and university goals. The successful candidate will be encouraged and supported to develop skills in the areas of leadership, supervision, project management, and programming languages to support the work of the unit.We welcome candidates whose experience in libraries, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence in equity, diversity, and inclusion.



•Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program

•Experience with descriptive and preservation metadata standards, such as Dublin Core, DACS, MODS, VRA Core, METS, or PREMIS

•Working knowledge of resource description practices and an understanding of controlled vocabularies, taxonomies, and ontologies

•Experience with digital asset management systems, such as Samvera, CONTENTdm, or DSpace

•Experience with the creation and management of digital objects in various text, audio, and visual formatsFamiliarity with linked data, wikidata, and semantic web concepts

•Ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment


•Metadata consultation experience for academic research support

•Knowledge of, or experience with, XML and RDF processing technologies and programming languages

•Knowledge of geospatial metadata standards

•Familiarity with archival finding aids description and practice

•Supervisory, leadership, or project management experience

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applications should be submitted at Please visit the UH Libraries Employment page for more information: The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the university prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


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