Metadata Analyst

Austin, TX
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Created: February 4, 2022


The University of Texas Libraries seek a collaborative, detail-oriented, and highly motivated individual to lead the Libraries in developing strategies and workflows for metadata management, migration, transformation, and aggregation. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Stewardship, the Metadata Analyst ensures metadata quality, interoperability, and re-use among and beyond UT Libraries' various repositories and discovery systems, including locally-hosted Islandora, Spotlight, and Blacklight instances, vendor-hosted Alma/Primo instance, and regional and national aggregation services. Working in close collaboration with staff in Access, Stewardship, and Libraries IT, the Metadata Analyst establishes best practices and provides training and support for metadata creation and transformation. The Metadata Analyst will also contribute to an existing Mellon-funded grant for the development of a shared discovery portal for the UT Libraries, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, and the Blanton Museum of Art.


  • Develop and implement strategies for creation, transformation, and maintenance for descriptive (non-MARC), administrative, and technical metadata across UT Libraries.
  • Work collaboratively with staff in various units across UT Libraries, including Access, Stewardship, and Libraries IT, to coordinate metadata projects and streamline metadata workflows.
  • Lead collaborative decision-making related to metadata for UT Libraries’ digital assets and work with colleagues across the library to facilitate generation of metadata for items reformatted by Digital Stewardship.
  • Develop, document, and maintain policies, procedures, and interoperability standards to ensure consistent metadata practice across UT Libraries.
  • Develop and implement scripts/commands (Linux, Python, GREL, bash, etc.) to automate metadata generation, transformation, and normalization.
  • Complete metadata analysis, normalizations, and transformations for UT Libraries content, and provide plans and training for content owners to carry out analysis, normalization, and transformation work.
  • Provide ongoing metadata training and education across the UT Libraries, building staff skill sets on metadata issues and workflows.
  • Proactively engage with grant partners to coordinate the development of policies, procedures, and documentation in support of consistent metadata practice among the partners. 
  • Build on grant-related work of analyzing and cross-walking metadata from grant partners for aggregation in a shared discovery portal. 

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Date of First Review: February 18, 2022

The University of Texas at Austin offers a wide variety of employee benefits. Please see our Prospective Employee Benefits webpage for more information.


Published: Friday, February 4, 2022 19:15 UTC

Last updated: Friday, February 4, 2022 19:15 UTC