Collection Metadata Integrity & Management Librarian

Notre Dame, Indiana
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Created: February 9, 2022


Join the Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame as our NEW faculty Collection Metadata Integrity & Management Librarian

Who We’re Looking For

  • A metadata librarian with a successful track record as an individual contributor, and also as a team collaborator, to gather, wrangle, enrich, and remediate metadata with and for stakeholders across the program.
  • A knowledgeable metadata practitioner who respects the value of strong local practice and adherence to national standards, and is dedicated to harnessing the power of tools inside and outside of the Integrated Library System to help improve the integrity of collection metadata through remediation.  
  • A problem solver who is able to access and gather metadata, and then use additional technical skills to enrich and enhance metadata (for description and access) across disparate library collections.
  • A colleague who is interested in contributing to a collaborative, cross-unit programmatic work culture.

What You’ll Be Working On as a Unit Team Member

  • Providing colleagues and other stakeholders timely and accurate metadata payloads or projects, like batch-loading records, performing global changes on system metadata records, and working with curated metadata, like the A-Z database lists in the library CMS and LibGuides.
  • Gathering, prioritizing, and manipulating existing Collection metadata (for description and access) to help ensure readiness for migration to a future system.
  • Building out our list of shared print partners by supporting the data reporting needs of each initiative with a cross-unit team and external stakeholders.

Qualifications That We Require

  • MLS degree from an ALA-accredited program or non-U.S. equivalent, or equivalent terminal degree required. Degree must be completed prior to the candidate's starting date of employment.
  • Articulated evidence of significant experience with data wrangling and manipulation of library collection metadata (for description and access).
  • Clear evidence of experience reflecting direct knowledge and work experience creating metadata, e.g., original (MARC) cataloging and/or other (XML-based) metadata work.

Ways to Catch our Eye

  • Tell us what you know about using tools like OpenRefine, Excel, and various text editors, especially using them in a library environment, and how you used them to improve collection metadata in some significant way.
  • Highlight your knowledge of tools like MarcEdit and Oxygen and any experience you’ve had with coding or scripting to gather metadata.
  • Also, your experience with standards, e.g., RDA, MARC21 formats, AACR2r, LCSH, LCC, DC, EAD, VRA core, etc. and how you stay abreast of changes in the field.
  • Share the applications or systems you have used or prefer to use for metadata work, even if they are different from what we currently use. 
    • In our environment, we currently use: 
      • OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Subscription services, e.g., Connexion, Collection Manager, Record Manager
      • Ex Libris products, e.g., Aleph, SFX/CDI, MARCit!, and Primo
      • CORAL (for ERM)
      • data manipulation tools, e.g. MarcEdit, Oxygen, PCPad, Genie, etc.
      • work support/communication applications, e.g., GitHub, Jira, Google Suite, Slack etc.
  • Highlight your work with any national standards, metadata programs, organizations, or initiatives, e.g., PCC, NACO, BIBCO, CONSER or SACO, Wikidata, anything to do with NISO or NASIG, etc.

Other Things We Offer You

  • Competitive base salary, commensurate with experience, and generous vacation time (20 days)
  • Library faculty status (non-tenure track, rank and promotion) with professional development support
  • An inclusive environment and an organization that takes professional culture seriously with support from a Culture Team
  • Low cost of living and wide variety of affordable housing options in the South Bend, Indiana area
  • Newly renovated offices and work spaces
  • Tuition scholarship-based early childhood education, including preschool through kindergarten, and academic and sports summer camp programs for children
  • Campus Wellness Center for you and your dependents including primary care, pharmacy, physical therapy, lab services and more
  • Music, drama and art at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the Snite Museum
  • Easy access to Chicago and the beaches of Lake Michigan

Additional information about Hesburgh Libraries can be found on the Libraries’ website

For additional information about working at the University of Notre Dame and various benefits available to employees, please visit  The University of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career Assistance Program ( in place to assist relocating spouses and significant others with their job search.

Salary and Benefits:

Appointment salary and rank are competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications.  The Collection Metadata Integrity and Management Librarian is a non-tenure track member of the Library Faculty. The University offers an excellent benefits and annual vacation package.

Review of applications will begin immediately and the application deadline is March 14, 2022.

Current Interview Process

  • Interviews will be conducted in person, on campus, as university requirements permit.
  • Finalists will make a 30-40 minute presentation to library faculty and staff (leaving 15-20 minutes for Q&A) on the following topic: 

Please share the details of on or more of your most significant projects demonstrating your experience with data wrangling and management of library collection metadata.  What was contingent upon the successful outcome(s), and how did it (they) directly benefit the library and its targeted users?

NOTE:  An invitation to your presentation will be sent to all library staff and faculty.  Audience size upwards of 50-75 individuals is possible.  We want your presentation to resonate with the audience, so please be aware that those in attendance may include both technical services peers who work with collection metadata on a regular basis as well as colleagues from other library areas less directly familiar with technical services and metadata work.

Organizational Placement of the Unit (organizational chart)

  • The Electronic Resources and Collection Metadata Management Unit reports to the Metadata Services Program, which has two additional units:  the Cataloging and Collection Processing Unit and the Metadata Initiatives Unit.  The program has 18 members total.
    • Metadata Services Program is part of the Academic Services & Collections Division (ASC), along with the programs of Specialized Collection Services, Collection Strategy & Acquisitions, and Teaching, Research and User Services.  
      • The Academic Services & Collections (ASC) Division is one of two library divisions reporting to the Office of the University Librarian.  The second division is the Digital Scholarship, Services and Technology Division (DSST), which includes Library Information Technology, Digital Services, and The Navari Center for Digital Scholarship. 
        • Other services that report to the Office of the University Librarian are the Project Management Office, Strategic Innovation Lab, Administrative & Central Services, and Marketing & Communications.
          • The University Librarian reports to the Provost's Office of the University.


The University of Notre Dame is a highly selective national Catholic teaching and research university in northern Indiana about ninety miles from Chicago. Approximately 8,200 undergraduates and 3,100 graduate students pursue a broad range of studies. For more information about the University of Notre Dame, please visit the University of Notre Dame homepage at  The Hesburgh Libraries ( hold about 3.5 million volumes and provide access to more than 23,000 serials. The Libraries have 141 staff and 57 librarians. The Libraries are a member of the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI), ARL, NERL and other consortia. The University of Notre Dame is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer strongly committed to diversity. We value qualified candidates who can bring a variety of backgrounds to our community.

Further details & application instructions:

This position posting and application instructions can be found on the Interfolio website:

Diversity and Inclusion:

The Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented identities to apply.

Hesburgh Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, which unites academic libraries who are committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and others that will enhance our community. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).


Published: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 22:17 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 22:17 UTC