Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

Burlington, VT
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Created: July 11, 2023


The University of Vermont Libraries seeks an experienced and creative cataloger, well-versed in the rapid evolution of cataloging practices, to provide original and complex cataloging and to lead the cataloging team in the UVM Libraries. Working collaboratively with colleagues throughout the Libraries, this full-time faculty member leads in establishing cataloging practices and priorities; oversees the creation, modification, and selection of records and metadata for print and digital materials; and ensures prompt access to newly acquired resources. We seek candidates who are positive, motivated, familiar with best practices, and eager to innovate.

The Cataloging and Metadata Librarian oversees cataloging and metadata operations for all collections, including general, medical/health sciences, media, digital, and materials in Special Collections. The librarian will supervise, train, motivate, and ensure continuing education for cataloging staff; collaborate with colleagues across the libraries; share knowledge of national and local standards; implement quality assurance processes; and work closely with Silver Special Collections staff to plan and provide metadata for digitization projects.   

Candidates should be committed to UVM’s “Our Common Ground” principles: respect, integrity, innovation, openness, justice, and responsibility. We seek candidates who will contribute to the Libraries’ evolving Inclusive Excellence Plan, a plan that embraces fundamental principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and intellectual freedom. The Libraries have committed themselves to building collections that serve an increasingly diverse curriculum, to affirming all persons and supporting all intellectually rigorous thought and traditions, to building the most diverse recruitment pools possible, to creating mentorship opportunities for colleagues, and to making our services and spaces accessible and welcoming to all.


•    Oversees cataloging operations across the UVM Libraries. Facilitates intra- and inter-departmental teamwork.
•    Establishes policies and priorities for cataloging and metadata creation.
•    Performs original and complex copy cataloging for all formats, including print, non-print, and digital; ensures compliance with cataloging and classification practices, standards, and schema.
•    Develops appropriate standards, procedures, and quality-assurance workflows.
•    Works with colleagues in the Boston Library Consortium to implement an Alma Network Zone and then to establish and manage consortial cataloging policies and practices appropriate for this new environment.
•    Trains, mentors, motivates, and ensures continuing education for all who contribute to cataloging and metadata.
•    Supervises three staff catalogers.
•    Works with the Silver Special Collections Library, including the Center for Digital Initiatives, to plan projects and identify cataloging and metadata needs around the same.
•    Engages in committees, working groups, teams, projects, or other service activities that further the Libraries', the University's, and the profession's missions.
•    Establishes and cultivates a personal agenda of scholarship or creative activities.


•    A master's degree (M.L.S., M.S., or M.A. in Library or Information Science or other variation) from a program accredited by the American Library Association or the equivalent professional credential in librarianship -or- a master’s degree or PhD in another field plus completion of a formal program providing training as a librarian (e.g., fellowship, graduate certificate), combined with at least one year of experience in a professional role as an academic librarian.
•    Two years of post-credentialed professional cataloging/metadata experience.
•    Broad knowledge of cataloging and metadata workflows and services.
•    Knowledge of cataloging and classification practices, standards, and schema such as MARC, RDA, AACR2, LCSH, MeSH, OCLC, NLM, LCC, DCRM, DACS, Dublin Core, and MODS; and Program for Cooperative Cataloging (CONSER, NACO, SACO) standards.
•    Demonstration of ability, interest, and willingness to engage in scholarship and creative activities.
•    Commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity and accessibility; awareness and understanding of diverse cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, gender, ability, and other differences.
•    Appreciation and support for diverse thought, intellectual traditions, and principles of intellectual freedom.
•    Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
•    Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
•    Experience with leading, supervising, and training.


•    Familiarity with serials and e-resource management.
•    Familiarity with cross-walking, normalizing, and transforming XML metadata.
•    Knowledge of one or more foreign languages.
•    Familiarity with Voyager and/or Alma.
•    Familiarity and experience with rare book cataloging and/or archival description.


Librarians at the University of Vermont hold faculty appointments without tenure. As such, librarians are expected to perform in three areas: Educational Mission (Librarianship), Scholarly and Creative Activity, and Service. Decisions about rank at time of initial hire will be based upon each candidate’s previous experience will be based upon performance in all three areas and will be at one of the following three ranks: 

Library Assistant Professor (Minimum salary: $62,334): Appointment at this rank or higher requires a Master's degree (M.L.S., M.S., or M.A. in Library or Information Science, or other variation) from a program accredited by the American Library Association and the potential to develop and to meet substantially the UVM Libraries Standards for Reappointment and Promotion.  

Library Associate Professor (Minimum salary: $74,801): Appointment at this rank typically requires 6 or more years of professional (post-MLS) experience and a consistent record of accomplishment in librarianship, scholarly and creative activity, and professional service.

Library Professor (Minimum salary: $95,839): Appointment to Library Professor requires demonstration of high degree of professional accomplishment, with strong performance in librarianship, scholarship activities, and service over a significant period of time.

Generous benefits package includes: TIAA/CREF (or alternative plan), managed health care plan, professional development funds, and 22 days of annual leave. Faculty librarians are represented by UVM United Academics.


For further details about this position and to apply online, please visit our website at: and refer to posing number F2716PO. In addition to the online application, candidates are required to submit the following four documents: cover letter, curriculum vitae, diversity statement, and a list of three references.

The search will remain open until the position is filled. For best consideration, complete applications should be received no later than August 4, 2023.


The University of Vermont (UVM), established in 1791, is a top public research university. Often referred to as a Public Ivy, UVM is the largest institution of higher education in the state, with over 12,600 degree students enrolled in nine schools and colleges, including a medical school. UVM is known as a small, premier research institution, combining the faculty-student relationships found at small liberal arts colleges with the resources of a major research institution. UVM Libraries, comprised of Howe Library, Dana Health Sciences Library, and Silver Special Collections Library, deliver distinctive and outstanding service to the campus community, the State of Vermont, and the University of Vermont Medical Center through excellence in instruction, innovation in research and scholarship, and dedication to public service. UVM Libraries use Primo as its discovery search interface, ScholarWorks @ UVM as the institutional repository and offer unique digital collections via the Center for Digital Initiatives.
UVM is located in Burlington, Vermont, which has consistently been named a top city to live in. Uniquely situated near both Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, the surrounding area offers easy access to a variety of outdoor activities year-round. Burlington enjoys excellent school systems, a dynamic and stimulating cultural scene, and a vibrant and diverse social life. It is also within a short distance of several major metropolitan areas, including Montreal, Boston, and New York City.
The University of Vermont 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, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.


Published: Monday, July 17, 2023 23:23 UTC

Last updated: Monday, July 17, 2023 23:23 UTC