Metadata Librarian

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Created: September 13, 2013


Position Announcement Metadata Librarian University of Houston Libraries

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Metadata Coordinator within the Department of Metadata and Digitization Services, the successful candidate will provide consulting and support for both UH Libraries and UH campus repository metadata needs, including support for the UH Libraries data management services; assist with creation and maintenance of descriptive, technical, and preservation metadata for UH Digital Library collections; participate in exploring, evaluating and recommending alternative metadata and emerging technologies that can be applied in the Libraries’ broader discovery environment; review, develop and implement metadata application policies and procedures; lead metadata projects, workflow design and training; keep current with trends, innovations and best practices affecting library metadata and digital collections. This incumbent will also work closely with the Digital Services and Special Collections Departments as well as other national partners to develop a holistic metadata approach in support of UH Libraries involvement in HathiTrust Digital Library.

Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians’ Bylaws Document. They are expected to develop a record of service, scholarship, and professional involvement. The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.


Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program. Experience with XML-based standards such as Dublin Core, EAD/EAC, MODS, VRA Core, PB Core, TEI, METS, and PREMIS; experience with CONTENTdm, DSpace or other digital collection management systems; working knowledge of cataloging principles, and an understanding of controlled vocabularies, taxonomies, and ontologies; ability to work effectively, independently, and collaboratively in a collegial environment; excellent oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills.

Preferred: Minimum of two years relevant professional experience; familiarity with HathiTrust system; knowledge or experience of transforming metadata using tools such as XSLT, OAI-PMH protocol or programming/scripting languages; familiarity with archival description and practices; experience with creation and management of digital objects in various text, audio and visual formats; knowledge of the emerging cataloging rules, standards and concepts (RDA and FRBR); knowledge of linked data and semantic web concepts.

Salary: $50,000 – $55,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax. Library Information: The UH Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Hathi Trust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library. The campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million volumes. Total staff includes 69 professionals and approximately 135 support staff. Additional information about the University Libraries is available at:<> .

The UH Libraries’ Strategic Directions document focuses on targeting services to specific user groups, reimagining library spaces, improving outreach, and increasing national recognition. Further information and the complete document are available at The Strategic Directions support an ambitious set of goals adopted by the University and the further the Tier One effort ( We seek to recruit librarians who can relate their work to these strategies and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives.

General Information: The University of Houston campus comprises 13 colleges and schools offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment exceeding 40,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies. Reflecting the multicultural community of metropolitan Houston, UH is one of the most ethnically diverse research university campuses in the nation.

Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers all the cultural and recreational opportunities of a great city and is within easy reach of the Gulf of Mexico. It enjoys a very reasonable cost of living and was selected by Forbes as topping the list of America’s coolest cities ( ).

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Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send letter of application, names of 3 references, and resume to Damon Camille, Training, Assessment, and Statistics Coordinator, University of Houston, 114 University Libraries, Houston, Texas 77204-2000. Applications may also be submitted by email to:<> .


Potential applicants seeking further information should contact John Lehner, Associate Dean for Personnel, Planning, and Systems, at 713-743-9801 or<> .





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