Metadata Librarian @ University of Colorado Boulder Libraries

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries invites applications from collaborative and innovative candidates for the position of Metadata Librarian, a tenure-stream position in the University Libraries’ Metadata Services Department (MSD). The Metadata Librarian serves on the MSD Management Group and coordinates the operations of the Digital Projects Team that contributes both MARC and non-MARC metadata in support of Libraries’ collections. The Metadata Librarian revises descriptive, administrative, and technical metadata, and provides expertise in the development, implementation, and assessment of metadata policies, procedures, and infrastructure to the Libraries while monitoring external developments and changing needs in these areas. The Metadata Librarian develops and implements efficient metadata workflows, engages with stakeholders to identify metadata needs, and develops and provides training. The Metadata Librarian supervises 3 FTE staff, oversees training and performance evaluations, fosters an environment that supports staff professional development, and advocates for resources as needed to position the team for success. The Metadata Librarian may participate in the development of FOLIO, an open-source library services platform; the PCC ISNI pilot project; or other collaborative projects. A significant part of the responsibilities of this position includes research and creative work and service in keeping with the tenure and promotion standards of the University of Colorado Boulder.


Please address each of these qualifications in your application materials:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA accredited program in library and information science (MLIS) or equivalent
  • Experience working with metadata in an academic library or equivalent organization
  • In-depth understanding of a variety of MARC and non-MARC metadata standards and schema (e.g., Dublin Core, MODS, RDA, AACR2, DACS, PREMIS) and controlled vocabularies (e.g., LCSH, AAT, GeoNames)
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent communication and analytic skills, including the ability to work well in a team-based environment
  • Demonstrated ability to advocate for and cultivate an environment that supports diversity, respect, and inclusion
  • Potential for research, scholarly work, and professional service

Desirable Qualifications:

Evidence of any of the following will enhance a candidacy:

  • Understanding of linked data principles, including RDF and ontologies
  • Familiarity with OAI-PMH protocol for metadata harvesting
  • Leadership or supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated experience  with authority data (e.g., LC authorities, Getty vocabularies, ORCID, ISNI, etc.)
  • Demonstrated skills with scripting languages and/or tools for data manipulation (e.g., OpenRefine, Python, XSLT, etc.)
  • Experience creating, editing, enhancing, transforming, or migrating legacy metadata
  • Experience with formulating metadata policies and procedures
  • Evidence of achievement in research, scholarly work, and professional service

Appointment and Salary:

The successful candidate will be appointed as a full-time (12 month), tenure-stream faculty member.  Appointment rank will depend on professional experience. The minimum starting salary is $51,000. Benefits include 22 working days of vacation, ten paid holidays, liberal sick leave, university group health care plans, group life insurance, TIAA-CREF administered retirement/annuity, and support for scholarly/professional activities. Tenured librarians are eligible for sabbatical leave.

Application Process:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is recommended that applications be submitted by May 9, 2018, in order to receive full consideration.  Application must be made online at CU Careers (posting 13222) and must include a letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position; CV or resume; and names with postal addresses, email, and telephone numbers of three references. Questions may be directed to Dylan Wiersma, Search Coordinator, at Dylan.Wiersma@Colorado.EDU.  The full position description can be viewed at


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