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Metadata Librarian

University of Alabama Libraries
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
$52,000 - $60,000
Posted Date
Nov 10, 2022

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Metadata Librarian

RESPONSIBILITIES: The University of Alabama Libraries is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated individual for the position of Metadata Librarian. Reporting to the Coordinator of Metadata in the Resource Acquisition & Discovery department and working collaboratively in a team of metadata librarians, and appropriate units in the Libraries, this position supports the discovery of and access to the University Libraries resources through providing cataloging records, adhering to current cataloging standards, and analyzing and enriching the catalog. This position will play a role in improving discovery for patrons and will focus on More Product Less Processing workflows. Specific duties include but are not limited to: original and complex cataloging of monographs, non-book materials such as sound recordings, kits, videos, Government Documents, etc. as needed; bulk record editing and importing of records for continuing resources; performing authority work; evaluating catalog data for resource discovery; keeping current with issues and trends in cataloging; and managing metadata for Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), submissions to the Institutional Repository (IR), archival materials, and other library resources and records. The candidate must also possess the ability to deal with change and ambiguity in an academic setting. Responsibilities of the position will evolve as the library environment continues to change. The University of Alabama Libraries is engaged as a beta partner on the FOLIO project. The Metadata Librarian will work as part of the FOLIO project management cycle as modules are developed and tested. University Libraries currently is a Voyager site and uses EBSCO Discovery Services as its discovery layer.

o Master’s in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program.
o Experience creating cataloging records in MARC format.
o Knowledge of relevant foundational metadata and technologies including but not limited to: RDA, LCC, LCSH, MARC21, etc.
o Experience using OCLC Connexion.
o Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with diverse constituencies.
o Comfortable with ambiguity.
o Excellent verbal and written communication, including associated skills such as listening and adapting.
o Ability to solve problems independently or collaboratively, using sound judgment in decision-making.
o Familiar with professional standards, best practices, and emerging technologies in metadata and libraries.
o Willingness to explore new technologies and to find ways to incorporate them in order to enhance services and complete tasks more efficiently.
o Ability to adapt quickly to new standards and technologies.
o Job duties continue to change with the evolving research library environment.

o 1-2 years’ professional experience with cataloging or metadata creation in an academic library.
o Experience using integrated library systems (Voyager preferred).
o Knowledge of data manipulation using MarcEdit, EXCEL, or OpenRefine.
o Knowledge of batch editing and loading MARC records.
o Experience performing authority control.
o Working knowledge of one or more non-English languages.  
o Knowledge of linked data models and emerging tools such as LRM, RDF, RDFa, BIBFRAME, etc.
o Knowledge of non-MARC metadata schemas including but not limited to Dublin Core and MODS.
o Knowledge of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS).

ENVIRONMENT:  The University of Alabama, The Capstone University, is the State of Alabama’s flagship public university, and the senior comprehensive doctoral level institution in Alabama. UA enrolls over 38,320 students, with record breaking freshman classes for each of the past three years. UA has also increased graduate student enrollment by seven percent for Fall 2021. Ranked among the top 70 public universities in the nation by U.S. World and News Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade, UA ranked 67th among public universities in 2020 rankings. UA made the Forbes list of America’s Best Employers for New Graduates in 2021. University of Alabama students continue to win prestigious national awards. Fifty-nine UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars. The University of Alabama has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 32 Hollins Scholars, and 11 Boren Scholars. The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide for enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 900 currently enrolled, the highest number in UA’s history. Under the leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA has launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and expansion of graduate education. There are currently 36 faculty who have received NSF Career awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition of top performing young scientists. UA was also recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for the fifth time in six years in 2021-2022. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of over 250,000, with a vibrant economy, a moderate climate, and reputation across the South as an innovative, progressive community with an excellent quality of life. Tuscaloosa provides easy access to mountains, several lager cities, and the beautiful Gulf Coast. The University Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition of Networked Information, centerNET, LYRASIS, HathiTrust, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, LOCKSS, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. As a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository since 1860, the UA Libraries serves Alabama libraries and the public. The University Libraries homepage may be accessed at  Prior to employment the successful candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation.

SALARY/BENEFITS: 12 month clinical faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor rank, depending on qualifications and experience. Salary range is $52,000.00 - $60,000.00, commensurate with qualifications, experience, and advanced degrees. Strong benefits, including professional development support, tuition fee waiver, and matching retirement contributions.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted online only at Click Search Positions. University Libraries in Organization drop down box. Please include your application, Curriculum Vitae, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e- mail addresses of three references, including one current supervisor.

Position open until filled. Applications received by December 10, 2022 are assured of receiving full consideration.

The University of Alabama is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including women, members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply. For questions regarding the search, contact Michael Arthur, Senior Associate Dean, at



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