Metadata Librarian

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Mar 27, 2023

Metadata Librarian

Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HSHSL)

University of Maryland, Baltimore

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HSHSL) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) seeks a dynamic and collaborative Metadata Librarian to join the HSHSL team.

This library faculty position focuses on metadata development and management to maximize discovery of content, particularly that produced by UMB faculty, staff and students. The position will support the HSHSL's adherence to best practices in metadata methods, ensuring the interoperability and sustainability of metadata in bibliographic systems within the library, specifically metadata contributed to the UMB Data Catalog, UMB Digital Archive, the Library Catalog and other resources. This position works closely with faculty librarians from other departments. The incumbent participates in planning, establishing and achieving the goals of the Metadata Management Department and the Resource Development and Access Division.

The HSHSL is actively committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from people with underrepresented backgrounds and identities. The HSHSL seeks professionals who are invested in creating an inclusive environment by embracing empathy, respect, and self-reflection, and who strive to incorporate those values in their work and interactions.

  • Create original metadata-rich records, mostly in science-related topics, for the UMB Data Catalog, a database of records describing datasets generated by UMB researchers
  • Curate content for the UMB Digital Archive, a repository of academic works and history of the University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Document the assigning of metadata, using metadata maps, local authority records, etc.
  • Implement and sustain metadata strategies associated with resource description and digital initiatives and projects, including but not limited to quality control, preservation and access to digitized and born-digital content from the Library’s collections and other University sources
  • Serve as a liaison with internal and external partners on collaborative metadata projects
  • Perform original cataloging and enhancement of catalog records using MARC, RDA, AACR2, LCSH and MeSH
  • Keep current with emerging standards, tools, and developments such as BIBFRAME and Linked Open Data (Semantic Web) to apply to current and future library projects
  • Lead projects and serve as a member of project teams within and outside of the library
  • Participate in the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) library consortium
  • Participate actively as a member of national and local professional associations and engage in scholarly and service activities
Qualifications :

QUALIFICATIONS Position Requirements:
  • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program
  • Experience with metadata development and management in an academic, research, or special collections library
  • Demonstrated knowledge of MARC and non-MARC metadata formats, standards and schemas such as Dublin Core
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging utilities such as OCLC Connexion and integrated library systems
  • Experience with authority control
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to handle, manage and initiate a variety of projects
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to interact effectively with a diverse group of colleagues within the Library and the University and to translate concepts effectively to a variety of user communities including researchers
  • A degree in a science-related field
  • Experience with digital repository platforms such as Dspace
  • Understanding of copyright as it relates to the sharing of digital content
  • Experience working with metadata in a health sciences library

This position reports to the Metadata Management Librarian.

This position can allow for a hybrid telework arrangement.


This is a permanent status-eligible, full-time, non-tenure track faculty position. Librarians are expected to progress successfully along the promotion and permanent status track and participate fully as members of the library’s faculty. For more information, see the University’s “ Criteria and Procedures Relating to the Appointment, Promotion and Permanent Status for Library Faculty ”.


Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Best consideration will be given to completed applications received by May 1, 2023. Interested candidates please apply for this position through Taleo - #

A complete application package must include:

A resume or curriculum vitae;

  1. Three references with the names, professional titles, relationships to applicant, and contact information, including email;
  2. A cover letter that describes applicant’s interest in the position. The cover letter should also include a maximum 100 word statement describing their experience and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and how they would further the Library and UMB’s diversity values; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further the Library and UMB’s commitment to diversity.
  3. On a separate page, a signed/dated affidavit stating, “I verify that my CV is current and accurate” – this does not need to be notarized.

SALARY: $60,000 minimum, commensurate with experience.


Generous benefits include choice of retirement, medical, and dental plans; 22 days of annual leave; 15 days of sick leave; 3 personal days and 14 holidays. Regular employees, as well as their spouses and dependent children, may receive tuition remission for most programs at many campuses of the University System of Maryland.


The University of Maryland, Baltimore campus is located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Raven's Stadium, and the Inner Harbor, a recreational waterfront destination. Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan area are noted for high quality-of-life indicators offering historic parks, great neighborhoods, and world-famous art collections, museums, theaters, and symphony orchestras.

The HSHSL is one of the largest health sciences libraries in the United States with a record of user-centered innovative services and programs. Fifty-six FTE employees including 25 faculty librarians staff the library. Our attractive and vibrant facility, which opened in 1998, serves as a hub for collaboration and learning with resources, programs, and tools that promote discovery, creativity, and innovation. The HSHSL also serves as the headquarters for the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), Region 1 and the NNLM Web Services Office.

The HSHSL serves the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, and the Graduate School. It supports 7,200 students and nearly 7,900 faculty and staff members. UMB is a 71-acre research and technology complex consisting of 67 buildings including the University of Maryland BioPark, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the VA Hospital. Read more about UMB , including its mission, vision, and core values.

UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at .

If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request . You may also contact . Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email.

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