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Metadata Consultant for the Humanities

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Oct 5, 2023

Job Description

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech seeks a full-time Metadata Consultant for the Humanities to serve as a library metadata expert for publishing and digital humanities work. This position will have a dual reporting line to the Coordinator of Metadata Technologies within the Metadata Services Unit (70% time), and to the Interim Director of Publishing Services (30% time). The Metadata Consultant for the Humanities will apply the latest in metadata best practices and emerging standards to University Libraries’ metadata, and will consult on digital humanities. Essential to the position is flexibility with changing technology standards, clear communication, and a desire to work closely with library colleagues as well as faculty and students from across the Virginia Tech community.

Required Qualifications

-Master’s in Library and Information Science or related discipline
-Demonstrated experience with digital humanities tools, such as Omeka or Scalar
-Experience working with metadata in a digital library environment
-Prior professional experience working in an academic research library
-Familiarity with the workflows and practices associated with library linked data
-Excellent time management and demonstrated experience to successfully handle multiple priorities and meet established deadlines
-Effective communication skills
-Demonstrated experience with emerging metadata and linked data practices which may include linked data creation and/or editing in Wikidata
-Experience working effectively within a collaborative team environment

Preferred Qualifications

-Demonstrated skills with tools for data manipulation, such as Open Refine, XSLT, or
scripting languages such as Python or Ruby
-Demonstrated experience with digital humanities projects and working with humanities faculty
-Experience with grant writing

Appointment Type

A/P faculty Lecturer, regular, full-time appointment

Salary Information

$56,000 minimum dependent on qualifications and experience

Review Date


Additional Information
  • This position is located in Blacksburg, Virginia and is eligible for a possible hybrid work arrangement. The work arrangement will be confirmed upon hire.
  • The application package needs to include a resume, cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience with the responsibilities associated with the position, and the required and preferred qualifications, and names of three (3) references and their contact information.
  • The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.
The University Libraries at Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse community and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities. We are committed to mentoring and establishing safe spaces, both physical and virtual, where employees from current and historically minoritized groups can thrive.

The members of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech strive individually and collectively to create, sustain, and share inclusive ways of knowing in conscientious community with each other and all the people we serve in every space we shape. In keeping with our Aspirational Identity and the Virginia Tech Principles of Community , the University Libraries commits to build and maintain enduring climates of mutual care, respect, and responsibility.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Rebecca Osborne at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: October 5, 2023
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