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Linked Data Librarian

Northwestern University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 31, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration
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Linked Data Librarian

WORK GROUP:                    Metadata Services
REPORTS TO:                       Head, Metadata Services

The Linked Data Librarian will play a key role leading Northwestern University Libraries toward the implementation of linked data. Joining a collaborative team of metadata experts, this position will contribute to setting linked data priorities and will develop projects and solutions that bridge existing and legacy metadata to libraries’ linked data future. The Linked Data Librarian will support the scholars of the Libraries through metadata creation, enrichment, and maintenance and perform original cataloging and metadata creation for library resources in a variety of formats, languages, and subjects.


  • Analyzes opportunities and challenges and makes recommendations on the metadata requirements for the effective implementation of linked data and the effective access and long-term management of Explores, designs and carries out solutions for the creation, harvesting, and repurposing of metadata, particularly as it relates to the implementation of linked data.
  • Develops and analyzes internal reports in order to implement catalog and metadata remediation and enrichment projects based on changes in metadata standards and preparations for linked data and other emerging technologies.
  • In collaboration with others, develops and carries out training for library staff on linked data and emerging metadata trends and standards.
  • Maintains knowledge of current and emerging issues concerning linked data, BIBFRAME, and semantic web developments and the implications and opportunities available as they relate to metadata practice and the libraries’ discovery platform. Identifies opportunities for linked data projects and collaborations
  • Ensures metadata quality, interoperability, and re-use among and beyond various repositories and discovery Develops crosswalk mappings to and from MARC, MODS, EAD, VRA Core, Dublin Core, and other schemas for general use and for content-specific situations.
  • Performs primarily original and some complex copy cataloging using Alma, OCLC, RDA, LCSH, LCC, and other tools as Works with both MARC and non-MARC metadata in all formats, languages, and subjects as needed to support the Northwestern University Libraries’ collections.
  • Participates in national cooperative cataloging initiatives, including NACO, BIBCO, SACO, and OCLC Enhance.
  • Creates and maintains documentation for areas of
  • Monitors linked data activities of consortial, community, and vendor partners; represents Northwestern University Libraries in consortial projects as appropriate. Communicates and collaborates with library stakeholders on linked data projects and developments.
  • Prioritizes inclusivity and equity within metadata practice and when considering implementing new metadata principles and technologies.
  • Participates in appropriate professional development, continuing education, national-level professional service, or research activities.
  • Performs related duties as
  • Enthusiasm for learning organization principles and readiness to embrace Northwestern University Libraries Organizational Vision and Values.


  • Master’s degree in librarianship, or related field
  • Two years of experience creating bibliographic and authority metadata
  • Knowledge of library metadata and linked data concepts and developments, including BIBFRAME and RDF
  • Experience working with data formats such as CSV, JSON, and XML and data transformation techniques and tools such as XSLT, Open Refine, and SPARQL
  • Experience with metadata format and content standards, including RDA and MARC21
  • Experience with non-MARC metadata schemas
  • Interest in professional engagement and contribution, such as research, publication, and involvement in pertinent professional and scholarly organizations


  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-based environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates initiative, takes ownership of work, completes what is needed without being asked, and follows through on projects
  • Has strong attention to detail and demonstrates highly effective problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Aptitude for using technology to improve processes that support data quality and long-term data management
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Alma and OCLC
  • NACO certification completed, or in process
  • Project management experience
  • Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language and the ability to work with data in non-English languages

To apply:
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references. Please apply for this position on the NUHR Recruitment Website ( In your application, feel free to note which pronouns you use ( This position is in a bargaining unit represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 73. Please note: The minimum starting salary for this position is $65,000 annually. Offers will be based on candidate experience and education, as well as equity within Northwestern University. First consideration will be given to applicants who apply on or before June 24, 2022.

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Library Environment: Northwestern University is a highly selective private university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois and in Doha, Qatar. One of the leading private research libraries in the United States, Northwestern University Library serves the educational and information needs of the NU community as well as scholars around the world. Its collection contains more than 7 million volumes, a full array of digital resources, and collections of distinction in Africana, transportation, and 20th-century and contemporary music. Northwestern is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA). See more information about University Libraries at: 

Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website. 

The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. EEO is the Law.

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