Metadata Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2016-09-30

Employer: The University of Kansas

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[The University of Kansas Libraries seeks a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and innovative individual to enhance resource discovery, access and preservation in the evolving world of diverse library collections and digital scholarship.  The Metadata Librarian provides leadership to the University of Kansas Libraries and the campus community on the creation, management, and analysis of metadata.  The position serves as the Libraries’ primary resource for non-MARC metadata design, structure and standards.

Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Discovery Services, the Metadata Librarian is a member of the Digital Initiatives team.  The Metadata Librarian develops workflows for efficiently incorporating high-quality metadata into repositories, publishing platforms, and other systems.  In close collaboration with colleagues throughout the Libraries, the position defines, coordinates, and completes projects that improve the curation of digital resources.  The Metadata Librarian consults with faculty and campus researchers in support of digital scholarship to enhance research, teaching, and learning at the University of Kansas.]{.TEXT}

[70% Professional Responsibilities]{.TEXT}

  • Provides expertise on metadata production and workflows for description, discovery, access, administration and preservation of digital objects
  • Creates, enhances, and manages metadata that promote interoperability and discovery, including migrating existing data into new structures and formats
  • Collaborates with internal and external partners in the selection, design, and adaptation of metadata schema, controlled vocabularies, and data dictionaries
  • Expands staff awareness of and experience with emerging metadata standards and formats, developing documentation, and providing training.
  • Collaborates with local, national, and international partners on research to advance the effective use of metadata in digital library services.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to advancing diversity efforts and contributes to an inclusive environment.
  • Actively communicate issues implicit in scholarly communication and open access in discussions with colleagues and with the KU community. Attends training and events designed and developed to promote understanding of trends and best practices in scholarly communications. Reflects this understanding in his or her work as a librarian at KU.
  • Actively participate in, and advocates for, the educational role of the Libraries through dynamic engagement in campus teaching and research, campus collaborations, or staff development and training.

20% Research

  • Contributes to the profession’s collective knowledge by engaging in scholarly research activity. Research may involve the publication of articles, books, book reviews, grant-supported inquiry, or editorial work.

10% Service

  • Engages in service to the Libraries, the University and to professional organizations by participating in committee work, projects, and other contributory achievements.


  1. ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent from a foreign institution by date of appointment.
  2. Demonstrated experience working with standard library metadata formats (e.g., Dublin Core, MODS, EAD, RDF, PREMIS, etc.) as evidenced by application materials
  3. Excellent written communication as demonstrated by application materials.



  1. Demonstrated initiative in investigating new ideas and implementing change.
  2. Excellent oral communication skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse constituents.
  3. Experience using a programming language (e.g., Python, Ruby, PHP) to automate tasks and interact with APIs.
  4. Familiarity with XML/XSLT and JSON.
  5. Experience transforming metadata between standard formats.
  6. Familiarity with principles of cataloging, controlled vocabularies, and linked data.
  7. Familiarity with metadata support for data management and digital preservation
  8. Experience with DSpace, Fedora Commons, Islandora, and/or ArchivesSpace.

Archived on: 2016-10-03