University of Minnesota Libraries

Special Collections Metadata Librarian

The University of Minnesota Libraries invites applications for a Special collections Metadata Librarian.  With collections of over 8 million volumes, the University of Minnesota Libraries ( is recognized for rich historical and special collections, innovative technologies, and model programs in support of research and learning.  The Libraries’ current plan ( ) positions the organization as a strategic institutional asset and advances collaborative models for creating and supporting knowledge resources for the campus and global communities.

The University of Minnesota Libraries’ rare, special, and archival collections are among the largest in the U.S. with extensive individual and organizational archives. The collections draw extensive campus use and significant visiting researchers from around the globe. Special collections cataloging staff work closely with curators and archivists in the Archives and Special Collections Department.

This position resides within the Data Management & Access Department  (DMA), which has a diverse portfolio of responsibilities. As a department in the Data & Technology Division, DMA provides leadership, consultative services, and practical application of metadata content standards and schema for discovery and access of Libraries’ materials and resources. The department provides operational leadership for the Libraries’ enterprise integrated library system (Alma), technical leadership for our discovery system (Primo), and expertise and direction for Alma analytics, reporting and the systematic collection and analysis of organizational data for the Libraries. Department staff are actively involved in the national initiatives of the Library of Congress Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), including BIBCO, NACO, SACO,  as well as  BIBFRAME, and committee activities in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), and Ex Libris users’ groups (ELUNA and IgeLU).

Among the position's responsibilities are providing intellectual access for materials held in the various units of the Archives and Special Collections Department and in digital repositories, by performing original and complex copy cataloging using descriptive standards such as Resource Description and Access (RDA), Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM), and Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS), and utilizing a variety of encoding standards such as MARC, Dublin Core, MODS and Encoded Archival Description (EAD).

Required qualifications include: an American Library Association accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science (by time of appointment) or foreign equivalent; a minimum of one year original cataloging experience, applying current standards and systems including AACR2, RDA, Library of Congress Classification, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and OCLC Connexion and library management and discovery systems; and experience with principles of authority control, including selecting and applying controlled vocabularies.

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The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.

Christine DeZelar-Tiedman
Manager, Archives and Special Collections Metadata Unit
University of Minnesota Libraries
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