Title:                 Metadata Librarian
Category:         Faculty, Librarian (Open Rank)
Department:    Cataloging & Metadata Services, Collection Strategies and Services Division
Benefits:          22 Days Annual Leave, 15 Days of Sick Leave, 3 Days Personal Leave, 15 Paid Holidays, Tuition Remission, Health, Dental, Vision, and Prescription

As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty of the flagship College Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Its role as a key academic resource is evident in its service to the academic community and its actionable strategic plan. Recent membership in the Big Ten Academic Alliance is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.

The Metadata Librarian supports the discovery of and access to the Libraries’ resources, both tangible and intangible, through the creation, extraction, transformation, review, and management of metadata. Implements and supports metadata strategies associated with digital initiatives and projects, evaluating workflows and processes, with the goal of improving existing operations through the application of creative strategies and solutions for resource description. Recommends metadata schemas and develops workflows for metadata creation for collections to be digitized. Designs and provides documentation, training, and consultation on creation and application of metadata in the Libraries. Promotes and fosters partnerships with library colleagues involved in digital projects, special collections, continuing resources, and public services.



Master’s degree in library science from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association or equivalent professional degree with relevant library experience.


Minimum of two years of experience related to metadata in an academic, special or research library, or institution with a substantial digital collection. Demonstrated experience with MARC or non-MARC metadata in a library environment. Demonstrated experience with XML-based standards. Experience with software and tools for batch creation and manipulation of metadata such as Excel, OpenRefine, or oXygen. Knowledge of cataloging standards, such as RDA/AACR2 and related policy statements, DACS, DCRM, LC classification, LCSH and related thesauri, and the IFLA Library Reference Model. Working knowledge of cataloging utilities, such as OCLC Connexion, integrated library systems, or digital repository systems/software. Knowledge of Semantic Web, RDF, and linked data. Understanding of technical services operations, and emerging cataloging issues and trends in digital resource management.

Ability to manage a broad variety of tasks in response to varying time pressures with shifting priorities and changing constraints. Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a congenial team environment and to interact effectively with a broad variety of personnel both within and outside of the department. Ability to communicate clearly, knowledgably and personably, orally and in writing, with all persons potentially affected by the scope of the work. Evidence of strong customer service orientation. Ability to meet standards for achieving permanent status.

For the full position description and faculty requirements, please go tohttp://www.lib.umd.edu/hr/employment-opportunities/staff-faculty-positions.

Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. Applicant must meet the Libraries' requirements for promotion, which includes a commitment to professional development, service, and self-directed research, scholarship, and/or creative activities. For additional information, consult the following website: http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/2014-ii-100b.html.


APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/81011.  No relocation assistance will be provided.  You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment.  An application consists of a cover letter, which includes the source of advertisement, a curriculum vitae, and names/e-mail addresses of three references.


Applications will be reviewed as they are received.  For best consideration, please apply by 03/04/2021.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

The University of Maryland Libraries are committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We support university and library efforts to create a more just campus environment, understanding the unique, interdisciplinary focus of libraries and archives as collectors and curators of the historical, literary, artistic, and scientific record. We provide collections, services, and programs that reflect the diversity of our community, heighten cultural awareness, and incorporate the histories, experiences, and expressions of those who have been historically marginalized and/or underrepresented. We work to ensure equitable access to our facilities, resources, and services.


Kathy Glennan
Head, Cataloging & Metadata Services
University of Maryland Libraries