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University of Texas Libraries: Metadata Librarian

University of Texas Libraries

Position: Metadata Librarian

Deadline: To receive full consideration, complete application materials are due by April 15, 2007.

The Metadata Librarian is responsible for planning and managing metadata production for digital projects of the University of Texas Libraries and the Texas Digital Library.

Responsibilities include providing leadership, expertise and management relating to metadata production for description, access and preservation of digital materials acquired or held by the UT Libraries or in cooperation with the Texas Digital Library. Additionally, this position will collaborate with appropriate personnel and working groups to advise on the application of current and emerging metadata schema to facilitate access to digital collections. The librarian will also investigate and develop applications for improving access to digital collections and facilitate metadata scheme specification and adaptation. Additionally, this position will coordinate the work of staff involved in metadata production including providing training and technical assistance to other department staff. The librarian will also coordinate the formulation & implementation of policies & standards for descriptive, technical and administrative metadata that are used to support the production, management of and access to the Libraries’ digital collections. This position will also serve as a resource person and will participate in the Library’s research and development efforts and prepare necessary documentation and reports.

The librarian will work closely with and report to the Head Librarian for Cataloging & Metadata Services. Working hours are Monday through Friday, 8AM – 5PM. Some holiday and overtime work may be required.

Required Qualifications:: MLS from an ALA accredited graduate program. A minimum of two years’ experience working with metadata in a digital library environment. Demonstrated knowledge of the issues and trends in digital library development and metadata standards. Demonstrated working knowledge of non-MARC metadata schemes, thesauri, tools and formats such as XML, OAI, METS and VRA Core, etc. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated excellent planning, leadership, communication, and project management skills. Awareness of current and emerging issues in Institutional and Open Repository schemes. Experience working in an academic research library. Experience in traditional cataloging standards and practices using MARC, AACR2, LCSH and LC classification. Familiarity with emerging cataloging/metadata schemes. Familiarity with the OAIS reference model. Familiarity with copyright issues, digital rights, preservation and technical metadata. Ability to take an active role in leading and managing metadata initiatives associated with institutional repositories and digital archives. Successful candidate will display evidence of initiative, creativity and resourcefulness and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a collegial environment.

Salary and Benefits: $44,000 - $50,000 annually, depending upon qualifications. No state or local income tax. Standard state benefits package including annual vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement plans, and health insurance (comprehensive major medical, dental, vision, life, and disability). Deferred compensation and tax sheltered annuity programs also available.

Recruiting Schedule: To receive full consideration, complete application materials are due by April 15, 2007. Interested candidates must complete an online Application of Employment at Please refer to job posting number 07-02-22-01-0080 and follow applicant instructions given online which includes submitting the following additional materials: a letter of interest, a full resume, a statement of salary requirements and the names, addresses (including email) and telephone numbers of three professional references. Email these additional materials to Carol Johnson ( An email confirmation will be sent within 1-2 working days to candidates who have submitted both the online application and who have emailed the additional materials as instructed.

The University of Texas Libraries has a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications and nominations from traditionally underrepresented groups. For more information, see the University of Texas Libraries web page (


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