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University of Montana: Metadata Catalog Librarian


Metadata Catalog Librarian
(Tenure Track: Assistant Professor)

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library of The University of Montana is located in Missoula, in the heart of the Northern Rockies and tremendous recreational opportunities. Missoula also serves as the region's cultural center and is home to a growing number of nationally recognized writers and other artists.

The University of Montana has an enrollment of over 13,000 and provides a broad curriculum that strikes a balance between a strong liberal arts education and professional programs. The College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, the College of Technology, and seven accredited professional schools – Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts, Forestry and Conservation, Journalism, Law, and Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences – complete the University on the Missoula campus. Affiliated campuses include the College of Technology of The University of Montana, Helena; Montana Tech of The University of Montana, Butte; and The University of Montana Western, Dillon.

The University of Montana seeks a service-oriented, energetic Metadata Catalog Librarian for a 12-month tenure-track faculty position with rank of assistant professor.


Reporting to and under the general direction of the Head, Bibliographic Management Services Division, this position is responsible for organizing access to networked information resources using traditional and emerging metadata schema and to traditional information resources using the MARC format. The Metadata Catalog Librarian tracks developments in metadata standards as well as recommends appropriate metadata schema (e.g. DC, MARC, XML, EAD, TEI) to facilitate access to electronic resources and other collections; actively participates in the library’s research and development efforts and in discussions relating to access, retrieval and management of objects in digital library systems; catalogs materials in a variety of formats, including preparing original bibliographic and authority records; maintains the integrity of the online catalog; works closely with staff and faculty throughout Bibliographic Management Services Division and other divisions to provide access to the library’s collections; manages projects related to improving access to electronic resources in the online catalog; may participate in general reference service.


Required: This position requires an ALA accredited master’s degree in library science (MLS); demonstrated knowledge of a range of software applications supporting the development of digital libraries using current and evolving metadata standards and associated technologies, including Dublin Core and MARC; excellent communication and analytic skills including the ability to work within a team environment with diverse groups of library staff; working knowledge of the use of cataloging principles and tools such as AACR2, LCRI, LCSH, and other controlled vocabularies; working knowledge of a bibliographic utility or integrated library system; and the ability to meet standards for achieving tenure and promotion, including research leading to peer reviewed publications.

Preferred: Working knowledge of one or more Western European or Asian languages.

Rank and Salary

Position is a 12-month, tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.
Salary: competitive and commensurate with experience

The University of Montana offers a comprehensive benefits package including TIAA-CREF. Candidates applying by December 15, 2005 will be given first consideration. To apply, please submit a letter of application, a resume, and a list of three recent professional references to:


Administrative Services
c/o Kathy Hendricks
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812-9936
phone: 406/243-6800
fax: 406/243-6864

This position announcement can be made available in alternative formats upon request. The University of Montana is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, Vietnam era veterans, and persons with disabilities. Positions eligible for veterans’ preference in accordance with State law.

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