Job: Metadata Librarian

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Metadata Librarian

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Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials

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Position REQUIRES a Master's degree from an ALA accredited program.


RANK: Assistant University Librarian or Associate University Librarian

REPORTS TO: Chair, Digital Production Services

SALARY: Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials

              Minimum Salary at the Assistant Librarian rank is $49,920

              Minimum Salary at the Associate Librarian rank is $57,738



NOTE: Office located off campus


The University of Florida's, George A. Smathers Libraries seek an innovative, service-oriented Metadata Librarian to join the Digital Production Services team. Reporting to the Chair of Digital Production Services, the Metadata Librarian will coordinate projects that involve the digitization and description of collections belonging to the University of Florida and collaborating institutions. The Metadata Librarian will apply knowledge of metadata, taxonomies, and technical expertise to incorporate new content into UF’s digital library management system and make improvements to existing content. This involves description of materials, transformation of metadata, training of student assistants and contributors in best practices related to digitization and digital libraries, and reviewing the work of contributors to ensure that it adheres to relevant standards and procedures. With members of the Digital Production Services team, the Metadata Librarian will develop requirements for UF Digital Library services, continuously monitor the technology environment for changes and new software, and craft innovative solutions to improve the services we offer. 

We seek candidates who are passionate about working with metadata and understand its role in transformative library services, who are invested in the future of librarianship on a practical level, and who are creative in identifying and solving problems within a collegial and collaborative environment. The successful candidate must be knowledgeable in current, relevant library and scholarly information trends and practices, and be able to apply this understanding to make a significant, positive impact on the UF community.

To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the Metadata Librarian will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in work activities and decision making.



  • Manage projects and the collections that result from the digitization and description of UF Libraries’ and other institutions’ materials throughout their life cycle, coordinating digitization and description activities to ensure efficient use of library resources. 
  • Manipulate, transform, and create metadata in the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC) and in the Libraries' Integrated Library System (ILS). Develop tools to support remediation projects, utilizing batch loading and editing tools in pursuit of workflow efficiencies, to improve access, actionability, and processing of library resources. 
  • Develop metadata crosswalks from nonstandard approaches to standards such as METS/MODS and MARC, convert metadata to standard schema using scripting and/or coding, and import metadata into digital library management systems and/or make metadata available for harvesting. 
  • Develop thesauri and taxonomies which support both large scale enhancement of collection access and specialized vocabularies for specific projects. 
  • Review metadata created by contributors for completeness and accuracy, and troubleshoot metadata issues. 
  • With technical staff, identify and/or develop services related to metadata transformation, ingest, and sharing which can be used by UF and contributing institutions. 
  • Serve as a resource for colleagues on campus and beyond, advising on appropriate strategies as well as assisting with creating and repairing metadata. 
  • Develop and deliver training on non-MARC metadata skills to broaden the pool of Library employees who can contribute to digital collection metadata work. 
  • Strengthen and create avenues for collaboration across the Libraries to improve access to collections through various metadata systems. 
  • Develop appropriate resources and services to further the academic and research endeavors of the UF community and disseminate information about the UFDC through blogs, journal articles, guest lectures, conference presentations, social media, and other outreach activities. 
  • Supervise metadata specialist position(s) (currently 1 FTE) 
  • Stay up-to-date on relevant library and scholarly information trends and practices and be able to apply this knowledge to have a significant, positive impact on UFDC, the advancement of the UF Libraries’ strategic plan, and the University’s strategic vision. 
  • Include and support individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, and perspectives in work activities, to support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society.
  • Perform scholarly research and provide service at institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with the Libraries’ tenure and promotion criteria (see:


Required: 

  • ALA-accredited master's degree in library science or other relevant advanced degree and two years of relevant, post graduate degree, professional experience. 
  • Knowledge of metadata schemas and standards. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Knowledge of tools to create, extract, transform, analyze, and/or quality control metadata. 
  • Demonstrated experience in successful project management. 
  • Knowledge of digital library management systems or digital asset management systems. 
  • Evidence of positive and productive collaborations working with audiences, constituencies, and colleagues of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work. 
  • Initiative, flexibility and the ability to adapt to a complex, rapidly changing academic environment 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, administrators, and the general public. 
  • Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion outlined at

Preferred: 

  • Experience building ontologies and knowledge of standards and languages for ontologybuilding. 
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills with the ability to explain complex issues in concise terms to a broad range of constituents. 
  • Experience managing projects in a library, academic, or information environment 
  • Experience with metadata creation and management in an academic or research library. 
  • Supervisory experience. 
  • Knowledge of the linked data environment. 
  • Experience teaching and/or training others. 
  • Demonstrated ability to build or improve workflows or data maintenance tasks using automated processes. 
  • Reading fluency in French or Spanish. 
  • Experience applying metadata to special collections material. 
  • Understanding of copyright and related rights and how they are applied in a digital library setting. 
  • Experience contributing bibliographic and authority records using national Program for Cooperative Cataloging standards or other national or international programs for descriptive, structural, and administrative metadata.


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Library Type:
  • Academic Libraries

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Job Location

Physical address where the job position is located.

Job Place:
Interim Library Facility

Job Location:
Central Florida

4040 NE 49th Ave




Institution Information
Institution Name :
George A Smathers Libraries

1545 W University Ave




Contact Information / How to apply
Contact Name:
Bonnie Smith

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How to apply

To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a written statement regarding current trends related to digitization, metadata creation, and digital preservation (250 words); 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by January 4, 2018 (applications will be reviewed as received). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at

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