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Friday, January 13, 2017

[LIBJOBS] Vacancy: Metadata Librarian, University of Tennessee, USA




Metadata Librarian


Appointment Rank: Assistant Professor

Salary: minimum $52,000

Available: September 1, 2017, or earlier if search is completed


The University of Tennessee Libraries seeks a curious, innovative, and technically proficient individual to serve as Metadata Librarian. Reporting to the head of Cataloging & Metadata Services, the Metadata Librarian enhances resource discovery and improves access to collections by implementing and supporting metadata strategies associated with digital scholarship and special collections. Working closely with colleagues in the digital library program, the Metadata Librarian will develop workflows to improve efficiency and metadata quality. Serving as the expert on non-MARC metadata, the librarian is expected to participate in decision-making for library digital projects, to coordinate the integration of metadata into production of digital collections, and assist in supporting the Digital Public Library of America service hub for the state of Tennessee.



      Consult with and advise partners and project stakeholders on metadata design based on project requirements

      Create, transform, remediate, and enhance descriptive metadata, primarily in MODS, and train others to do so

      Perform metadata audits of existing digital collections, participate in migration of legacy digital collections to new platforms, and ensure compliance with local and international metadata standards

      Maintain awareness of trends in metadata and resource discovery; share and apply that knowledge in the incumbent’s work

      Serve the library profession through involvement in professional organizations and through cooperative efforts with other information professionals

      Engage in scholarly activity through publications, presentations, and other creative outlets



      Master’s degree from an ALA accredited program or doctorate in relevant field

      Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively in a diverse academic community

      Experience in resource description, including MODS or MARC/RDA

      Working knowledge of XML and XSLT

      Demonstrated understanding of controlled vocabularies and ontologies

      Aptitude for complex, analytical work with the ability to manage multiple priorities and competing deadlines

      Evidence of ability to engage in research, publication, and service consonant with University and Libraries guidelines for tenure and promotion



      Experience with one or more scripting languages such as Ruby, Python, or Perl

      Experience with OAI-PMH

      Experience using tools for metadata manipulation, such as OpenRefine, Oxygen, or Catmandu

      Experience with digital repository platforms (e.g., Fedora Commons, Islandora, or ArchivesSpace), their associated workflows, and accompanying metadata schemes (e.g., Dublin Core)

      Experience with linked data and RDF

      Experience with structural, technical, or preservation metadata

      Experience working with researcher identities such as ORCID or ISNI

      Project management experience

      Training experience



The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the campus, a land-grant Carnegie university and the flagship campus of the state university system. The UT Libraries supports the teaching, research, and service mission of the university and enhances the academic experience of each student at the Knoxville campus — through outstanding print and electronic collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities and technological resources. The John C. Hodges Main LibraryWebster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library, and George F. DeVine Music Library serve the Knoxville campus. 


The UT Libraries serves as an intellectual, cultural, and social center for the university and community.  We are a national leader in the creation of regionally significant digital collections; in support of open access though our digital repository Trace; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise.   The University of Tennessee Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, Lyrasis, and the Center for Research Libraries. The UT Libraries collaborates actively at the state level with the other UT System Libraries as well as the libraries in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.


The UT Libraries participate in cultural programming on the UT campus, hosting a Writers In The Library series of readings, international and documentary film series, and co-sponsoring programs with campus groups such as the Baker Center for Public Policy and UT’s Ready For The World initiative.


The UT Libraries champions diversity in collections and staffing. The University of Tennessee is committed to creating a welcoming environment.  More information about how we continually strive to put our principles of civility and community into action here in Knoxville is available at


Additional information about this position and the UT community is available at



Appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with a minimum salary of $52,000.  Faculty rank and status; twelve-month, tenure-track appointment.  Library faculty must meet University requirements for promotion and tenure.


Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan (TCRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) (VOYA, TIAA, VALIC) with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans.  Tuition remission is available for all university employees and partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees. Start-up funding in the amount of $10,000 allocated over a three-year period; annual support for travel & professional development. 


UT’s Prospective Faculty Viewbook has information on academic support, personal support, and living in Knoxville.


A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  In order to be considered for candidacy, you must submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume or CV, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Manager, Library Dean’s Office and Human Resources, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000.  Application materials may be sent via email attachment to   Review of applications will begin February 20, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.


All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


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