Coordinator of Metadata Librarian

  • Post Date:January 23, 2020
  • Apply Before: March 27, 2020
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    Employer Name University of Alabama Libraries
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Coordinator of Metadata


The University of Alabama Libraries seeks applicationsand nominations for an innovative, collaborative, and tech-savvy Coordinator ofMetadata. This position reports to the Head of Resource Acquisition &Discovery and actively contributes to the management of the department. Theposition provides leadership, support, project management, and workflow analysisfor a unit consisting of faculty and staff who are responsible for original, complexand copy cataloging, metadata creation and remediation, and authority controlin MARC and BIBFRAME. The unit is also actively engaged in a collaborativefashion in projects related to Special Collections, Digital Humanities, ElectronicTheses and Dissertations (ETDs), the Institutional Repository, and digitallibrary projects which require supervisory skills of Dublin Core, MetadataObject Description Schema (MODS), Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), and othermetadata issues.

The University Libraries is a FOLIO beta development partnerwith EBSCO, and this position plays a major role internally, as well as in theFOLIO community. The position leads testing and implementation forcataloging/metadata functions and collaborates across the University Librariesregarding functionality and interoperability of cataloging/metadata with otherFOLIO functions, data sources, and deliverables. The position advises onreporting and assessment functions needed in FOLIO for internal and externalpurposes.

UA Libraries seeks applicants who thrive in a learningorganization with a strong service orientation and who demonstrate an abilityto adapt to changing needs and priorities. This would include exploring best practices and making importantdecisions about the future of metadata and cataloging in a rapidly changingenvironment. Candidates with experience setting strategic directions,collaboration across departments, establishing priorities, and managinglibrarians and staff are encouraged to apply.  

The successful candidate must have awillingness for continual learning, development, and application of additionalexpertise through work related experiences and professional developmentopportunities with a commitment to continuous quality improvement.  The successful candidate must also possessthe ability to deal with change, ambiguity, and complex problems that aretypical of an academic setting.  Responsibilitiesof the position evolve as the library environment continues to change. 


At least 5 years post-MLS cataloging and/or metadata experiencein an academic library.

Supervisory experience with professional staff and/orfaculty, including direct involvement with establishing goals, evaluatingemployees, developing job descriptions, and analyzing workflows.

Experience with cataloging materials, both originaland complex copy cataloging, with significant knowledge of and ability to applycataloging tools (RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LCC, FAST headings, and MARC21 formats) forbibliographic and authority data.

Experience with bulk importing and exporting ofmetadata records.

Knowledge of linked data and semantic web tools andframeworks such as BIBFRAME, RDF, OWL, SKOS, and SPARQL.

Experience effectively explaining metadata concepts tonon-technical audiences and collaborating on projects extending beyondmetadata.

Experience developing cataloging/metadata policies andcreating documentation to improve communication and processes.

Knowledge of and experience with tools and servicesthat support cataloging and metadata functions such as OCLC, MarcEdit, libraryservices platforms, and relevant scripting environments.

Experience manipulating data using Access, Excel, SQL,VBA, etc.

Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.

Strong interpersonal, oral and written communicationskills.

Demonstrated understanding of the importance ofsupporting librarians and staff through active personnel management andpromotion of diversity and inclusion within the work place.

Ability to meet tenure requirements in a researchlibrary, with a focus on research and publication, and a demonstrated researchagenda aligned with relevant aspects of the position.


Five years of recent cataloging/metadata andsupervisory experience in an academic or research library.

Experience with a national cooperative catalogingprogram such as the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), NACO, BIBCO, CONSERor SACO.

Knowledge of Open Archives Initiative Protocol forMetadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).

Experience with data migration and data analysis inlibraries.

Knowledge of and experience using metadata schemas andencoding initiatives including Dublin Core, MODS, and TEI and willingness tolearn additional ones as needed.

Experience providing metadata consultation andservices related to digital projects, institutional repositories, and ETD’s,etc. that are not managed by the metadata unit.

Working knowledge of the processes and tools used inlibrary acquisitions, electronic resource management, and knowledge bases.

Experience establishing workflows and productionlevels for faculty librarians and staff.

Experience performing detailed annual evaluations forfaculty librarians and staff.

Experience managing librarians, both tenure andnon-tenure track, and staff.

Experience working with collaborative projects toincrease usage of physical and electronic materials by making them morediscoverable and accessible.

Experience cataloging a wide range of print andnon-print materials in various formats.

ENVIRONMENT:The University of Alabama, The Capstone University, is the State of Alabama’sflagship public university and the senior comprehensive doctoral levelinstitution in Alabama. UA enrolls over 38,000 students, is ranked in the top50 public universities in the United States. The University is a leader amongpublic universities nationwide for enrollment of National Merit Scholars, withmore than 600 currently enrolled. Under the leadership of President StuartBell, UA launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressiveresearch agenda and expansion of graduate education.  The University has achieved DoctoralUniversities – Very High Research Activity status in the CarnegieClassification of Institutions of Higher Education. The University of AlabamaLibraries is essential in advancing the educational mission of the University.We provide innovative instruction, services, and resources to facilitateteaching, research, and learning. The University of Alabama Libraries iscommitted to be student-centered and research-focused in order to supportdiscovery, learning, and creativity at The Capstone.

The University Libraries maintains memberships in theAssociation of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, theCoalition for Networked Information, centerNet, LYRASIS, the Association ofSoutheastern Research Libraries, the HathiTrust, Scholars Trust, the RosemontAlliance, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, and the Alabama DigitalPreservation Network.  We are the oldestacademic library serving as a U.S. Government Documents RegionalDepository.  In this role we serve theacademic community and the public. The University Libraries is an EBSCO FOLIObeta partner. The University Libraries homepage may be accessed at

The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, ametropolitan area of 100,000, with a vibrant economy, a moderate climate, and areputation across the South as an innovative, progressive community with anexcellent quality of life. Tuscaloosa provides easy access to mountains,several large cities, and the beautiful Gulf Coast.

Prior to employment the successful candidate must passa pre-employment background investigation.

SALARY/BENEFITS:12 month tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor orAssociate Professor rank, depending on qualifications.  Salary range is $70,000 to $90,000commensurate with qualifications, experience, and advanced degrees.  Strong benefits, including professionaldevelopment support, tuition fee waiver, and matching retirement contributions.

TOAPPLY: Applications are accepted online only at  . Click Search Positions. UniversityLibraries in Organization drop down box. Please include your application,Curriculum Vitae, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e- mail addresses ofthree references, including one current supervisor.

Position open until filled. Applications received by February28, 2020 are assured of receiving full consideration. Position will remain openuntil filled.

The University of Alabama is an AffirmativeAction/Equal Opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity ofour faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, includingwomen, members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especiallyencouraged to apply.  For questionsregarding the search, contact Dr. Millie Jackson, Senior Associate Dean, at [email protected].