Two Position: Maryland

Position: Metadata Librarian (Open Rank)
Location: University of Maryland Libraries

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

The Metadata Librarian supports the discovery of and access to the Libraries’ resources, both tangible and intangible, through the creation, extraction, transformation, review, and management of metadata. Implements and supports metadata strategies associated with digital initiatives and projects, evaluating workflows and processes, with the goal of improving existing operations through the application of creative strategies and solutions for resource description. Recommends metadata schemas and develops workflows for metadata creation for collections to be digitized. Designs and provides documentation, training, and consultation on creation and application of metadata in the Libraries. Promotes and fosters partnerships with library colleagues involved in digital projects, special collections, continuing resources, and public services.

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Master’s degree in library science from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association or equivalent professional degree with relevant library experience.

Minimum of two years of experience related to metadata in an academic, special or research library, or institution with a substantial digital collection. Demonstrated experience with MARC or non-MARC metadata in a library environment. Demonstrated experience with XML-based standards. Experience with software and tools for batch creation and manipulation of metadata such as Excel, OpenRefine, or oXygen. Knowledge of cataloging standards, such as RDA/AACR2 and related policy statements, DACS, DCRM, LC classification, LCSH and related thesauri, and the IFLA Library Reference Model. Working knowledge of cataloging utilities, such as OCLC Connexion, integrated library systems, or digital repository systems/software. Knowledge of Semantic Web, RDF, and linked data. Understanding of technical services operations, and emerging cataloging issues and trends in digital resource management.

Ability to manage a broad variety of tasks in response to varying time pressures with shifting priorities and changing constraints. Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a congenial team environment and to interact effectively with a broad variety of personnel both within and outside of the department. Ability to communicate clearly, knowledgably and personably, orally and in writing, with all persons potentially affected by the scope of the work. Evidence of strong customer service orientation. Ability to meet standards for achieving permanent status.

Position: Research Commons, Head
Location: University of Maryland Libraries

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Responsibilities: This is a full-time permanent status track librarian position in the Research, Teaching, and Learning Department with responsibilities for overseeing the Research Commons. The Head of RC will expand on the educational mission of RC, including development and coordination of workshops and events; maintaining and developing services for researchers of all levels, from undergraduate students through faculty, (for example, IRROC and copyright assistance); putting forward marketing campaigns to promote RC; establishing measures and assessments in determining value; and assuming leadership for the development and support of a cohesive digital scholarship service, incorporating GIS, data visualization, data research and OER in accordance with the Libraries’ strategic priorities. The Head of RC will advise and contribute to the developments of commons models across the University of Maryland Libraries, including those at STEM, MSPAL, and TLC units, and provide leadership to their unit by supervising RC staff members.

Duties include actively engaging with colleagues across the Libraries and the campus community in developing and maintaining partnerships, services, and spaces; developing a strong understanding of research needs on campus in order to enhance service models; creation of assessments to determine awareness of the services, overall satisfaction, and suggestions for improvement; drafting strategic goals for the Research Commons; developing a plan for the comprehensive and coherent digital scholarship services. The Head of RC actively participates in services and collections related activities for assigned subject responsibilities, including collection development and management, provides instruction and in person and virtual reference services, and promotes services available through the Libraries.

The Head of RC is an active member of Research and Academic Services (RAS) division, contributing to divisional initiatives and leading specific projects in collaboration with other RAS units (e.g., TLC), and with other units in the Libraries (e.g., Digital Programs and Initiatives). In addition, the librarian works with the Director of RTL and other RTL unit managers to enhance cooperation between units and to develop and maintain a departmental culture that is inclusive, equitable, diverse, customer-centered, and responsive to changes happening in academic libraries and higher education.
Requirements: Education: Master’s degree in library science from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association or equivalent professional degree with relevant library experience.


Three years of professional experience in an academic research library with demonstrated increase in responsibilities. Demonstrated experience working effectively and creatively with academic faculty, students and library faculty and staff. Experience with research/information and instructional services, particularly in developing large-scale instructional programs. Experience or aptitude for developing new research-based programs and services with broad appeals to large and diverse audiences. Experience or aptitude with digital tools, data collection, data visualization, data research, and web and information technologies. Experience with open educational resources (OER), open access and academic integrity. Experience or aptitude to plan, deliver and maintain complex projects and strategic initiatives. Experience with designing measures and assessments to determine value, experience with a variety of assessment tools. Subject background in assigned disciplines demonstrated through academic degrees, course work, or substantive experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills. Ability to maintain web pages, calendars, and other productivity tools.
  • Ability to develop and articulate clear expectations and guidelines for a complex work environment within Research Commons.
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire and mobilize others. Understanding of current and emerging trends in academic libraries.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including established record of published scholarship.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to function independently and in groups, build and maintain relationships with partners and library staff.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a just, equitable, and inclusive workplace evidenced through work experience, education, professional development, professional service and/or scholarship.
  • Strong commitment to the principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.