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Metadata Librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst

The UMass Amherst Libraries seek a dynamic and innovative Metadata Librarian. The  Metadata Librarian catalogs materials in a variety of formats using rules and standards such as RDA, LCSH, LCC, MARC, NACO authority rules, Dublin Core, EAD, VRA Core, METS, MODS, etc. Actively participate in discussions relating to discovery, access, retrieval, and management of objects in ILS, discovery, and digital repository systems. Advise on the application of appropriate current and emerging cataloging/metadata schema to facilitate access to digital resources and physical collections. Train others on cataloging/metadata creation and management and work closely with staff throughout the Libraries to provide access to the Libraries’ collections.


Required Qualifications:

Master's degree in library science – or equivalent degree – from a program accredited by the American Library Association, or its appropriate equivalent in librarianship from another country, or have appropriate equivalent experience.
Minimum of two years of professional library experience in this or a comparable academic, research or special library.
Knowledge of the use of cataloging principles, and an understanding of controlled vocabularies, taxonomies, and ontologies.
Knowledge of RDA, AACR2, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Library of Congress Classification, and the MARC 21 format.
Working knowledge of cataloging/metadata standards (e.g. MARC, Dublin Core, EAD, VRA Core, METS, MODS).
Working knowledge of cataloging/metadata tools and systems for creating, editing, harvesting and transforming cataloging/metadata (e.g. XML, XSLT, XPath,  Oxygen, MarcEdit, OpenRefine, OAI-PMH).
Experience working with digital repository platforms such as Bepress Digital Commons, Dspace, Fedora, etc.
Aptitude for complex analytical work with an attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple priorities and competing deadlines.
Experience working with Integrated Library Systems, Discovery Systems, and OCLC Connexion.
Ability to use technology in creative ways to solve problems and/or facilitate workflow.
Demonstrated ability to establish work priorities, set performance expectations, achieve goals, and direct work in a high-production, rapidly evolving setting.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively in establishing and maintaining harmonious working relationships with a diverse population of staff and students.
Proven ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment, including remaining calm under pressure.
Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities in a positive, constructive, flexible and cooperative manner.
Ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities, showing initiative and flexibility.
Ability to contribute toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity and collaboration.
Demonstrated ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within the Libraries and the campus.
Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is support of diversity.

Preferred Qualifications:

Working knowledge of one or more structured programming languages such as PHP, Perl, Python, Java, etc.
Knowledge of web-based APIs.
Project management experience.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$56,000 - $67,000

Closing Date

March 11, 2018

How to Apply

Apply online at and submit a letter of application, resume, and contact information (phone and email) for three professional references by March 11, 2018 for priority consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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