Metadata Analyst (Assistant Librarian)

at University of Texas Libraries (view profile)
Location Austin, Texas
Date Posted April 6, 2020
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Education Requirements Master’s degree in a relevant field or appropriate combination of experience and advanced degree (candidates in their last semester of a program will be considered)
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $50,000+ depending on qualifications
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Twitter Handle @utlibraries


The University of Texas Libraries seek a collaborative, detail-oriented, and highly motivated individual to support the Libraries in metadata migration and aggregation. The position will make key contributions to grant-funded work towards creating a common discovery and access interface for arts and cultural heritage collections held by partner institutions on the UT campus. Working in close collaboration with project partners and other stakeholders, the Metadata Analyst will conduct comprehensive analyses of metadata from various sources, establish crosswalks to a common metadata schema, and define requirements for metadata display in a public-facing interface. The position will also contribute to grant administrative tasks involving documentation and report writing.

This 3-year term-limited position will report to the Head of Access Systems. It is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation.

Please note that the date of first review for this position will be Monday, May 18th.


  • Analyze and crosswalk metadata from grant partners for aggregation in a shared discovery portal

  • Provide expertise in collaborative decision-making for descriptive, administrative and technical metadata for UT Libraries’ digital assets, in the context of a digital asset management system upgrade and content migration

  • Coordinate the development of policies, procedures and documentation in support of consistent metadata practice among grant partners

  • Work closely and collaboratively with various units within UT Libraries, primarily Content Management, Digital Stewardship, and Libraries IT, to develop and implement efficient metadata workflows

  • Proactively engage with UT Libraries and grant partners’ staff, as well as project stakeholders among campus staff, faculty, and students, to identify metadata needs and provide metadata training as needed

  • Document decision making, workflows, processes, and technical specifications in shareable format

  • Contribute to collaborative report writing efforts


Research indicates that applicants with marginalized identities are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all the required and preferred qualifications. We want to emphasize that although experience in certain areas is desirable, entry-level candidates who meet the required qualifications, demonstrate excellent promise, and a passion for working with metadata are encouraged to apply and will be given serious consideration. Opportunities for training, mentorship, and support from individuals with a variety of skill sets exist locally, regionally, and nationally.