Art and Archives Metadata Librarian

at University of Utah Marriott Library (view profile)
Location Salt Lake City, Utah
Date Posted February 2, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Art and Archives Metadata (Research Assistant) Librarian

Track: Non Tenure Track

Position to begin: 7/1/18

The J. Willard Marriott Library (Marriott Library) and the Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) seek an Art and Archives Metadata Librarian to participate in a $750,000, four-year Andrew W. Mellon-funded grant project to develop a partnership between the two institutions. This career-line faculty position will work closely with the simultaneously-hired Collections Research Curator in building a substantive and collaborative working relationship to foster and enhance each organization’s teaching, learning, and research missions.

With extensive collections of art works, archival documents, antiquarian and modern published materials, and digital media related to land art, landscape, and the American West, the UMFA and the Marriott Library house important scholarly resources for the study of the West, from indigenous histories to Land art of the 1960s and ‘70s to current land rights issues.

The Art and Archives Metadata Librarian will work to enhance simultaneous discovery of UMFA and Marriott Library collections through newly-integrated museum and library collection databases, increasing access to interdisciplinary materials about the western landscape, and, more broadly, the American experience. The position will research existing finding aids and other discovery tools, and will identify relevant collections in manuscript, print, audiovisual, and visual art media to create data models and metadata for existing descriptive collection and item records. The position will facilitate collections-based interdisciplinary research and engagement projects, participate in a newly-established faculty seed grant program, and coordinate with the Mellon Initiative Steering Committee to set and implement priorities. The ideal candidate will have an educational background in archival studies or library and information science; a work history in metadata, linked data, information architecture, and content management systems; and subject knowledge in American History, Art History, Geography, Anthropology, Ethnography, Environmental Humanities, and/or English.

Embedded in the Division of Special Collections, the position will report to the Marriott Library’s Assistant Director for Special Collections and the UMFA’s Senior Curator. Participation on the Steering Committee will allow the Librarian to develop deep collaboration between the Marriott Library and the UMFA and to facilitate the integration of both collections into campus curricula, exhibitions, and other programs. The Art and Archives Metadata Librarian will work closely with the the jointly-appointed Collections Research Curator to disseminate new knowledge and support scholarship, teaching, and learning.

Primary Duties:
• Work with Library IT specialists to develop a data model to bring together four independent data sources utilizing a variety of metadata standards, and to implement a data clean-up of existing collection and item records.
• Create descriptive metadata to augment existing finding aids, registers, and associated documentation for archival collections, antiquarian publications, secondary print material, and art works housed in the Marriott Library and the UMFA, in accordance with established Library and UMFA standards.
• Communicate with department heads in Special Collections and at the UMFA, with collection donors and creators, and with subject experts to identify additional contextual information relevant to collection materials.
• Develop best practices documentation to ensure long-term sustainability of future work.
• Participate on the Mellon Initiative Steering Committee to identify collections with strong potential research value, to articulate interdisciplinary research priorities, and to assist in the selection of and dissemination of faculty grants.
• Collaborate with University of Utah colleagues to curate physical and digital exhibits and subject pages, create digital learning objects to connect relevant resources, and develop engagement activities to share learning and teaching derived from the initiative. Activities could include but are not limited to symposia, lectures, workshops, and curriculum development activities.
• Teach, train, and collaborate with scholars who are engaged in research associated with the Mellon grant and the Digital Matters Lab.
• Develop and implement an assessment plan of not only research and engagement activities but also of institutional change brought about by the collaboration between the UMFA and the Marriott Library, particularly the long-term future of the initiative and possible big-picture structural changes within the collaborating institutions.

Required Qualifications:
• ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS, or the equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree (including Museum Studies or Archival certificates/credentials) and experience working in a library archives setting;
• College degree or significant coursework in one or more of the following disciplines: American History, Art History, Geography, Anthropology, Ethnography, Environmental Humanities, and English;
• Experience with copy cataloging, archival processing, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Getty Vocabularies, relevant metadata schemas (especially VRA Core, MARC, Dublin Core, EAD, and ISO 8601), and content management systems (especially ExLibris’ Alma and Primo, Sydney Plus’ Argus, and ArchivesSpace);
• Demonstrated proficiency and capability with information technology systems in the context of an academic library;
• Superior written and verbal skills, and strong interpersonal skills;
• Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace, and ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population;
• Ability to make decisions independently and work with initiative within the framework of departmental and Library policies and goals;
• Ability to work effectively in cooperation with colleagues in a service-oriented, collaborative environment;
• Capacity to thrive in the fast-paced, future-oriented environment of a research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities, showing agility and flexibility;
• Successful completion of a criminal background check, as required by Utah state law (

Preferred Qualifications:
• MA or PhD in a related field, including: Western American History, 19th- and 20th-century Art History, Human Geography, Cultural Anthropology, and/or Environmental Humanities;
• Experience creating user-friendly documentation and training programs;
• Experience with university-level teaching and curriculum design;
• Experience with linked data, digital scholarship, digital humanities, oral history production, data visualization applications, GIS, and/or research data curation and management;
• Successful history of writing and implementing grant-funded work;
• Reading, writing, or speaking skills in a second language.

Compensation: $53,000 annually, plus excellent benefits including a 14.2% retirement contribution, medical and dental coverage, and paid sick and vacation time.