Metadata Librarian (Digital Projects)

at University of Missouri-Kansas City (view profile)
Published January 23, 2023
Location Kansas City, Missouri
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Required
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $50,000.00
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Open Position

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) University Libraries are seeking a collaborative, team-oriented individual to fill the role of Metadata Librarian, responsible for managing and overseeing digital collections and digital exhibits metadata projects, training, documentation, and workflows, and quality control. The Metadata Librarian leads in all metadata aspects for projects, repository configurations, and digital projects grants, providing input, training, documentation, and feedback.

The Metadata Librarian works collaboratively with the Head of Digital Projects, as well as campus constituencies to develop strategic directions and assess service quality in these areas. This position is a 12-month non-tenure track, ranked benefit-eligible faculty librarian appointment and reports to the Head of Digital Projects. This job is fully remote eligible, and hybrid (remote and onsite) eligible.

Primary duties and responsibilities include:  

  • In collaboration with colleagues in the Division and across the UM System, leads the evaluation, selection, design, and application of metadata schemas and techniques, standards, application profiles, and thesauri to provide access to digital collections.
  • Provides metadata for digital collections according to national and local standards and guidelines, including performing complex subject and content analysis of each item according to national standards using Library of Congress Subject Headings, Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms, and more.
  • Creates workflows for, and quality checks, digital exhibits metadata. Oversees metadata design, templates, and implementation of records for digital exhibits.
  • Performs metadata quality control, reconciliation and ethical remediation, and transformations of large batches of metadata to support digital projects and system migration efforts.
  • Specific emphasis on ensuring metadata meets diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) principles and evolving practices in digital librarianship.
  • Provides consultation and training with faculty and graduate students, as needed, for special projects and collaborations.
  • Provides input related to metadata design and workflows in grant proposals.

See full job description for more details.

Diversity Commitment 

The University Libraries are fully committed to creating and maintaining an anti-racist and anti-oppressive environment for a diverse academic community of faculty, staff, and students. Recent initiatives are outlined on the University Libraries’ Equity Committee page. We seek individuals who will contribute to library-wide efforts to implement and maintain anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices in all services and who are committed to our core campus values of learning, diversity, integrity, accountability, respect, and collaboration.

Special Collections & Archives at UMKC University Libraries 

The UMKC University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives (SCA) division consists of LaBudde Special Collections, Marr Sound Archives, University Archives, Cataloging & Metadata Management, and Digital Projects. SCA’s primary source materials are rich in the humanities, particularly in local performing arts, LGBTQ communities, social services organizations, and jazz as well as Kansas-Missouri late 19th century Western Americana and national radio broadcasts from the 1930s-1960s. Prominent collections include the Edgar Parks Snow Papers, Starr Women’s Hall of Fame inductee collections, Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, J. David Goldin Radio Collection, Raymond Scott Collection, Sheet Music Collection, and Victorian Studio Portrait Collection.  SCA supports a major component of teaching and learning in the humanities, arts, and social sciences through the use of primary source materials; provides high impact learning experiences to a broad range of students including the development of national award-winning student-curated exhibits; and directly supports undergraduate research initiatives.

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS, MSLS, MLIS, etc.) from an ALA-accredited or equivalent program or a graduate degree in an appropriate discipline (history, archival management, or related area);
  • Experience working with digital collections metadata or performing cataloging functions;
  • Familiarity with a variety of metadata standards and controlled vocabularies, such as LCSH, METS, MODS, Dublin Core, XML, or RDF;
  • Experience working with digital asset management, digital repository, and/or digital library systems (e.g., Islandora, DSpace, Omeka, CONTENTdm);
  • Demonstrated past experience with, or the ability to learn, practices which automate repetitive data manipulation and normalization through tools and techniques such as Open Refine for data-parsing; and skills such as XSLT or scripting to transform and remediate metadata;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, in teams that encompass a range of roles and  knowledge;
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex technical ideas to others and in written documentation;
  • Demonstrated commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion;
  • Potential to meet promotion requirements in non-tenure track appointment, evidenced through service, research, leadership, innovation, and/or professional development.

Salary: This is a 12 month, ranked, non-tenure track faculty position. (See the Promotion and Appointments Criteria for rank specifications.) The minimum salaries for ranks are: Librarian I $50,000, Librarian II $52,500, Librarian III $57,500, and Librarian IV $65,000. Please note that these are minimum salaries, not ranges. Salaries are negotiable and commensurate with experience (University of Missouri Salary Report).

Application Instructions: Application materials must be submitted online at Click the View Jobs button and search for ID60941 to apply. Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter that directly addresses how you meet the requirements of the position, curriculum vitae, and a list of 3 references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a single attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

Applications received by February 5, 2023, will receive priority consideration. Applications received after this date will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

For questions about how applicants apply, please call (816) 235-1621, or if you are experiencing technical problems, please call (855) 524-0002. Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.

To help potential applicants learn more about our organization, we held an informational webinar for this opening on January 20th, 2023.

You may address your cover letter to: Mēgan Oliver, Search Committee Chair. For all inquiries about the position, please contact 816-235-1531 or