Metadata Librarian, Metadata and Cataloging Department

at University of Nevada, Reno (view profile)
Published August 8, 2022
Location Reno, Nevada
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $67,000
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Metadata Librarian, Metadata and Cataloging Department




University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus


The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. Final applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment.


If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact our recruitment helpline at (775) 784-1495 or For UNR Med professional job postings, please contact the Office of Professional Recruitment at (775) 784-6778.


Job Description


The University of Nevada, Reno Libraries seeks a Metadata Librarian to lead and enhance discovery of campus and Library resources. This tenure-track position reports to the Head of Metadata and Cataloging and works closely with staff in Digital Services, Special Collections and Archives, the Basque Library, as well as campus and community partners, to organize and lead projects related to description of digitized and born-digital resources, campus research and publications, and linked-data opportunities. The Metadata Librarian defines and implements metadata schemas and standards for physical and digital assets, creates and maintains controlled vocabularies, oversees database clean-up and maintenance activities, and identifies areas of growth or experimentation within the scope of metadata discovery.


The Metadata Librarian oversees one full-time staff member and is supported by student workers. This position is a 12-month, full-time tenure-track/tenured faculty position that requires scholarly activity and publication, and service on professional and university committees.


Primary responsibilities include


  • Create and enhance original descriptive metadata for digitized and born-digital objects; recommend appropriate metadata schemas, workflows, and processes to enhance and certify quality control for metadata created by others.


  • Oversee, train, and assign work to the Metadata Technician.


  • Lead projects and/or serve as a member of project teams as a metadata expert; serve as a metadata consultant to the University Libraries' Research Data Services initiative.


  • Along with the Metadata Technician, work with the Digitization Lab, Digital Services, Special Collections and University Archives, Basque Library, and other departments to establish metadata policies and procedures and to evaluate metadata for effective resource discovery and access by users.


  • Oversee the EAD to MARC cataloging process including the adherence to standards and the use of appropriate tools to streamline and track this work between the Special Collections and University Archives and the Metadata and Cataloging Department.


  • Create documentation, training and consultation on creation and application of metadata for use within the Metadata and Cataloging Department as well as the rest of the Libraries.


  • Manage the controlled vocabularies used in metadata description in various systems including within the Digital Archive (Islandora), Finding Aid Repository (ArchivesSpace), and Library Services Platform (Alma).


  • Create and manage metadata crosswalks and migrations of data between standards and platforms.


  • Research and propose proactive solutions for local linked data projects.


Required Qualifications


  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education or equivalent.


  • Demonstrated experience in creating original descriptive non-MARC metadata (MODS, METS, Dublin Core, etc.) for digital collections including born-digital and digitized items.


  • Working knowledge of national cataloging standards and concepts, including MARC, RDA, and controlled vocabularies (LCSH, LCNAF, LCGFT, AAT, etc.)


  • Familiarity with digital repository and digital asset management systems including their architecture and requirements.


Preferred Qualifications


We invite all interested applicants meeting the minimum requirements to apply. We understand not everyone will have all of the listed preferred qualifications. We are committed to helping our colleagues develop the necessary skills to be successful in their position, which includes training, professional development, or other educational opportunities and experiences. Applicants are encouraged to communicate how their education, work, experience, and willingness to learn may be transferable to this role.


  • Academic library experience


  • Supervisory and/or management experience


  • Working knowledge of integrated library systems and/or library services platforms and their discovery layers such as Alma and Primo.


  • Experience with metadata transformation and remediation tools such as Oxygen, OpenRefine, MARCEdit, Python, XSLT, MALLET, etc.


  • Experience with archival materials and standards including EAD, DACS, etc.


  • Experience with collection management systems such as Archivist's Toolkit, ArchivesSpace, Past Perfect, etc.


  • Familiarity with linked data concepts and technologies (BIBFRAME, RDF, etc.)


  • Evidence of experience with scholarly activity, professional development, and service.




Salary minimum is $67,000. This is a full-time, tenure track faculty position. Appointment may be at the level of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, depending on experience, record of scholarship, service and achievement.


To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit:


More information about the University Libraries and expectations related to faculty rank and tenure can be found in the Bylaws of the University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Reno




  •! - Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 15.50% contribution is generously matched by the University. With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow! All permanent employees on an annual "A" or "B" contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada. In addition, the University offers several voluntary deferred compensation programs.


  • - Health insurance options including dental and vision, life insurance and long-term disability


  • - Generous annual and sick leave; thirty (30) days of sick leave provided upon start date and two (2) days of sick leave accrued per full month after the first year of service, two (2) days of annual leave accrued each full month


  • - supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life's difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.


Perks of working at UNR


  • - The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Program


  • - The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee's spouse or domestic partner.


  • - E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options.


  • - Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate.


  • - Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University.


  • Nevada residents do not pay state income tax.


About the University Libraries


The University Libraries has been a cornerstone of the University since it was founded in 1874. Today it encompasses a blend of cutting-edge research facilities and services, including the state-of-the-art Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center (main library), Special Collections and University Archives, DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library, Jon Bilbao Basque Library, and mailto:@One Digital Media and Technology Center. The University Libraries fulfills its mission to further intellectual inquiry and innovation; partner with students and faculty in the creation of new knowledge; and foster excellence in education through providing access to scholarly resources, active learning environments, contemporary technology, and knowledgeable assistance, all with an underlying core focus on


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Note to Applicant


A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.


HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.


References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.


Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.


As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.


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Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.


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