Metadata Management Librarian (Librarian 2 or Librarian 3)

at UConn Library (view profile)
Published October 25, 2023
Location Storrs, CT
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements A graduate-level degree in a field relevant to the position or a graduate degree in Library and Information Science from an American Library Association-accredited institution (or international equivalent).
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $70,375
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $102,465
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Pay Grade Librarian 2 or Librarian 3



The UConn Library seeks an innovative and creative Metadata Management Librarian to join our Acquisitions & Discovery team. Reporting to the Head of Acquisitions & Discovery, the Metadata Management Librarian creates and manages metadata necessary for the discovery, access, and stewardship of UConn Library collections. Success in this position requires a holistic understanding of metadata’s role in facilitating discovery of library resources and applying relevant international and national standards, rules, and best practices for the creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance of metadata.

As an active member of the Library and guided by our Strategic Framework of Connect, Empower, and Engage and our core values of kindness and trust, curiosity and inquiry, equity and inclusion, and having fun, the successful candidate will make positive contributions to a culture of inclusion and respect in all interactions within the Library and across the University and will actively exemplify the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and justice in their daily work.


  • Applies knowledge of relevant international and national standards, rules, and best practices for the creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance of metadata at the individual record level and in batch for UConn Library's tangible and electronic collections for all campuses and digital repositories.
  • Performs original and complex copy cataloging for tangible and electronic records in all formats, including books, monographic series, serials, music scores, audiovisual materials including streaming videos, special collections, and theses and dissertations, and applies standards (MARC, MODS, RDA, AACR2, DCRMR, DACS, etc.), and controlled vocabularies (LCNAF, LCSH, etc.).
  • Ensures data quality and integrity in the Library's catalog through routine maintenance projects, contributing to authority control initiatives such as NACO, producing quality catalog records, and managing batch loading of bibliographic records.
  • Coordinates and creates the documentation of cataloging and metadata standards, policies, and workflows in conformance with current cataloging standards and practices.
  • Collaborates across the University to develop and enhance procedures for effective metadata management.
  • Develops operational solutions to metadata access and discovery problems.
  • Participates in collections maintenance in shared print initiatives, including the Eastern Academic Scholars Trust (EAST).

Additional Responsibilities for Appointment as Librarian 3

  • Identifies opportunities for innovation within metadata management.
  • Uses advanced professional knowledgebase and skillset to proactively identify and resolve critical needs as related to the position, serving as a subject matter expert to others.

Shared Expectations for All Staff

  1. Applies the principles of the Library's core values and Strategic Framework through active contribution and cooperation in achieving Area and Unit priorities and operational goals.
  2. Demonstrates reliable and effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  3. Demonstrates active learning in and communication of ongoing trends and developments related to professional and positional responsibilities.
  4. Works effectively in current applications, software, and communication tools as employed by the UConn Library and UConn.
  5. Exhibits appreciation of, sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse working environment, inclusive of all backgrounds and identifications.
  6. Performs duties parallel to position responsibilities as required.


  1. A graduate-level degree in a field relevant to the position or a graduate degree in Library and Information Science from an American Library Association-accredited institution (or international equivalent).
  2. Minimum of three years of post-graduate related professional experience.
  3. Commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and justice, and demonstrated ability to make positive contributions to a culture of inclusion and respect in all interactions within the Library and across the University.
  4. Previous cataloging experience with the demonstrated ability to perform original and complex copy cataloging in a variety of formats, using cataloging and classification practices and standards such as RDA, DCRMR, MARC21, LCSH, LCC, Dublin Core, MODS, and Program for Cooperative Cataloging standards (CONSER, NACO, SACO).
  5. Knowledge of metadata tools and systems for creating, editing, and transforming metadata (e.g., Oxygen, MarcEdit, OpenRefine).
  6. Evidence of delivering reliable, effective, and appropriate verbal and written communications that follow current professional standards across diverse audiences.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively and effectively use analytical and problem-solving skills in both settings.
  8. Evidence of participation in and engagement with professional activities at a statewide, regional, and/or national level.

Additional Minimum Qualifications for Appointment as Librarian 3

  1. Minimum of six years of post-graduate related professional experience.
  2. Evidence of an advanced knowledge level and currency in professional standards, practices, procedures, policies, and technologies as related to position responsibilities.
  3. Evidence of active engagement and significant contributions to professional activities at a statewide, regional, and/or national level.


For All Appointments

  1. Experience with the ExLibris Alma library management system.
  2. Advanced knowledge of identity management and authority work (e.g., Wikidata, LC Name Authorities, ORCID, etc.).
  3. Working knowledge of one or more high-level scripting languages (e.g., Python).
  4. Experience working with APIs and with normalizing and scripting transformations of structured metadata in an XML environment (e.g., JSON).
  5. Proven success with project management.
  6. Demonstrated experience applying the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and/or justice in cataloging and metadata projects.
  7. Demonstrated experience in training others in technical service procedures.

About UConn

UConn is one of the top public research universities in the nation, with more than 30,000 students pursuing answers to critical questions in labs, lecture halls, and the community. Knowledge exploration throughout the University’s network of campuses is united by a culture of innovation. An unprecedented commitment from the state of Connecticut ensures UConn attracts internationally renowned faculty and the world’s brightest students. As a vibrant, progressive leader, UConn fosters a diverse and dynamic culture that meets the challenges of a changing global society.

The main 4,400-acre campus is set in a university town located in the heart of Connecticut, approximately a half hour’s drive from Hartford, 90 minutes from Boston, and 3 hours from New York City. Storrs offers New England village charm, with outstanding recreational facilities and open space initiatives, farm-to-table agricultural communities, and excellent public schools.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians, and salutatorians who make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top public research universities.

UConn’s faculty and staff are a critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural, and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.


This appointment is a full-time position, with hybrid schedule options, based in Storrs, Connecticut. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment. Salary and rank are dependent upon education, qualifications, and experience.

Other rights, terms, and conditions of employment are contained in the collective bargaining agreement between the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Professional Employees Association (UCPEA).


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Applications must be submitted online using UConn Jobs at, Staff Positions, Search #497895 and include a cover letterdetailed resume, and contact information for three professional references. Candidates must address in their cover letter and/or resume how their candidacy meets the position responsibilities, minimum qualifications, and preferred qualifications (if applicable). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Nominations and inquiries should be sent in confidence to

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on November 2, 2023.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce. The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner. This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all. We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.