Discovery Metadata Librarian, Yale University Library

New Haven, CT
Requisition:  36641BR

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

Position Focus: Under the general direction of the Metadata Services and Catalog Management Team Leader, the Discovery Metadata Librarian works closely with other staff across the library to improve the discovery of and access to the library’s vast digital and print collections through a wide array of activities in metadata analysis, creation, consultation, enhancement, and maintenance.

The Discovery Metadata Librarian will participate in the ongoing development of the library’s Hydra/Fedora/Blacklight/Ladybird infrastructure, and will coordinate metadata activities and advise on metadata function improvement, enhancement, and troubleshooting in Ladybird. The incumbent will perform analysis, remediation, and normalization of metadata in the library’s online catalogs, and Quicksearch discovery layer. The Discovery Metadata Librarian will also manage metadata projects, develop workflows, and provide training to staff in order to advance the library’s metadata and discovery services. He/She will apply programming and scripting skills in support of the technical requirements and production needs for metadata creation, conversion, enhancement, and maintenance, and will develop and/or customize applications and tools for automation and innovation.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA‐accredited library school. In selected instances, a post‐graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or substituted for a master’s degree in library science.
  • Qualified individuals new to the library profession are welcome to apply.
  • Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to conclusion in a timely fashion.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability; accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.
  • Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability in working with current and emerging metadata standards and tools, including MARC, Dublin Core, EAD and MODS. Knowledge of XML, RDF and Linked Data. Strong metadata analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency with one or more of the following systems, including confidence and efficiency in executing tasks at the command line: Windows, Mac, and UNIX/Linux. Demonstrated ability to work with software applications related to library services.
  • Skills in one or more of the following programming and scripting languages: Python, Perl, PHP, Java shell script. Knowledge of SQL and databases. Sound skills in data analysis, remediation, and normalization. Working familiarity with one or more local library management systems (preferably Voyager).
  • Logical and enthusiastic approach to work, with careful attention to detail, initiative and follow-through in equal measure. Experience with project management, with the ability to multitask and set priorities.

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Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Reading knowledge of non-English languages. Two years’ experience with metadata creation and management. Experience developing library content discovery applications and system improvements; experience with open source applications, Solr and/or Ruby. Skill analyzing and transforming metadata. Knowledge of RDA, DACS, BibFrame, authority control, subject analysis and controlled vocabularies.

The University and the Library

The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 12.8 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at

Salary and Benefits

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at The STARS req. ID for this position is 36641BR.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

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