Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, University of Tennessee Libraries

Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services

Appointment Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor

Salary: minimum $65,000

Available: July 1, 2016

The University of Tennessee Libraries seeks an experienced, future-oriented leader as the Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Research, Collections, & Scholarly Communication, this individual provides leadership in the creation and maintenance of descriptive metadata for items and collections purchased, subscribed, and created by the University of Tennessee Libraries. This position is responsible for ensuring accuracy and consistency of metadata in all formats and for developing strategies for improved discoverability of the Libraries’ resources.   The incumbent coordinates the work of the department by supervising, setting priorities, training, and implementing plans, policies, and practices for the unit.


  • Supervise and evaluate 5 experienced staff in the Cataloging Unit with responsibility for original and copy cataloging, batch-loading of vendor-supplied MARC records, database maintenance, and processing; supervise one faculty member with primary responsibility for non-MARC descriptive metadata
  • Create original bibliographic and authority records using accepted standards such as MARC, RDA or AACR2, LCSH, and LC classification
  • Improve understanding and implementation of tools and services for metadata creation such as the integrated library system and OCLC Connexion, including troubleshooting of these services
  • Serve on discovery, digital collections, and other committees to represent standard metadata practices across the collections and workflows
  • Lead the Cataloging and Metadata Services department through planning, statistics gathering, analysis, and reporting
  • Lead the Libraries in keeping current with evolving cataloging and metadata standards; create and revise local policies and procedures, documentation, and training accordingly
  • Serve as consultant across the Libraries for complex cataloging questions
  • Contribute and assist others in the performance of authority control and disambiguation of names; contribute original authority work to the Tennessee NACO Funnel Project
  • Participate in efforts to improve the Libraries’ discovery and delivery platforms
  • Serve the library profession through involvement in professional organizations and through cooperative efforts with other information professionals
  • Engage in scholarly activity through publications and presentations


  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Original cataloging experience in multiple formats
  • Experience with authority control
  • Demonstrated experience applying metadata standards and practices including RDA, MARC21, AACR2, LCSH and LC classification
  • Demonstrated interest in current trends and developments in MARC and non-MARC metadata, authority control and emerging technologies
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Supervisory or leadership experience
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively in a diverse academic community and to manage shifting priorities
  • Evidence of ability to engage in research, publication, and service consonant with University and Libraries guidelines for tenure and promotion


  • Reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages
  • Experience with non-MARC metadata and encoding schemes such as Dublin Core, EAD, TEI, MODS, and METS
  • Knowledge of emerging trends and practices related to linked data, semantic web applications and RDF
  • Working knowledge of discovery systems, especially Primo
  • Demonstrated record of publication and professional contribution


The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the flagship campus of the state university system. The UT Libraries supports the teaching, research, and service mission of the university and enhances the academic experience of each student at the Knoxville campus — through outstanding print and electronic collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities and technological resources.

The UT Libraries serves as an intellectual, cultural, and social center for the university and community.  We are a national leader in the creation of regionally significant digital collections; in support of open access though our digital repository Trace; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise.   The University of Tennessee Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, Lyrasis, and the Center for Research Libraries. The UT Libraries collaborates actively at the state level with the other UT System Libraries as well as the libraries in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

The University of Tennessee is committed to creating a welcoming environment. More information about how we continually strive to put our principles of civility and community into action here in Knoxville is available at http://www.utk.edu/diversity/.

Additional information about this position and the UT community is available at https://www.lib.utk.edu/employment/head-cataloging-metadata-services


Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan or ORP (VOYA/ING, TIAA/CREF, VALIC) with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans. Tuition remission is available for all university employees and partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees. Faculty rank and status; twelve-month, tenure-track appointment.

A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hiring. Send cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume or CV, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Manager, Library Dean’s Office and Human Resources, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000. Application materials may be sent via email attachment to ejgreene@utk.edu.   Review of applications will begin May 2, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. 

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator a

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