Metadata Coordinator, Metadata Department, Stanford University Libraries

4 year fixed-term position, Librarian 2/3

Stanford University Libraries is seeking an enthusiastic and resourceful metadata librarian to coordinate metadata policies and standards for resources deposited to the Stanford Digital Repository. Reporting to the Head of the Metadata Department, the Metadata Coordinator will be responsible for the assessment and application of descriptive metadata principles and best practices for digital resources, through the proactive engagement with the Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS) project managers in establishing appropriate approaches for the creation of descriptive metadata for individual projects. The Metadata Coordinator will also serve as a consultant on metadata throughout the library system and the university, coordinating application of standards system-wide. This position will be a key contributor to preparing SUL metadata policy for the metadata environment of the future.

Primary Duties

  • Serve as primary contact to DLSS for new metadata projects
  • Coordinate metadata creation, application, and maintenance for digital content system-wide; collaborate in coordinating staff assignments to projects
  • Assess and develop standards and policies for metadata across SUL for SDR deposit to ensure harmonization both within the SDR and in the discovery layer (SearchWorks) as a whole
  • Create and maintain documentation of local metadata standards and application guidelines
  • Serve as a consultant to, and foster collaborative efforts among, metadata creators across SUL
  • Broker acceptance of mutually agreed upon descriptive metadata standards across SUL
  • Investigate and remain current with both new and current metadata standards and tools
  • Proactively ensure that SUL’s descriptive practices are complementary to national and international efforts to promote its interoperability
  • Participate in large scale research and development projects related to metadata discovery, interoperability, and identity management, including the development of Stanford’s linked data environment



  • Demonstrated experience with current cataloging procedures and principles as defined in RDA and AACR2, and the MARC bibliographic, holdings, and authorities formats
  • Demonstrated experience in formulating departmental policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of current and emerging models and tools for resource description, discovery, and access, e.g. BIBFRAME
  • Knowledge of, or ability to learn, analyze, and utilize existing and emerging metadata standards, such as MODS, Dublin Core, EAD, METS, OAI, TEI, and relevant thesauri and/or ontologies, as required by special projects. Ability to provide mapping between different metadata standards in a dynamic environment
  • Familiarity with XML, RDF, and other machine actionable languages; familiarity with, or ability to learn, linked data principles and standards
  • Ability to successfully deliver mutually agreed upon policies and procedures in a timely fashion
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills combined with capacity for complex, detail-oriented work
  • High level proficiency using PC-based applications and other computer applications; high level computer competency kept up to date through continuous learning
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, as a team member, and across organizational boundaries in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility to be organized, productive, and effective in a dynamic environment, while participating in variety of simultaneous projects
  • 3 to 5 years of job-related experience


  • Broad knowledge of library repository functions, services, and requirements
  • Experience with metadata transformations and cross-walking tools
  • Familiarity with Stanford University Libraries and its Digital Library environment
  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited library school or the equivalent is highly desired

To Apply

To apply for this position, visit Stanford Careers and search for Job Number 66687:

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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