Metadata Librarian, Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library

Library Technology Professional 2: Metadata Librarian
Job number: IRC37665
Salary Range: $65,200 – $106, 300

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Research Library seeks an experienced Metadata Librarian with broad knowledge of industry standards and practices.  The focus of this position is to develop, document, maintain and apply standards and procedures for creating metadata used to manage, preserve, and provide access to digital content.  The successful candidate will advise on ontology and metadata schema development within the context of emerging linked data and semantic web applications. Utilizing batch loading and editing tools, the Metadata Librarian will improve access, actionability, and processing of library resources while achieving workflow efficiencies.  The successful candidate will also participate in customer service and collection development.


  • Establish procedures and refine current processes for creation and maintenance of metadata for digital and nontraditional library collections
  • Collaborate with others to develop and implement more efficient, automated workflows to increase metadata and cataloging productivity
  • Transform metadata for ingest into Research Library institutional repository and digital collections platform
  • Catalog material using traditional rules (RDA, LCSH, LCC, MARC21)
  • Perform quality control on metadata for digital collections
  • Articulate and communicate a clear vision for the future of metadata and cataloging in a linked data environment
  • Participate in customer service activities supporting the research community & collection development


Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Working knowledge of metadata technology protocols such as OpenURL, OAI-PMH, Z39.50, SWORD
  • Working knowledge of at least one Integrated Library System (ExLibris Aleph, or other comparable system)
  • Experience cataloging with MARC and non-MARC encoding/structural standards (such as MODS, XML, XSLT, EAD, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of name and subject authority files
  • Aptitude for complex, analytical work with an attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple priorities and competing deadlines
  • Experience providing research, reference and consultation assistance
  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance

Desired Skills:

  • Experience implementing automated workflows
  • Familiarity with the linked data environment, including emerging library applications(e.g., BIBFRAME) and name identifier systems (e.g., ORCID, ISNI)
  • Experience with an XML editor such as Oxygen
  • Experience with Solr, Blacklight, Ruby on Rails and/or Hydra
  • Experience with one or more of the suite of Ex Libris products (especially Aleph)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to work with a wide range of digital library standards and practices, such as digitization, digital preservation, standards for media content, metadata, controlled authorities, and user experience.
  • Demonstrated collection development and resource analysis skills
  • Ability to formulate and implement innovative approaches and solutions to problems
  • Possess the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing to a wide range of audiences

Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline, preferred ALA accredited MLS / MLIS degree and a minimum of five years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Notes to Applicants:
For consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the minimum requirements of the position.

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Additional Details

Clearance: Q
(Position will be cleared to this level.) Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:
The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a pre-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position:
Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to a regular status only with approval of the cognizant Principal Associate Director.

Equal Opportunity:
Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations.  The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-5627.

About LANL

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security.  LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

The Research Library at Los Alamos National Laboratory advances discovery science in support of the Lab mission to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence. Staff members work closely with colleagues within and across teams. The Research Library values strong outreach to Lab scientists and engineers and supports the scholarly communication lifecycle.

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Metadata Librarian, LANL

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