Metadata Librarian, University of Virginia Library

Please note: The University of Virginia Library has an expedited hiring process—please apply as soon as possible to be considered for this position.

The University of Virginia Library seeks a Metadata Librarian to accelerate and creatively expand access to scholarly and library-managed resources. We are looking for creative individuals who are excited by the prospect of working in an organization that embraces respect, integrity, inclusion, innovation and collaboration in our work within the University, with peer institutions, and with the worldwide community.  Known for the strength and variety of its collections and leadership in digital initiatives, a staff of 220 manage 11 libraries that serve a vibrant and diverse scholarly community of 15,000 undergraduates, 6,000 graduate students, and 2,000 teaching and research faculty, and visitors from the public and other institutions.

The University of Virginia Library supports the University’s teaching, learning, and research initiatives by collecting, curating, and providing access to millions of resources in numerous languages and formats. The person in this position participates in that mission by working within the Library and the University to ensure appropriate and timely access to materials. Reporting to the Manager of the Metadata Analysis and Design unit, the Metadata Librarian will be responsible for creating and maintaining policies for metadata application, analyzing projects and workflows, positioning the Library to actively participate in linked data initiatives, and engage in creative thinking to imagine new possibilities for metadata management and content discovery. The employee in this position is expected to be current with the community of practice for metadata and discovery, as well as stay abreast of developments within the broader field of metadata librarianship.


Education: Master Degree in Library/Information science or other relevant Master degree.

Required: Demonstrated experience with nationally accepted descriptive, technical, and administrative metadata standards (i.e., MARC, DublinCore, MODS, VRACore, EAD, METS, PREMIS) and their application. Demonstrated ability to analyze projects and advise on course of action. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across groups to achieve objectives. Ability to adapt to evolving project conditions. Ability to learn new metadata applications and content management systems. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills.

Preferred: Project management experience in a work setting. Experience with projects involving linked data/semantic web initiatives. Knowledge of digital repository systems. Knowledge of or ability to learn linked data and semantic web concepts. Familiarity with content standards such as RDA and DACS. Familiarity with emerging trends in resource description and discovery (i.e., BIBFRAME). Familiarity with XML and RDF. Familiarity with metadata and content management systems such as an Integrated Library System, Avalon, and ArchivesSpace. Experience with project management software and ticketing systems (i.e., Microsoft Visio, Confluence, JIRA).

Anticipated Salary: $50,000 – $60,000

Benefits: Come be a part of Charlottesville’s leading employer with a competitive benefits package including multiple options for health insurance (including vision and dental), a minimum of 22 days of leave per year (in addition to 12 or more paid holidays), and a $2,000 annual education benefit (after one year of service). The University of Virginia also offers retirement plans, tax deferred savings plan options with cash match and much more.

To Apply: The University of Virginia Library has an expedited hiring process—please apply as soon as possible to be considered for this position. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. Applicants must apply through the University of Virginia online employment website at, providing cover letter, resume, and contact information for three current, professional references.

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications and nominations from members of underrepresented groups.

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