Metadata Projects Librarian, University of Michigan

The University of Michigan Library in Ann Arbor is one of the largest university library systems in the United States, holding more than 8.5 million volumes. Each year, the University Library with locations across the Ann Arbor campus, adds the equivalent of 2.5 miles of new material to one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of any academic library in the world. Our seminal role in digitization enabled the creation of HathiTrust, a coalition of over 80 libraries with a growing digital collection that currently exceeds 11 million volumes.

The mission of the University Library is to support, enhance, and collaborate in the instructional, research, and service activities of the faculty, students, and staff, and contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge. This mission is accomplished through the provision of the various collections and programs available to patrons of the library system.

The Metadata Project Librarian will play an advisory and coordinating role in the deployment of schema for descriptive metadata and metadata production processes for both internal Library and external University projects. Working with staff in various Library and campus units, the specialist will typically act as part of various teams that include public service/collection staff and technologists and grant applicants. Tasks may include research data analysis, conversion specifications, taxonomy recommendations, implementation planning and coordination (for metadata), identity disambiguation and reconciliation, and implementation support.


  • Work collaboratively with colleagues, advise on, plan and execute the creation or transformation of metadata in support of Library and University projects. This includes:
  • Design, develop and implement Library metadata services
  • Support library subject specialists, providing advice on metadata best practices for University research data curation and other projects as requested
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners, recommending schemas, taxonomies and data values
  • Suggest best practices for metadata entry and transport
  • Offer guidance in cost estimates for budgeting of metadata work
  • Build staff awareness of established and emerging metadata standards, providing training, documentation and environmental scans
  • Create, review and edit metadata in support of Library projects and/or develop workflows for production of Library metadata.

Perform identity disambiguation and reconciliation:

  • ORCID, ISNI and VIAF coordination for local identities
  • Work with NACO liaison to maintain identity data in support of copyright status determination
  • Design and implement a process for normalizing names and their standard identifiers in the Institutional Repository
  • Experiment with linked data and other semantic web modalities in support of identity disambiguation.

Contribute to the Library and profession through communication, education and staff development:

  • Workshops and presentations for University and Library faculty, students and staff
  • Presentations at conferences
  • Publication of scholarly work in professional journals
  • Collaborate with peers to develop and advance the use of metadata best practices.

Required Qualifications*

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience
  • Two years of experience with MARC or other standard metadata records in a production environment
  • Working knowledge of and practical experience with metadata schema already in use plus knowledge of a wide variety of national and international metadata standards
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural and collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and the ability to successfully manage multiple simultaneous projects
  • Demonstrated communication, analysis and negotiation skills.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Successful experience with project management and collaborative program development
  • Experience in providing technical training and writing documentation
  • Two to three years’ experience in a collaborative, cross-functional, team-based environment
  • Demonstrated initiative in developing new ideas and services
  • Experience manipulating linked data.

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

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