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Metadata Librarian, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

The University of Washington Libraries seeks an enthusiastic and proactive Metadata Librarian to develop and maintain expertise in metadata schemas, standards, and tools, and provide vision and leadership within the department and the Libraries in implementing them.


This position prepares the Libraries for adoption of existing and emerging standards, best practices, and tools, and advises librarians, researchers, and other data owners on the application of established and emerging metadata schemas. This position reports to the Interim Head of Metadata & Cataloging Initiatives Unit, a newly created unit within CAMS. The successful candidate will have the capacity to thrive in an exciting, fluid, future-oriented Libraries environment, and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities. This is a full-time position with a flexible start date.


Specific Responsibilities and Duties

  • Maintains a working knowledge of existing and emerging metadata standards, tools, and best practices, as well as developments in interoperability, with a focus on standards the Libraries currently employ, such as Dublin Core, BIBFRAME, MARCXML, and RDF.
  • Assists in planning and implementing metadata for digital resources, including selection of metadata schemas, standards, data elements, and thesauri.
  • Plays a significant role in selected projects that include data migration, reformatting or repurposing, and choosing appropriate metadata mappings and tools.
  • Helps maintain, develop, implement, and extend the libraries' metadata registry. Contributes to the maintenance of digital content repositories. Communicates about metadata developments to appropriate staff.
  • Creates metadata for digital collections originating within the Libraries, the University, or related consortia and projects.
  • Provides training in metadata creation and data modeling.
  • Creates and contributes to educational programs and resources - such as web pages, information literacy workshops, and classroom instruction - detailing metadata developments.
  • Assists in the development and oversight of workflows for metadata within the department, and writes and maintains documentation. May participate in grants or other projects.



$52,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.



Position will be at rank of Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian, depending on qualifications and background. See the Librarian Personnel Code for librarian rank appointment criteria,



Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax. This is a full time, 12-month appointment.


Anticipated Start Date

While we hope to fill the position by Fall 2019 we are happy to work with the successful candidate to explore opportunities for an earlier or later start date.




  • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
  • Experience working with metadata or cataloging standards and best practices.
  • Experience with authority control, controlled vocabularies, or identity management.
  • Knowledge of current trends and developments in providing metadata.
  • Ability to install, assess, and deploy technology to improve library services.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
  • Evidence of the ability to work with others in a demanding and rapidly changing environment where consultation, collaboration, and cooperation are valued and essential.
  • Evidence of excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.



  • Experience working in detail with at least one major metadata standard.
  • Professional experience with the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative specifications.
  • Professional experience designing and implementing metadata across multiple platforms.
  • Experience with linked data, semantic web applications, ontologies, and RDF.
  • Experience working with digital repository systems and/or digital asset management systems, preferably CONTENTdm and DSpace.
  • Experience with library resource management systems, preferably Ex Libris Alma.
  • Experience using XML tools (XSLT, XML Schema, Schematron, RELAX NG, XQuery, XProc, eXist-db).
  • Knowledge of metadata analysis, transformation tools, and scripting languages for data manipulation (OpenRefine, MarcEdit, Python, Ruby, shell scripting, etc.).


Application Instructions

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The closing date for applications is 11:59pm EST on Monday, June 10To ensure consideration, applications must be completed in Interfolio by this time.

The following documents are required as part of your application for this vacancy:

  • Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Director, Libraries Human Resources)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)
  • List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers and email addresses)
  • Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) Statement*


*UW Libraries Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) Statement Guidelines

Equity is a core value of the UW Libraries and an integral component of the Libraries 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. We aspire to become a truly inclusive and equitable organization. In your application, please include a separate statement of no more than 300 words that describes your potential to support and contribute to the Libraries' commitment to providing equitable services and resources to all people, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status.


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