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Assistant Metadata Librarian for Latin American Resources, University of Texas, Austin, TX

The Metadata Librarian for Latin American Resources provides expertise to support all processes and workflows for resource description of the Libraries' physical and digital Spanish-language collections.


Job Details:

The University of Texas Libraries welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we promote diversity in our collections and services, as well as in our recruiting, hiring, and retention practices.

Please note that the date of first review for this position will be Monday, December 2, 2019.



  • Creates descriptive metadata for digital content and participates in migration of legacy content to new platforms. Recommends appropriate metadata standards, develops workflows, and creates processes and pathways for certifying the quality control of metadata created by others. May provide metadata consultation and project analysis services for faculty and other colleagues in support of digital scholarship techniques in learning, teaching, and research. Trains other library staff on development of descriptive metadata for digitized material.

  • Provides original description and complex copy cataloging of all formats of library materials. Creates, edits, and maintains bibliographic and authority records that adhere to current standards.

  • Undertakes project-based work as required to accommodate wider policy and procedural changes.

  • Maintains awareness of emerging technologies, standards, and best practices in resource description for physical and digital content.


Required Qualifications

ALA-accredited master's degree in library science or equivalent. Professional working proficiency in Spanish. Knowledge of Latin American history and culture. Experience working with metadata standards and schemas (e.g. Dublin Core, MODs, EAD, XML, HTML). Demonstrated experience creating and applying descriptive metadata for digital content. Experience with metadata transformation and remediation tools and techniques (e.g. Oxygen, MARCEdit, PyMARC, OpenRefine, XSLT, and/or scripting languages).  Experience working with digital repositories. Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills. Outstanding attention to detail and thoroughness. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of a team. Demonstrated creative problem-solving abilities, initiative, perseverance, and intellectual curiosity. Capacity to adjust and thrive in an evolving, future-oriented environment and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities. Commitment to a diverse academic community, and an understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.


Preferred Qualifications

Professional working proficiency in Portuguese. Familiarity with archival collections and best practices related to their description. Knowledge of linked data best practices and standards (RDF, SPARQL). Application of linked data and semantic web technologies. Knowledge of integrated library service platforms and online bibliographic utilities. Understanding of issues involved in developing, licensing, maintaining, and/or delivering digital collections of various types. Experience providing original and complete copy cataloging of all library materials adhering to current cataloging standards (RDA). Experience cataloging under PCC, BIBCO, and/or CONSER. Competence for successfully shepherding a variety of projects associated with cataloging and metadata operations in an academic library. Experience creating and managing projects. Knowledge of next-generation information discovery systems. Experience with Alma library services platform. Aptitude to effectively supervise, train, and motivate employees.


Salary Range

$50,000 + depending on qualifications

Work Shift

  • Monday - Friday between 7am-6pm as arranged with supervisor


Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest


During your application, Workday will prompt you to answer the following supplementary questions:

  • Please describe your experience with non-Marc metadata creation and application. What standards are you proficient with and how have you applied them in your work?

  • Please describe your experience with using library and/or repository discovery systems to locate records, create metadata, and perform cataloging activities.

  • Please tell us about your language skills. How proficient are you in Spanish and what qualifications do you have with respect to this language?

  • The person in this position must show initiative, capably manage complex workflows, and problem solve. Please describe how you have demonstrated these qualities.


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The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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