Archives & Special Collections Metadata Librarian – University of Minnesota


Job Title
Archives & Special Collections Metadata Librarian (UL335)
Job ID
Twin Cities
Full/Part Time


This is a full time, 12-month, continuous track, academic professional position with probationary appointment at the Assistant Librarian level. The Libraries offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits, and a substantial moving allowance

Required Qualifications

 American Library Association accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science or equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience.

— One to three years original cataloging experience, applying current standards and systems including AACR2, RDA, Library of Congress Classification, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and OCLC Connexion and library management and discovery systems.

— Experience with principles of authority control, including selecting and applying controlled vocabularies and ontologies.

— Bibliographic knowledge of one or more foreign languages.

— Excellent oral and written communication, presentation, interpersonal skills, and ability to work effectively both independently and in cooperation with colleagues in a service-oriented, collaborative environment.


Preferred Qualifications

—  Original cataloging experience with special collections and archives materials, utilizing relevant descriptive and encoding standards such as  DCRM, DACS, RBMS Thesauri, and EAD.

— Experience cataloging serials or other non-book formats and/or experience creating metadata for digital objects.

— Awareness/familiarity with existing and emerging metadata standards and schemes, such as RDF, XML, Dublin Core, linked data, and BIBFRAME.

— Experience or training in cataloging for the BIBCO or NACO programs.

— Demonstrated ability to plan and lead projects and manage workflows.

— Experience in the design and integration of new technologies into cataloging & metadata services.

— Evidence of ability to contribute to librarianship, research, and service and the capacity for leadership within the profession.

— Reading knowledge of one or more of the following languages or language groups: Slavic, Eastern European, Arabic, Hebrew, South Asian.

About the Job

Archives & Special Collections Metadata Librarian (UL335)

Position Summary

The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks an energetic, innovative, service-oriented and collaborative professional to serve as Archives and Special Collections Metadata Librarian.  The ideal candidate provides intellectual access for materials held in the various units of the Archives and Special Collections Department and in digital repositories, by performing original and complex copy cataloging using descriptive standards such as Resource Description and Access (RDA), Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM), and Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS), and utilizing a variety of encoding standards such as MARC, Dublin Core, MODS and Encoded Archival Description (EAD).   Metadata librarians work with the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services in coordinating metadata projects, training and mentoring support staff within the unit, and writing documentation.  The position may also assist with high priority original cataloging for the general collections, particularly serial materials, as needed.  The librarian will also contribute to the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement, as he or she works toward continuous appointment status.  This position reports to the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services in the Data Management & Access Department.

About the Department

Departmental Description

The Data Management & Access Department (DMA) has a diverse portfolio of responsibilities.  As a department in the Data & Technology Division, DMA provides leadership, consultative services, and practical application of metadata content standards and schema for discovery and access of Libraries’ materials and resources.  The department provides operational leadership for the Libraries’ enterprise integrated library system (Alma), technical leadership for our discovery system (Primo), and expertise and direction for Alma analytics, reporting and the systematic collection and analysis of organizational data for the Libraries.  Department staff are actively involved in the national initiatives of the Library of Congress Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), including BIBCO, NACO, SACO, as well as BIBFRAME, and committee activities in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), and Ex Libris users’ groups (ELUNA and IgeLU).

Metadata Librarians in DMA support discovery of resources in all formats via creation or transformation of metadata for physical and digital resources acquired and managed by the Libraries.  They are expected to lead, actively engage and collaborate with appropriate Libraries and University system campus libraries staff in establishing and implementing metadata policy and best practices.

Archives and special collections cataloging staff work closely with curators and archivists in the Archives and Special Collections (“ASC”) department.  ASC is home to the University of Minnesota’s collections of rare books, personal papers and organizational archives.

The University of Minnesota is located in the center of the Twin Cities metropolitan area (  The Twin Cities are known for offering vibrant cultural programming through numerous arts venues, extensive park and recreational systems, and an engaged and diverse community.

How To Apply

To Apply

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Complete an application, and attach aresume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three current professional references.  Please identify cover letter with UL335.  Offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.


About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research.  Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.