Digital Collections Metadata Librarian

University of Oregon

Digital Collections Metadata Librarian

Job no: 532219

Work type: Faculty – Career

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Development, Library

Department: Library
Rank: Assistant or Associate Librarian
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Salary: $58,000 – $76,000 per year

Review of Applications Begins

August 14, 2023; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

To ensure consideration for the position, please include with your online application:
1. a cover letter stating your interest and qualifications for the position, and
2. current resume, which includes dates of employment.

Department Summary

About the University:
The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls over 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. The University of Oregon is guided by a diversity framework that involves a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s 295-acre campus features state-of-the-art facilities in an arboretum-like setting within the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 157,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant year-round climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.

About the University of Oregon Libraries
The University of Oregon Libraries is an essential partner in the University’s educational, research, and public service mission. With five locations on the Eugene campus and branches at UO Portland and at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the Libraries offer many flexible, service- and technology-rich environments for our users’ research and learning needs. The UO Libraries is committed to supporting and enhancing the diversity of the university community, to providing a culturally inclusive environment where diversity of thought and expression is valued and respected, and to disrupting systemic inequalities. With a focus on equity in service, we strive to create a powerful learning community, a welcoming space where faculty, students, and patrons of all ages and cultural and ethnic backgrounds can access the information necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals. Our mission is to actively support the student learning experience, enable the creation and stewardship of knowledge, and contribute to advancements in teaching, research, scholarship, and public service. We value intellectual freedom, user-centered service, evidence-based approaches, transparency, innovation, teamwork, diversity, and integrity.

The University of Oregon Libraries is the only Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member in Oregon. The library is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, SPARC, Center for Research Libraries, DuraSpace, the Council on Library and Information Resources, Coalition for Networked Information, EDUCAUSE, and other major organizations. For more information about the UO Libraries, go to

About Digital Library Services
The Digital Library Services (DLS) department is the center for the production and dissemination of digitized holdings from the Libraries, University and state partners, and contributes to the acquisition and development of technologies to support the discovery and preservation of these materials. DLS is a highly collaborative environment, providing stewardship for digitized assets throughout their lifecycle, from creation, metadata application, ingest, and discovery, through long-term preservation. Working closely with other Library departments, campus, state, and regional partners, DLS staff apply their expertise in project management, digital collection management, copyright, exhibit curation, digitization and capture, descriptive metadata, linked open data, information architecture, user interface design, accessibility, and digital preservation to aid the Libraries’ mission and positively impact the university and the state of Oregon.

Position Summary

The University of Oregon Libraries is seeking a Digital Collections Metadata Librarian to provide strategic leadership and management of digital collections metadata, including consultation, design, training, and development of services and initiatives to facilitate the use of digital assets in research and education. This position provides expertise in information architecture and data modeling, data interoperability, metadata best practices, and evolving trends and technologies related to metadata in digital collections and digital projects. It coordinates the selection and implementation of relevant metadata standards, linked open data sources, ontologies, and taxonomies, and develops and documents local policies, critical cataloging methods, and workflows. The Digital Collections Metadata Librarian creates original descriptive metadata and enhances local and external authorities and controlled vocabularies to support metadata interoperability between Aviary and ArchivesSpace, DSpace, Alma/Primo, and Oregon Digital, a joint Samvera-based digital asset management system with the Oregon State University Library, which contributes assets to the Digital Public Library of America, the Mountain West Digital Library, the Orbis Cascade Alliance, Northwest Digital Heritage, JSTOR Community Collections, and Wikimedia. The position provides metadata training to individuals and groups across the Libraries, as well as faculty, staff, and students at UO, and state and regional partners.

This position participates in appropriate professional development and service activities to stay current with trends and practices in the field and to meet the criteria for promotion and retention. Contributes to the advancement of the Libraries’ mission and strategic directions related to issues of equity, inclusion, accessibility, and social justice.

We are aware that some people are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every qualification in the job description including the preferred qualifications. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and recognize that a successful candidate may come from a less traditional career trajectory, such as having skills and abilities gained outside a classroom context, or an equivalent skill set. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our preferred qualifications.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum qualifications for the rank of Assistant Librarian:

  • Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Two years minimum experience cataloging in metadata standards and authority control (e.g. Dublin Core, MODS, VRA Core, EAD, DACs, etc.)Minimum qualifications for the rank of Associate Librarian:
  • Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Two years minimum experience cataloging in metadata standards and authority control (e.g. Dublin Core, MODS, VRA Core, EAD, DACs, etc.)
  • Six (6) years of post-MLIS (or the international equivalent) of progressively responsible library leadership experience in an academic or research library, including supervisory experienceProfessional Competencies
  • Demonstrated proficiency in managing metadata for cultural heritage objects across multiple collections and digital platforms.
  • Demonstrated capability using applications, APIs, scripts, and other data manipulation tools to process metadata.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, collegial, and analytical skills suitable for a team environment.
  • Knowledge of the complete lifecycle of digital objects, collections, and projects.
  • Excellent project management and problem-solving skills, with the ability to manage workload, priorities, and deadlines to achieve goals.
  • Demonstrated experience creating workflows, policies, guidelines, and other documentation for metadata-related projects.
  • Ability to evaluate, improve, and optimize the workflow of digital projects and metadata implementation.
  • Knowledge of Linked Data and its application to library and cultural heritage projects, utilizing current standards, tools, and best practices.
  • Demonstrated experience making evidence-based decisions.Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with Samvera-based DAMS.
  • Experience supervising and training library faculty, staff, or students.
  • Experience developing digital collection services and initiatives.
  • Knowledge of critical cataloging methodologies.
  • Working knowledge of digital scholarship strategies and tools.The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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