Metadata Librarian, Kansas State

By IS Lab June 29, 2021

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Kansas State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Background check required.

Metadata Librarian (K-State Libraries)

Apply nowDepartment: 3670003040 Hale Library
Job no: 510987
Employment type: Academic / Faculty – 12 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Administrative / Professional, Library
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role: Kansas State University Libraries seek a creative and committed individual for the position of Metadata Librarian to participate in the entire metadata lifecycle. Reporting to the Head of Metadata, Preservation, and Acquisitions Department, provide leadership and direction in the creation of metadata for the Libraries’ digital, virtual, and physical collections. Collaborate closely with colleagues in the department as well as Special Collections, Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship, and Library Information Technology to achieve access and discovery goals with a focus on digitization and non-MARC metadata projects.

This is a 12-month, full-time tenure-track academic appointment carrying full faculty status and responsibilities including scholarship and service to meet both the Libraries’ and the University’s requirements for tenure and promotion.  To be successful in this position, the incumbent must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills to establish and maintain productive working relationships with colleagues in an environment where flexibility and collaboration are essential.  The ideal candidate will possess strong technical skills to further and enhance metadata across the Libraries.


  • Provide expertise on metadata schemas, technical details, and best practices for increasing access and discovery of collections
  • Manage, train, and direct others in resource description and metadata management
  • Participate in digital preservation activities
  • Support inclusion, diversity, equity, and access as we seek to reduce institutional biases found in metadata work
  • Participate in special projects as needed
  • Create and maintain effective documentation on metadata and guidelines for application
  • Ability to pursue activities and meet responsibilities necessary for achieving tenure at Kansas State University Libraries including research/creative activities and participation in professional development activities and professional organizations.
Why Join Us: Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit: 
We Support Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion.  The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.
What You’ll Need to Succeed: Minimum Qualifications:

  • MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA accredited institution
  • Experience applying descriptive standards (MODS, Dublin Core, EAD, METS, etc.)
  • Knowledge of best practices and trends in metadata and cataloging
  • Working knowledge of XML and XSLT
  • Aptitude for complex analytical work with attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to use technology in creative ways to solve problems and create efficiencies

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Cataloging/metadata experience in an academic library
  • Knowledge of principles of cataloging, subject analysis, classification, and authority control with the ability to apply those principles using the appropriate standards including but not limited to RDA, DACS, LCSH, LCC, Library of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements, MARC21, and FRBR and other emerging standards
  • Demonstrated experience planning and leading projects
  • Experience with OCLC Connexion and an integrated library system
  • Experience with a digital asset management system (Islandora, DSpace, etc.)

Other Requirements:

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply: Combine the following documents into a single PDF file and upload it along with your completed application:

  1. Letter of application. To greatly strengthen your application, please apply your communication skills to clearly address the position responsibilities and qualifications listed above, and demonstrate how your work style, vision, and other distinctive qualities would enhance our organization
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Names and contact information for three professional references
Review of Applications Begins: Immediately. For best consideration, apply by July 16, 2021.
Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.
Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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