Metadata Projects Librarian

Rochester, NY


The Metadata Projects Librarian leads the development of creative, sustainable, and interoperable metadata solutions in support of the preservation, discovery, and access of RCL’s rich and unique collections, which includes historical manuscripts, born-digital and digitized archival collections, digital projects, and digital exhibits. Under the direction of the Director, they are responsible for creating, enhancing, and adjusting metadata in a variety of online environments and within a variety of metadata workflows. The Metadata Projects Librarian collaborates with colleagues in the Metadata Services Department creating MARC-based cataloging and catalog maintenance activities, providing expertise in describing digital and electronic resources.

A talented problem solver, the Metadata Projects Librarian serves as an expert partner for faculty, students, staff, and library colleagues to identify and solve a variety of metadata-based problems. This position works closely with colleagues in Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP) and Digital Initiatives (DI) to ensure the robust and sustainable preservation, discovery, and access of our rich analog and digital assets and collections.


  • Provide leadership in the development, execution, and documentation of creative, sustainable, and interoperable metadata practices in support of RCL’s digital collections

  • Support the creation, review, and maintenance of metadata for digital, electronic, and physical collections across the totality of the libraries’ metadata-rich information system infrastructure

  • Create bibliographic metadata for RCL collections materials in accordance with international, national, and local standards, particularly for digital and electronic resources

  • Participate in RCL’s Metadata Outreach program by serving as an expert partner for faculty, students, and staff across the University to identify and solve a variety of metadata-based problems.

Other duties as assigned, including professional development.


  • Master’s degree in Library Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program required

  • Demonstrated experience in metadata creation and metadata management required.

  • Demonstrated experience in bibliographic cataloging creation and management required.

  • 2 years providing library metadata and/or cataloging support or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.

  • Prior experience with library/archives systems such as Alma/Primo, OCLC Connexion, ArchivesSpace, and repositories such as Preservica and Figshare required.

  • Prior knowledge of and experience applying cataloging and metadata standards, such as RDA, DACS, LCSH, LCC, Dublin Core, EAD, MODS, PREMIS, and MARC preferred.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills preferred.

  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills preferred.

  • Experience with metadata and cataloging a wide-variety of traditional and emerging formats, both physical and digital preferred.

  • Experience working in an academic library preferred.

  • Knowledge of and experience in XML creation, editing, and transformation (XSLT) preferred.

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How To Apply


All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 60,000 - $125,000 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

Location: Central Administration
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Opening: Full Time 40 hours Grade 000 Metadata Services