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  2. Resume
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Job Summary

The University of Michigan Law Library seeks a Cataloging, Metadata & Electronic Resources Librarian to join our highly engaged and collaborative team of librarians dedicated to building and preserving one of the most comprehensive law library collections in the country. This opportunity is an excellent one for librarians interested in developing or strengthening their analytical and administrative skills. 

The University of Michigan Law School has 82 full-time and 57 part-time faculty, and approximately 1,000 J.D., and 50 graduate L.L.M. and S.J.D. students. With over 1 million volumes, the Law Library has one of the world’s premier collections. The Law Library also has one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of foreign, comparative, and international law materials. The University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor, which is considered among the best places in the United States to live and work.


The Cataloging, Metadata & Electronic Resources Librarian is responsible for providing intellectual access to the Law Library’s collection through cataloging library materials and the interrelated areas of electronic resources management and metadata creation.

Primary areas of responsibility include:

  • Cataloging, classification, authority control, metadata, database maintenance:
    • Catalog and re-catalog materials, using RDA and Library of Congress classification, according to national and local standards.  Material may be in any language or format, and usually requires considerable knowledge, experience, analytical ability, and judgment
    • Create resource and bibliographic records for free and licensed content
    • Resolve cataloging and classification issues and document decisions and practices
  • Creating metadata and uploading materials to the Law School institutional repository
  • Participating in electronic resources management, including:
    • Continuing resources management, including identifying and resolving problems relating to complex electronic serials, databases, and subscriptions
    • Licensing, managing, and problem solving for new and existing electronic resources
      • Implements review and signature processes;
      • Monitors existing license expirations and renewals;
      • Creates and links license, vendor, order, bibliographic, and resource records;
      • Manages the Library proxy server, administers passwords, and resolves electronic resource outages;
      • Communicates with vendors and arranges trials;
      • Compiles statistical reports;
      • Orders, registers, and activates new electronic resources
  • Serving as a member of the LMS Committee in addition to other committees and working groups
  • Participating in evening and weekend rotation at the Law Library Reference Desk

Supervision Received: General supervision received from the Head of Scholarly Publishing and Intellectual Access.

Supervision Exercised: This position may supervise librarians and/or staff.

Salary:  $53,000 minimum; salary dependent on education and experience plus a robust benefits package. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree from an A.L.A. accredited school of information or library science
  • Experience with cataloging and metadata creation
  • Experience with library management system administration, reporting, and record creation functions
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, and analytical skills
  • Ability to learn and understand complex Law Library practices and procedures and to apply technology to them
  • Experience working with electronic resources
  • Flexibility and creativity to be effective in a changing environment

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience as a Librarian in an academic or research library
  • Experience cataloging physical and electronic materials in an academic library setting
  • Experience with Innovative Interfaces’ Sierra LMS
  • Proven ability to work effectively with other decision makers
  • Strong problem solving and leadership skills

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.