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Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant University community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the University’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

As part of Technical Services, the unit that provides support for the library’s vast collections, the Metadata Services group maintains data within the systems that connect the collections and services that the library provides to the users in our community. The group accomplishes this goal through activities such as reviewing copyright, resolving outages of electronic resources, and updating records.

The Metadata Assistant is a key member of the library’s commitment to providing access to library resources.This position ensures access to electronic resources through creating and maintaining knowledge bases as well as resolving outages. This position ensures access to physical resources through maintaining name and subject headings in the library’s catalog. This position also contributes to the usage consistency of name/identity and subject headings in the library’s discovery tools.

The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work.


  • Investigate and resolve outages and suspected breaches of electronic resources.

  • Review reports of vendor-supplied bibliographic records.

  • Perform maintenance in the Integrated Library System (ILS), as necessary.

  • Participate in record consistency management activities, such as updating headings in catalog records to match authorized forms.

  • Participate in metadata migration maintenance projects.

  • Create, update, and delete bibliographic, holdings, and items records as needed.

  • Collaborate with library colleagues to advance Metadata Services and Technical Services operations.

  • Participate in relevant staff development opportunities and share the acquired knowledge with colleagues.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education.

  • A strong commitment to providing excellent customer service.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, either independently or as part of a team, with culturally diverse colleagues to achieve unit objectives.

  • Demonstrated ability to work accurately and quickly, with the flexibility to work under frequently changing work patterns.

  • Experience solving complex problems related to databases and web resources.

  • Understanding and value of diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through applying and incorporating the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Knowledge of national and international metadata standards and schemas, including MARC, AACR2, RDA, and other Library of Congress standards.

  • Experience working with online discovery systems, databases, and web resources in a networked environment; preferably within an integrated library system, library management system or electronic resources management system.

  • Reading knowledge of one non-English, Western European language.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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