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A complete application requires you upload all of the following documents as one PDF when you apply for the position:

1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. Names and contact information for three people who have supervised your work; indicate professional relationship with each

Job Summary

This position will collaborate with other Librarians and staff on resolving issues related to the discovery of library materials, providing intellectual access to the collections and scholarly output of the law school, and contributing to the completion of library-wide projects and initiatives.

The Metadata Librarian will focus on creating, maintaining, and enriching metadata representing the Library’s digital and physical collections. This position is also responsible for working in coordination to establish best practices, standards, and procedures for metadata and/or cataloging across the library. If the selected candidate has only limited cataloging experience they will be encouraged and supported to develop the necessary skills through training and educational opportunities.

The University of Michigan Law School has approximately 150 full and part-time faculty, and nearly 1,000 J.D., 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.

At Michigan Law, we view our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as central to our mission as an educational institution and we seek to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment. We believe that diversity is key to individual flourishing, educational excellence, and the advancement of knowledge and we maintain a deep commitment to fostering a diverse community in which all students, staff, and faculty learn and work in an atmosphere of inclusion and respect.


  • Actively participate in planning and performing work relating to description, discovery, access, retrieval, and management of objects in the Integrated Library Students (ILS), discovery layer, and digital repository systems. Advise on the application of appropriate current and emerging cataloging/metadata schema to facilitate access to digital resources and physical collections.
  • Apply metadata according to library designated standards with understanding of system capabilities and implications to enhance discoverability of library and other materials in multiple formats; materials may include print, microform, and electronic resources.
  • Using inclusive description practices, provide original or copy cataloging of materials in all formats, subjects, and languages for which there is competence.  This includes performing related research as necessary, to assign descriptive and subject access points.
  • Monitor emerging trends, innovations, and best practices related to metadata/cataloging standards (e.g. RDA, BIBFRAME, RDF, etc).
  • Ensure continued adoption of evolving metadata processes and inclusive description practices; provide leadership in making efficient and innovative use of available tools and technologies relevant to description workflows.
  • Participate in unit and library-wide work, projects, and problem-solving, including as a member of committees or working groups, as assigned.
  • Fill in for other librarians and provide back-up supervision for unit functions during vacation and other absences, as needed.
  • Participate in the evening and weekend rotation at the Information Desk.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree from an ALA accredited school of information or library science.
  • Experience with creating and manipulating metadata.
  • Experience with a Library Management System (LMS)  or ILS system (e.g. Innovative’s Sierra).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to work with others in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of a variety of metadata standards and schema.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, problem solving, and decision making skills.
  • Aptitude for learning new technologies and metadata standards.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends at the Information Desk on a rotating basis.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Cataloging or technical services experience in an academic or research library.
  • Experience with cataloging and classification standards such as RDA, Library of Congress Classification, MARC.
  • Experience with original and complex copy cataloging of resources in a variety of formats and languages, including work with authority control.
  • Working knowledge of a non-roman foreign language.
  • Familiarity with data transformation tools (OpenRefine, MarcEdit, Python, etc).
  • Knowledge of BIBFRAME, linked data, wikidata, or other semantic web concepts.
  • Understanding of linked data principles, including Resource Description Framework (RDF) and ontologies.
  • Familiarity with one or more of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging’s (PCC) constituent programs: NACO, SACO, CONSER, BIBCO.

Underfill Statement

This position may be filled at either the Associate Librarian or Assistant Librarian level, depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Additional Information

Supervision Received: This position will report to the Assistant Director of Scholarly Publishing & Information Services.

Supervision Exercised: None at this time, though Librarians may supervise full-time staff, temporary student staff, or other Librarians.

Salary: $62,000 minimum; salary dependent on education and experience. The university offers an excellent benefits and wellness package. Additional support is available for professional development activities.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended. Applications accepted until November 3, 2021. Applications considered upon receipt. 

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


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