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Metadata Librarian - Baylor University - Waco, TX


The Baylor University Libraries seek to hire a full-time Metadata Librarian. The Metadata Librarian creates, maintains, and enriches the metadata for Baylor’s digital collections. They serve in a critical role for making our collections discoverable and accessible using tools such as the library services platform (Alma), discovery service (Primo), and digital asset management systems (DSpace and Quartex). They work collaboratively with the personnel in special collections and the Digitization and Digital Preservation group in support of metadata needs and best practices for digital projects, publishing, and digital collection platforms and repositories. They bring and advocate for an inclusive, anti-racist, and anti-bias lens to the work of describing and creating access points to information resources, information platforms, algorithms, and systems. This is an academic professional position with faculty status that reports to the Director for Cataloging and Metadata Services in Library Collections, Systems, and Digital Services.

The Baylor University Libraries support teaching, learning and research at Baylor University, and consist of the Moody and Jones Libraries; Armstrong Browning Library; Arts & Special Collections Research Center; Institute for Oral History; Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society; Library and Academic Technology Services; W. R. Poage Legislative Library; and Texas Collection with over 2.5 million volumes, significant holdings in e-journals, e-books, databases, and other digital content (

The Baylor University Libraries commit to increase diversity and recognize, value, respect, and empower all members of our community. We actively challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We commit to a policy of equal opportunity to resources, services, and spaces for all persons. The library is a place where differences are welcomed, people are nurtured, all perspectives are heard, and every individual feels a sense of belonging (

To learn more about the above position, the university library, and Baylor University, please visit the appropriate URL: candidates receiving their degree by June 2022will be considered. Candidates with the Applications should be received by April 4, 2022for full consideration.

Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is the oldest college in Texas. With a population of around 21,000 students, Baylor is one of the top universities in the nation, having just been named anR1 institution by the Carnegie Classification in 2022. Baylor is also on the honor roll of the "Great Colleges to Work For" from TheChronicle of Higher Education. Baylor offers competitive salaries and benefits while giving faculty and staff the chance to live in one of the fastest-growing parts of the state. Our strategic plan, Illuminate, guides the University as we continue to live up to Baylor's mission of educating men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. EEO/M/F/Vets/Disabled



  • Provides leadership, support, and training in metadata creation, maintenance and enhancement for digital collections in collaboration with others
  • Develops approaches to ensure the quality and consistency of metadata in the library’s core systems (Alma, DSpace, and Quartex) and collection-specific guidelines and documentation
  • Manipulates and transforms data in commonly used bibliographic and descriptive formats for batch loading and analysis
  • Works closely with appropriate personnel on library systems interoperability and functionality, such as OAI-PMH, metadata crosswalks, etc.
  • Works on shared projects and initiatives that contribute to the customization, enhancement, and evaluation of the library's discovery service (Primo)
  • Collaborates with other library personnel in developing workflows and guidelines for current and emerging digital formats by keeping current with trends, innovations, and best practices affecting library metadata and digital collections
  • Meets university expectations for scholarship and service, including active participation in local, regional, national, and international organizations



  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program or a recognized equivalent program (well-qualified candidates receiving their degree by June 2022 will also be considered)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to interact effectively with diverse personalities and perspectives
  • Eagerness to learn emerging and evolving technologies on a continual basis
  • Relevant practical experience with non-MARC metadata in a library environment, as well as working knowledge of the MARC standard
  • Understanding of integration and interoperability of library systems, repositories, websites, and research platforms, such as OAI-PMH
  • Familiarity with Dublin Core and XML-based standards such as EAD and PREMIS
  • Knowledge of current bibliographic standards and models such as RDA, LCSH, LCGFT, and catalog management procedures/techniques
  • Working knowledge of OCLC cataloging utilities, library services platforms (Alma preferred), and digital asset management systems
  • Strong organizational skills demonstrated by the ability to direct multiple tasks and projects
  • Strong commitment to serving constituents and the larger community


  • Ability to see the big picture and implement specific, granular solutions
  • Experience with repository and digital asset management systems such as DSpace, Quartex, CONTENTdm, Digital Commons, Fedora, etc.
  • Knowledge of data manipulation tools, such as OpenRefine, PyMARC, MarcEdit, etc.
  • Experience with Python, PERL, or other scripting language
  • Knowledge of copyright, licensing, and rights management issue as they relate to library digital collections
  • Project management experience
  • Familiarity with archival practices and digitization workflow
  • Recent professional or paraprofessional experience in library technical services