The University of Alabama Libraries seeks applications and nominations for an innovative, collaborative, and tech-savvy Coordinator of Metadata. This position reports to the Head of Resource Acquisition & Discovery and actively contributes to the management of the department. The position provides leadership, support, project management, and workflow analysis for a unit consisting of faculty and staff who are responsible for original, complex and copy cataloging, metadata creation and remediation, and authority control in MARC and BIBFRAME. The unit is also actively engaged in a collaborative fashion in projects related to Special Collections, Digital Humanities, Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), the Institutional Repository, and digital library projects which require supervisory skills of Dublin Core, Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), and other metadata issues.


  • At least 5 years post-MLS cataloging and/or metadata experience in an academic library.
  • Supervisory experience with professional staff and/or faculty, including direct involvement with establishing goals, evaluating employees, developing job descriptions, and analyzing workflows.
  • Experience with cataloging materials, both original and complex copy cataloging, with significant knowledge of and ability to apply cataloging tools (RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LCC, FAST headings, and MARC21 formats) for bibliographic and authority data.
  • Experience with bulk importing and exporting of metadata records.
  • Knowledge of linked data and semantic web tools and frameworks such as BIBFRAME, RDF, OWL, SKOS, and SPARQL.
  • Experience effectively explaining metadata concepts to non-technical audiences and collaborating on projects extending beyond metadata.
  • Experience developing cataloging/metadata policies and creating documentation to improve communication and processes.
  • Knowledge of and experience with tools and services that support cataloging and metadata functions such as OCLC, MarcEdit, library services platforms, and relevant scripting environments.
  • Experience manipulating data using Access, Excel, SQL, VBA, etc.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of supporting librarians and staff through active personnel management and promotion of diversity and inclusion within the work place.
  • Ability to meet tenure requirements in a research library, with a focus on research and publication, and a demonstrated research agenda aligned with relevant aspects of the position.


  • Five years of recent cataloging/metadata and supervisory experience in an academic or research library.
  • Experience with a national cooperative cataloging program such as the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), NACO, BIBCO, CONSER or SACO.
  • Knowledge of Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).
  • Experience with data migration and data analysis in libraries.
  • Knowledge of and experience using metadata schemas and encoding initiatives including Dublin Core, MODS, and TEI and willingness to learn additional ones as needed.
  • Experience providing metadata consultation and services related to digital projects, institutional repositories, and ETD’s, etc. that are not managed by the metadata unit.
  • Working knowledge of the processes and tools used in library acquisitions, electronic resource management, and knowledge bases.
  • Experience establishing workflows and production levels for faculty librarians and staff.
  • Experience performing detailed annual evaluations for faculty librarians and staff.
  • Experience managing librarians, both tenure and non-tenure track, and staff.
  • Experience working with collaborative projects to increase usage of physical and electronic materials by making them more discoverable and accessible.
  • Experience cataloging a wide range of print and non-print materials in various formats.
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