Metadata Analyst (Assistant Librarian)— University of Texas at Austin

Post date: Apr 07, 2020

The University of Texas Libraries seek a collaborative, detail-oriented, and highly motivated individual to support the Libraries in metadata migration and aggregation. The position will make key contributions to grant-funded work towards creating a common discovery and access interface for arts and cultural heritage collections held by partner institutions on the UT campus. Working in close collaboration with project partners and other stakeholders, the Metadata Analyst will conduct comprehensive analyses of metadata from various sources, establish crosswalks to a common metadata schema, and define requirements for metadata display in a public-facing interface. The position will also contribute to grant administrative tasks involving documentation and report writing.

This 3-year term-limited position will report to the Head of Access Systems. It is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation. Please follow this link for the full job posting and to apply: https://utaustin.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UTstaff/job/UT-MAIN-CAMPUS/Metadata-Analyst_R_00008941

The date of first review for this position is Monday, May 18th, 2020.

Responsibilities:

  • Analyze and crosswalk metadata from grant partners for aggregation in a shared discovery portal
  • Provide expertise in collaborative decision-making for descriptive, administrative and technical metadata for UT Libraries’ digital assets, in the context of a digital asset management system upgrade and content migration
  • Coordinate the development of policies, procedures and documentation in support of consistent metadata practice among grant partners
  • Work closely and collaboratively with various units within UT Libraries, primarily Content Management, Digital Stewardship, and Libraries IT, to develop and implement efficient metadata workflows
  • Proactively engage with UT Libraries and grant partners’ staff, as well as project stakeholders among campus staff, faculty, and students, to identify metadata needs and provide metadata training as needed
  • Document decision making, workflows, processes, and technical specifications in shareable format
  • Contribute to collaborative report writing efforts

Research indicates that applicants with marginalized identities are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all the required and preferred qualifications. We want to emphasize that although experience in certain areas is desirable, entry-level candidates who meet the required qualifications, demonstrate excellent promise, and a passion for working with metadata are encouraged to apply and will be given serious consideration. Opportunities for training, mentorship, and support from individuals with a variety of skill sets exist locally, regionally, and nationally.