Metadata Specialist Coordinator - University of MD, College Park

Location: USA - MD - College Park

Title: Coordinator (Metadata Specialist Coordinator)
Category: Exempt, Regular
Department: Discovery and Metadata Services
Benefits: 22 Days Annual Leave, 15 Days of Sick Leave, 3 Days Personal Leave, 15 Paid Holidays, Tuition Remission, Health, Dental, Vision, and Prescription

As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty of the flagship College Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Its role as a key academic resource is evident in its service to the academic community and its actionable strategic plan. Recent membership in the Big Ten Academic Alliance is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.

The Metadata Specialist Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and managing activities related to complex problem solving, database corrections, metadata enhancement and quality control, and advanced copy and original cataloging of collections at University of Maryland Libraries. The Metadata Specialist applies relevant national, University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI), and local policies related to bibliographic database corrections, advanced copy cataloging, and quality control in catalogUSMAI, WorldCat, the WorldCat knowledge base, Digital Collections, and various digital library systems. The incumbent will work with library resources in all subjects, in various languages, and in a variety of formats, both tangible and electronic. The Metadata Specialist maintains the accuracy of bibliographic description and holdings information and ensures discovery and access of print and electronic materials.

Reporting to the Head of Discovery and Metadata Services, the Metadata Specialist Coordinator will partcipate in the planning and implementation of policies, workflows, and special projects to achieve departmental goals and objectives. The Metadata Specialist manages multiple workflows from different sources and with competing priorities. The incumbent may participate in committees and group activities in the department, division, and University Libraries.

Physical Demands

  • Able to work for extended periods at a computer screen using a graphical user interface, in a multiple window environment with a variety of font sizes
  • Able to maintain sustained concentration with detailed work
  • Moderate physical activity is required for lifting books, pushing book trucks, and packing/disposing of materials
  • Able to lift heavy materials, work with dusty materials, and carefully handle materials in poor condition
  • Requires traveling to other buildings on campus and working in a variety of situations


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Five years progressively responsible relevant experience in an academic or research library in bibliographic database management, copy cataloging, or activities related to the primary duties of the position
  • Proficiency with searching and retrieving bibliographic records in integrated library systems
  • Proficiency with the Windows interface, desktop computer applications, and a major email client
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products, including Excel
  • Able to work in the environment described in “Physical Demands”
  • Able to take direction, as well as work independently, as part of a unit and department in a production-oriented, quality focused, dynamic environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Evidence of strong customer service orientation

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APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at  No relocation assistance will be provided.  You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment.  An application consists of a cover letter which includes the source of advertisement, a resume, and names/e-mail addresses of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until 12/09/2018.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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