Metadata Librarian (Digital Projects)

Priority consideration given to applications submitted by February 25, 2023

The UMKC Libraries are seeking a collaborative individual responsible for managing and overseeing digital collections and digital exhibits metadata projects, training, documentation, and workflows, and quality control. The Metadata Librarian leads in all metadata aspects for projects, repository configurations, and digital project grants, providing input, training, documentation, and feedback, as appropriate. This position is a 12-month, non-tenure track, ranked benefit-eligible faculty librarian appointment, fully remote or hybrid eligible, has supervisory responsibilities, and reports to the Head of Digital Projects, a department within the Division of Special Collections and Archives.

Primary duties and responsibilities include:

  • In collaboration with colleagues in the Division and across the UM System, leads the evaluation, selection, design, and application of metadata schemas and techniques, standards, application profiles, and thesauri to provide access to digital collections.
  • Provides metadata for digital collections according to national and local standards and guidelines, including performing complex subject and content analysis of each item according to national standards using Library of Congress Subject Headings, Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms, and more.
  • Creates workflows for, and quality checks, digital exhibits metadata. Oversees metadata design, templates, and implementation of records for digital exhibits.
  • Performs metadata quality control, reconciliation and ethical remediation, and transformations of large batches of metadata to support digital projects and system migration efforts.
  • Specific emphasis on ensuring metadata meets diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) principles and evolving practices in digital librarianship.
  • Provides consultation and training with faculty and graduate students, as needed, for special projects and collaborations.
  • Provides input related to metadata design and workflows in grant proposals.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS, MSLS, MLIS, etc.) from an ALA-accredited or equivalent program or a graduate degree in an appropriate discipline (history, archival management, or related area);
  • Experience working with digital collections metadata or performing cataloging functions;
  • Familiarity with a variety of metadata standards and controlled vocabularies, such as LCSH, METS, MODS, Dublin Core, XML, or RDF;
  • Experience working with digital asset management, digital repository, and/or digital library systems (e.g., Islandora, DSpace, Omeka, CONTENTdm);
  • Demonstrated past experience with, or the ability to learn, practices which automate repetitive data manipulation and normalization through tools and techniques such as Open Refine for data-parsing; and skills such as XSLT or scripting to transform and remediate metadata;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, in teams that encompass a range of roles and knowledge;
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex technical ideas to others and in written documentation;
  • Demonstrated commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion;
  • Potential to meet promotion requirements in non-tenure track appointment, evidenced through service, research, leadership, innovation, and/or professional development.

Full Time/Part Time

This is a full-time, benefit-eligible, 12 month, ranked, non-tenure track faculty position. (See the Promotion and Appointments Criteria for rank specifications.)

Salary

The minimum salaries for ranks are: Librarian I $50,000, Librarian II $52,500, Librarian III $57,500, and Librarian IV $65,000. Please note that these are minimum salaries, not ranges. Salaries are negotiable and commensurate with experience (University of Missouri Salary Report).

UMKC offers an excellent retirement/benefits package and work schedules that promote a positive work/life balance.

Application Deadline

Applications received by February 5, 2023, will be given priority consideration. Position remains open until filled.

Application Instructions

Application materials must be submitted online at UMKC Human Resources. Click View Jobs and search for ID 45122 to apply. Applicants must combine all application materials (personal letter of interest with accompanying curriculum vitae, and a list of 3 references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.). 

For questions about how applicants apply, please call (816) 235-1621, or if you are experiencing technical problems, please call (855) 524-0002.

You may address your cover letter to: Megan Oliver, Search Committee Chair. For all inquiries about the position, please contact 816-235-1531 or umkcula@umkc.edu.


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Special Collections & Archives at UMKC University Libraries

The UMKC University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives (SCA) division consists of LaBudde Special Collections, Marr Sound Archives, University Archives, Cataloging & Metadata Management, and Digital Projects. SCA’s primary source materials are rich in the humanities, particularly in local performing arts, LGBTQ communities, social services organizations, and jazz as well as Kansas-Missouri late 19th century Western Americana and national radio broadcasts from the 1930s-1960s. Prominent collections include the Edgar Parks Snow PapersStarr Women’s Hall of Fame inductee collections, Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-AmericaJ. David Goldin Radio CollectionRaymond Scott CollectionSheet Music Collection, and Victorian Studio Portrait Collection.  SCA supports a major component of teaching and learning in the humanities, arts, and social sciences through the use of primary source materials; provides high impact learning experiences to a broad range of students including the development of national award-winning student-curated exhibits; and directly supports undergraduate research initiatives.

Our university is committed to becoming a model urban university that is recognized for our partnerships with diverse communities to effectively foster a healthy, safe, more economically secure and socially just quality of life.

A City on the Rise:  Big City Life and Midwest Charm, Kansas City offers the best of both worlds – a vibrant, urban community with midwestern appeal at an affordable cost of living. The university is located in a Kansas City metropolitan area that is among the most entrepreneurial cities in America with a population of more than 2.4 million. Our UMKC campuses are centered in the hubs of business activity, cultural arts, (some great barbeque and ethnic cuisine!) and health science research engagement for both the Volker and Health Sciences campuses. Our community boasts championship professional athletic teams, NASCAR racing, and a rich history of music and performing arts. Our beautiful state provides rivers, lakes, biking/hiking trails and mountains for outdoor enthusiasts all within an easy drive.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor – Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.

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UMKC Statement on Diversity

 The University Libraries are fully committed to equity and creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of learning, diversity, integrity, accountability, respect, and collaboration.

Roos Advocate for Community Change 

Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.  

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.  

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion 

Annual Report 

Multicultural Student Affairs

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EXHIBIT DISPLAY TABLES

Case dimensions: 5’ long x 30” wide x 9” high sitting atop 3’ legs

Glass exhibit table

FIRST FLOOR GALLERY

The First Floor Gallery is located just inside the main entrance of the Miller Nichols Library.

Wall with exhibit content