University Of Tennessee Libraries Faculty Vacancy

Position: Metadata Librarian

Appointment Rank:	Assistant or Associate Professor

Salary: $42,000.00 minimum

Available: January 1, 2006

Are you creative and energetic? Are professional growth and change important to you? Do you want to work in a team-based academic library environment?  If so, consider a position at the UT Libraries.  East Tennesseans benefit from affordable housing, excellent outdoor recreational facilities at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, mild weather, friendly citizens, and a thriving and vibrant art community. 

The Metadata Librarian provides leadership for the University of Tennessee Libraries on all metadata issues, coordinates with constituencies inside and outside the libraries on these issues, is the resident authority for metadata and digitization standards, and helps establish and implement policies for the libraries.  The Metadata Librarian reports to the Head of Technical Services and Digital Access and is a member of that Team.  The librarian is a member of the Digital Library Center's Steering Committee, which selects the digital projects.  The librarian works closely with the Digital Initiatives Coordinator and the Digital Library Programmer, who are based in the Library Technology Services, in the completion of chosen projects.    Please see the Digital Library Center website at for more information.  This is a tenure track position, with the requisite requirements of research and service. Recent graduates and candidates working on statewide digital projects are encouraged to apply.

Specific Duties include:


Maintain knowledge of national and international descriptive, technical and administrative metadata standards and schema and be responsible for interpreting and adapting those metadata schema for local purposes.  

Select the appropriate metadata scheme for each project.

Coordinate the creation and management of, and training in, descriptive and other metadata for the selected projects.

Work closely with content providers and Library Technology Services in the development of metadata.


Oversee the process of digitization of various types of materials (including, but not limited to, print, slides, photographs, maps, scores, music).  Responsibility for evaluating digital projects for outsourcing or in house production.  Responsibility for directing any outsourced project(s).

Choose the appropriate digitization standards and the text extraction methods for individual projects or objects.  With the Preservation librarian, chooses archival format and preservation standards for these projects

Supervise (hire, evaluate, train) staff, which currently consists of a GA at ¼ FTE and a student worker.


Work with the Team Leader to integrate production of metadata into the Technical Services and Digital Access Team, including responsibility for training staff members in the production of metadata.

Assist with grant submissions for additional projects and contributes to the development of a statewide digital library.

Participate in national metadata initiatives.

Perform outreach to other areas of campus to increase understanding and use of digital objects in teaching, learning, and research.

Assist the Team in maintaining the Team’s web site and helping with XSLT use in Aleph ILS implementation

Participate in the implementation of and training in Digitool, the university’s Institutional Repository.

Perform research and service needed for promotion and tenure. 

Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program.  Direct, relevant experience with creating and using non-MARC metadata schema and XML in a higher education setting or experience as full time or student employee staff member in a Digital Library.  Knowledge of administrative metadata for various types of objects.  Knowledge of developing standards such as MODS, METS, PREMIS and DC.  Knowledge of current and emerging cataloging rules and standards.  Excellent oral and written communication skills.  Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with several different constituencies.  Flexibility and the willingness to learn and adapt.

Preferred Qualifications:

Digital library experience is strongly preferred.  Academic library experience.  Experience in training others. Familiarity with relational database structure.  Experience with digitization software and digitization standards.  Experience with grant projects.


The institution welcomes and honors people of all races, creeds, cultures and sexual orientations, and values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.  

The University of Tennessee is the state’s flagship institution of higher education, offering comprehensive programs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; research; and public service throughout the state.  Enrollment in the statewide system is approximately 42,000.  Our students come from every county in Tennessee, every state in the nation, and many foreign countries.  The university holds the Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Extensive classification.  It is the oldest and largest public institution of higher education in Tennessee, founded in Knoxville in 1794, two years before Tennessee became a state.  

The University of Tennessee Libraries, with an annual budget of more than $13 million, includes the John C. Hodges Main Library; the James D. Hoskins Library, which includes the Map and Special Collection Libraries; the Webster Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library; and the George F. DeVine Music Library.  The Social Work Library is located in Nashville.  Over three hundred persons are employed, including 58 librarians, 10 exempt, 123 non-exempt, and 150 students.  UT Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, SOLINET, and the Center for Research Libraries.  The UT Libraries offers a Web-based information system and access to a variety of electronic information sources.  

Additional information about this position and the UT community is available at 

Salary and Benefits:  

Appointment at rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, dependent upon qualifications.  Minimum salary is $42,000.  Faculty rank and status; twelve-month, tenure-track appointment. Library faculty must meet University requirements for promotion and tenure. Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan or TIAA/CREF with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans. Tuition remission is available for all university employees; partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2005 and will continue until the position is filled. Send cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to:  Gail Conner, Manager, Library Personnel & Procurement, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000.  Application materials may be sent via email attachment to [log in to unmask]  

The University of Tennessee does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or veteran status in provision of educational programs and services or employment opportunities and benefits. This policy extends to both employment by and admission to the University. 

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in the education programs and activities pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. 

Inquiries and charges of violation concerning Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, ADA or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) or any of the other above referenced policies should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Human Resources Management, 600 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37996-4125.