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Archival Metadata Librarian

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University of Alabama Expired
Alabama, USA

The University of Alabama Libraries seeks a dynamic, forward-thinking individual for the position of Archival Metadata Librarian. This is a clinical appointment reporting tthe Coordinator of Metadata in the Resource Acquisition & Discovery unit and working collaboratively with metadata librarians, archivists, and digital initiatives staff in Special Collections. The position supports access tand discovery of University Libraries rare and unique resources, including manuscript and photograph collections, rare published materials, historic maps, and University records. This position will play a role in improving discovery of archival materials for patrons and will be committed tMore Product Less Processing (MPLP) workflows. Specific duties include, but are not limited to: accessioning, processing, and arranging manuscript and photcollections; creating, maintaining, evaluating, and enhancing metadata records and finding aids; managing authority control and subject description in the University Libraries archival data management system (ArchivesSpace); and keeping up-to-date with current trends and issues in archival assessment, arrangement, and description.

This is an exciting opportunity for a recent graduate or early career librarian tgain an expert knowledge of all archival operations and practices at an R1 university Special Collections unit, working with colleagues whare dedicated tprocessing and providing access ta wide array of rare and unique materials related tSouthern U.S., African American, and Latin American history.


  • Masters in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Experience with archival metadata creation and schemas including but not limited to: DACS, EAD, Dublin Core, LCSH, etc.
  • Knowledge of current archival content and structure standards.
  • Demonstrated understanding of More Product, Less Process (MPLP).
  • Knowledge of basic preservation strategies for archival collections.
  • Experience working independently and collaboratively with varied groups within a complex organization.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, including associated skills such as listening and adapting.
  • Ability tsolve problems independently or collaboratively, using sound judgment in decision-making.
  • Knowledge of professional standards, best practices, and emerging technologies in metadata and libraries.
  • Willingness texplore new technologies and tfind ways tincorporate them in order tenhance services and complete tasks more efficiently.
  • Responsibilities of this position change as the University Libraries continue to evolve.


  • 1-2 years of professional experience processing manuscript and/or photograph collections, including physical arrangement and creation of finding aids in accordance with archival best practices.
  • Experience working with ArchivesSpace or another archival data management system.
  • Knowledge of data manipulation using MarcEdit, EXCEL, or OpenRefine.
  • Experience working with born digital collections.
  • Experience performing authority control.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with photographic formats.
  • Organizational and project management skills.
  • Reading proficiency in Spanish or another European language.

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Employer: University of Alabama (@UofAlabama)
Location: Alabama, USA
Posted Date: 09/03/2023
Expiry Date: 09/07/2023
Type: Full-Time
Categories: Librarian / Information Professional / Archivist, Metadata / Taxonomy Designer
Ref: DN-JB-1203
Added by: DAM News Administrator
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