Music Metadata Librarian

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Job Description

The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks a motivated, energetic, and collaborative professional to serve as Music Metadata Librarian. The ideal candidate provides intellectual access for music resources held by the University of Minnesota Libraries, especially for the Music Library, by performing original and complex copy cataloging for monographs, scores, sound and music recording, and digital media in accordance with local and national descriptive and encoding standards. The position will design, implement, and manage workflows for original and copy cataloging of music resources, as well as review and propose local cataloging policies and workflows relevant to music materials and advise management in metadata activities related to music materials. Metadata librarians work with the Director of Data Management & Access in coordinating metadata projects, training and mentoring support staff within the unit, and writing documentation.  The Music Metadata Librarian will also participate in Libraries-wide efforts, such as digital library metadata development.  The librarian will also contribute to the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement, as he or she works toward continuous appointment status. This position reports to the Director of Data Management & Access.

Institutional Context

The award-winning University Libraries is an integral part of campus life and one the greatest intellectual assets within the metropolitan area, the state, and beyond. In 2017, the Libraries won the National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute for Museum and Library Services — becoming only the third academic library to win the award in 23 years. It was also the recipient of the 2009 Excellence in Academic Libraries award from the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

The Libraries provides a highly collaborative environment, distinguished by extraordinary collections, and new models for information discovery and access, teaching/learning, research support, and scholarly communication. The Libraries is known for its advanced web services, significant collaborative digital library development, programs of process improvement and organizational development, and a record of innovative partnerships.  Outreach is strengthened by unparalleled infrastructure for resource sharing and information access within the state and region provided by the University Libraries-based Minitex program.  The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Center for Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Digital Preservation Network, and the Coalition for Networked Information, and is a founding partner in HathiTrust.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in music and a relevant degree from American Library Association accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science.

  • One year minimum original music cataloging experience, applying current standards and systems including MARC, RDA, Library of Congress Classification, Library of Congress Subject Headings, OCLC Connexion, and library management and discovery systems.

  • Reading knowledge and ability to catalog materials in German and Romance languages.

  • Knowledge of music history, performance, literature and style periods, and specialized resources used in music cataloging.

  • Experience with OCLC Connexion for cataloging and authority records and the appropriate coding and procedures for OCLC records to load correctly into the local catalog.

  • Experience with principles of authority control, including selecting and applying controlled vocabularies and ontologies.

  • Demonstrated ability to write clearly, succinctly and in a manner that appeals to a wide audience.

  • Experience working with diverse groups of people.

  • Experience creating and delivering clear and effective oral presentations.

  • Experience working both independently and in cooperation with colleagues in a service-oriented, collaborative environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bibliographic knowledge of one or more modern foreign languages.

  • Awareness/familiarity with existing and emerging metadata standards and schemes, such as RDF, XML, Dublin Core, linked data, and BIBFRAME and other metadata schemes used for describing music resources.

  • Experience or training in cataloging for the BIBCO or NACO programs.

  • Demonstrated ability to plan and lead projects and manage workflows and diverse assignments.

  • Experience in the design and integration of new technologies into cataloging & metadata services.

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a strong collegial and participative environment.

  • Evidence of ability to contribute to librarianship, research, and service and capacity for leadership within the profession.


Departmental Description

The Data Management & Access Department (DMA) has a diverse portfolio of responsibilities. As a department in the Data & Technology Division, DMA provides leadership, consultative services, and practical application of metadata content standards and schema for discovery and access of Libraries’ materials and resources. The department provides operational leadership for the Libraries’ enterprise integrated library system (Alma), technical leadership for our discovery system (Primo), and expertise and direction for Alma analytics, reporting and the systematic collection and analysis of organizational data for the Libraries. Department staff are actively involved in the national initiatives of the Library of Congress Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), including BIBCO, NACO, SACO, as well as BIBFRAME, and committee activities in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), and Ex Libris users’ groups (ELUNA and IgeLU).

Metadata Librarians in DMA support discovery of resources in all formats via creation or transformation of metadata for physical and digital resources acquired and managed by the Libraries. They are expected to lead, actively engage and collaborate with appropriate Libraries and coordinate campus library staff in establishing and implementing metadata policy and best practices.  The University of Minnesota Libraries is interested in individuals whose record of achievement has been enhanced by exposure to diverse groups, people, or resources.

This is a full time, 12-month, continuous-appointment track, academic professional position with probationary appointment at Assistant or Associate Librarian. The Libraries offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits, and a substantial moving allowance.

The University of Minnesota is located in the center of the Twin Cities metropolitan area known for offering vibrant cultural programming through numerous arts venues, extensive park and recreational systems, and an engaged and diverse community.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Submit a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three current professional references at  Please identify your cover letter with UL387.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

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