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Cataloging and Digital Projects Librarian: University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, AR

9 May 2023 12:59 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)


Reporting to the Director for Content Services, the Cataloging and Digital Projects Librarian serves as the primary metadata specialist for the Libraries’ CONTENTdm digital collections, working collaboratively with the department head, the Digital Services Department, the Special Collections Division, and other staff in Content Services to complete individual projects. The librarian also collaborates with the Office of Scholarly Communications and User Services to create metadata for University of Arkansas Department of Music concert recordings in the ScholarWorks (Digital Commons) institutional repository. The librarian harvests ScholarWorks metadata for graduate theses and dissertations for import into WorldCat and Alma. The librarian creates metadata for other types of digital projects and collections as needed and performs original and complex copy cataloging for media materials in a variety of formats. The librarian maintains knowledge of current and emerging standards, tools, and best practices and will document metadata and cataloging procedures for assigned areas of responsibility. The librarian serves on the department’s leadership team. 

Librarians hold faculty status and contribute to the teaching, service, and research mission of the University. Library faculty are vital members of the scholarly community and engage with current professional trends and literature, pursue the discovery of new knowledge related to their field of expertise, share the results of their scholarly work through presentations and publications, and engage in professional service at the Libraries, campus, state, and national levels. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Serves as the metadata specialist for the majority of the Libraries’ CONTENTdm digital projects 
  • Along with the department head, serves on the project team for each CONTENTdm digital project, making recommendations about the timeframe, metadata elements, and controlled vocabulary to be used 
  • Collaborates with other departmental staff assigned to work on CONTENTdm projects, promoting consistency, and assists with training as requested  
  • Manages remediation to ensure that the metadata for older digital collections is updated to current practice 
  • Creates metadata for University of Arkansas Department of Music concert recordings hosted in ScholarWorks 
  • Harvests metadata for electronic theses and dissertations from ScholarWorks and converts it to MARC for uploading to WorldCat and Alma 
  • Creates metadata for other types of digital projects and collections as needed 
  • Together with the department head, serves as a metadata consultant for other Libraries’ departments, including responding to requests about metadata standards and procedures, controlled vocabulary, and crosswalking metadata from one platform to another 
  • Performs original and complex copy cataloging of media materials, including scores, sound recordings, and video recordings, in accordance with local and national standards (RDA, Library of Congress Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements, MLA best practices, etc.) 
  • Maintains the Libraries’ application profile, the CONTENTdm Cookbook, and creates and maintains cataloging procedures for assigned formats 
  • Stays informed of evolving cataloging and metadata trends, changes in best practices and standards, new software applications, and local technology changes
  • Takes part in professional development activities, including attending workshops, webinars, and conferences, to augment existing training and skills 
  • Serves on the Content Services leadership team

Rank and Salary  

Tenure-track, twelve-month faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian / Assistant Professor or Associate Librarian / Associate Professor.  Starting salary: $55,000, commensurate with education and experience. 


Relocation allowance available. Benefits include TIAA or Fidelity Investments, 22 days of annual leave, tuition reduction, health insurance, and funding support for research, service, and professional development activities. 

Minimum Qualifications  

  • Masters in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent 
  • Demonstrated relevant experience creating metadata for digital materials using non-MARC metadata standards such as Dublin Core, MODS, or EAD 
  • At least one year of demonstrated relevant experience cataloging library materials, including original cataloging and applying controlled vocabulary 
  • Demonstrated experience using MARC21, RDA/AACR2, Library of Congress (LC) Subject Headings, and classification schemes, such as LCC 
  • Demonstrated experience with OCLC Connexion and the technical services related functions of an integrated library system 

Preferred Qualifications  

  • More than one year of relevant professional experience with cataloging and authority work in a mid- to large size academic or research library, or equivalent 
  • Demonstrated experience with music or media cataloging 
  • Demonstrated experience using Ex Libris’ Alma-Primo ILS
  • Demonstrated experience with digital repository systems/software such as CONTENTdm or Digital Commons 
  • Demonstrated experience with documenting technical processes 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:   

  • Familiarity with cataloging tools like Cataloger's Desktop, RDA Toolkit, and Classification Web 
  • Knowledge of tools for manipulating bibliographic data such as MarcEdit, OpenRefine, XSLT, or Oxygen 
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and organizational skills including meeting project deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate with others 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Bibliographic knowledge of one or more non-English language 
  • Working knowledge of word processing software and spreadsheets 
  • Commitment to building and supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility 

Additional Information 

The University Libraries share in the stewardship of the University’s goals and takes responsibility for the health of the research and teaching collections as well as programs that further support the academic mission. The University Libraries are comprised of Mullins Library and three branch libraries: Chemistry & Biochemistry, Fine Arts, and Physics, as well as two off-site facilities. For more information, visit the Libraries’ home page ( 

The University of Arkansas Libraries aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values. 

Enriching campus diversity and inclusion is a guiding principle at the University of Arkansas. The University of Arkansas Libraries asserts that the responsibility for creating, supporting, and maintaining an inclusive workplace belongs to all of us. We can strengthen our culture and organization by approaching each other and our work with intentional goodwill, honesty, empathy, and trust as we encourage others to hold themselves and each other accountable to do the same. 

We are committed to enhancing the diversity of our workforce and we encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. For more information regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion and the University Libraries, please visit our website at  

Application Materials  

For the full posting, or to apply, please go to .  When completing your application, please upload the following: letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a list of three current references (names, addresses, emails, and telephone numbers).  Candidates who received international degrees in library and information science not accredited by ALA will need to submit the foreign credential evaluation determination. Deadline: May 27, 2023 (12:01 a.m. CT)

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.   

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. 

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