Metadata Technician

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

Application Deadline

Apply By Mar 16th, 2020


Not Specified


Boulder, CO


Not Specified


Not Required

Minimum Education

High School (or equivalent)

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


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Job Description

The CU Boulder Library encourages applications for a Metadata Technician. This position collaborates in and contributes to meeting the Metadata Services Department's Digital Collections Unit's goals by responding flexibly and creatively to evolving demands placed on the department.

It accurately contributes or transforms metadata for collections at the Libraries and maintains, corrects, and improves the Libraries' online databases and repositories for the purpose of supplying detailed and up-to-date records, media, and data to users of the CU Digital Library, the CU Scholar institutional repository, the GeoLibrary, and the Libraries' instance of ArchiveSpace.

Who We Are


We are a knowledge catalyst. We spark inquiry, discovery, collaboration, creation, and the dissemination of knowledge. We welcome everyone, wherever they are on their educational journey. 


An information-empowered world.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Metadata Creation for Digital Collections

  • Creates metadata for a wide variety of materials for use in the Libraries' digital repositories. May create metadata records from scratch or repurpose existing metadata using batch processing and transformations. Specific assignments vary over time according to the needs of the department and may include but are not limited to media including still images, electronic text, video, audio, geospatial material, and three-dimensional objects. Participates in Digital Collections Unit initiatives for version control and publication of metadata.
  • May apply a variety of metadata standards (Dublin Core, VRA Core, MODS, PBCore, GeoBlacklight) as well as various metadata content standards (AACR2, RDA, CCO). Applies authority sources (FAST, LCSH, GNIS, etc.) as appropriate to the project assignment and makes suggestions for new authority records as appropriate.
  • Creates and updates records using digital repository software (LUNA, Samvera, GeoLibrary, etc.). Creates, revises, and updates procedures and manuals including those located in the department wiki.
  • Discusses and collaborates with co-workers in the department regarding interpretation of metadata rules and their local applications in order to provide metadata for complicated materials or to resolve problems.

Cataloging and Bibliographic Maintenance

  • Maintains bibliographic records for digital collections in the Libraries' bibliographic databases, and collaborates with department members on the creation of new bibliographic records. Supplies to the copy cataloging workflow for materials in English and various modern languages by analyzing and modifying LC and member library records from the OCLC database. Specific cataloging assignments may include electronic and print books. Researches records that do not match the piece at hand and selects the accurate one. Applies US MARC format, international cataloging rules, LC rule interpretations, and local practices in determining how to edit records; modifies records in Sierra and OCLC. Updates and builds item records in Sierra; resolves inconsistencies in cataloging records.

Professional Development

  • Stays current with technological developments, particularly in non-MARC metadata, data transformation, and Linked Data principles, LUNA, Sierra, Samvera, and the Libraries' discovery tool by reading technical publications and system documentation, attending instruction sessions, and consulting with other department members.
  • Attends workshops and continuing education opportunities that relate to the Libraries' electronic resources. 
  • Takes advantage of e-alerts and other technological tools to streamline the provision of links to our online resources. 
  • Develops skills in using batch processing with the aim of streamlining our processing of electronic resources as much as possible; and in LUNA and Samvera to create and edit records for digital materials in the most efficient/accurate manner. 
  • Develops skills in applications commonly used with non-MARC metadata such as XML, Excel/CSV, OpenRefine, and Python. 
  • Stays current with common non-MARC metadata schema such as Dublin Core, MODS, and VRA Core.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment.

Be Ambitious. Be Innovative. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Two years of experience in an occupational field related to the work assigned to the position.
  • Appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
  • Must be a Colorado resident.

What You Will Need

  • Knowledge of foundational cataloging, classification, and metadata principles.
  • Experience working with spreadsheets.
  • Knowledge of library systems and technology.
  • Knowledge of trends in the cataloging and metadata profession.
  • Application of conceptual frameworks, standards, and principles within metadata.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Public service orientation.
  • Initiative and adaptability.
  • Professional curiosity.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Manifest a commitment to an environment of diversity, inclusion, and respect.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • One year of descriptive or related metadata experience.
  • Experience cataloging a variety of formats (including archival materials, audio and video recordings, digital materials, etc.).
  • Experience with non-MARC metadata schema including Dublin Core, MODS, and VRA Core.
  • Experience with batch processing or transforming data.
  • Familiarity with linked data concepts and applications.
  • Experience developing workflows, procedures, and documentation.
  • Familiarity with Innovative Interfaces Sierra.
  • Familiarity with copy cataloging workflows using MARC formats, RDA/AACR2 and Library of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging policy statements, LC Classification, and LC Subject Headings.
  • Familiarity with a second language.

The University Libraries encourages applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that person may be one who comes from a less traditional background. As you review the qualifications, please think about how your qualifications are transferable if (at first) they do not seem directly related. Share how your skills translate in your cover letter. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our preferred qualifications described.

Additional Info & Requirements

Special Application Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 

  1. A current resume. Must include date ranges and whether full time or part time work. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 
  3. DD-214 for veteran applicants. 
  4. If using the educational substitution for experience: proof of degree or transcripts. 

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by March 16, 2020 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.


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