Metadata and Discovery Librarian, University of California, Riverside

Position Overview

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) seeks a motivated, proactive, user-oriented Metadata and Discovery librarian. The successful candidate will be dedicated to collaborative, stakeholder focused development and implementation of original and complex metadata creation and integrated library management system optimization.

Located an hour’s drive to the east of Los Angeles, an hour west of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, an hour east of ocean beaches, ninety minutes north of San Diego, and an hour south of mountain ski resorts, UCR is located in an area of dramatic landscapes and rich cultural traditions. The University is a dynamic, aggressively-developing land grant research institution dedicated to preparing its diverse student body to be successful competitors in the world marketplace of ideas. UCR boasts the first new School of Medicine to open on the West Coast in 43 years; a new School of Public Policy; and the Bourns College of Engineering, ranked 10th in the world according to an international ranking organization.

The UCR Library is a critical partner in preparing UCR’s students to be globally competitive while simultaneously preparing them for careers in the Inland Empire and beyond. The mission of the UCR Library is no less than to bring the world’s information resources to the UCR community and to ensure that UCR students, faculty, and staff have the skills to fully exploit those resources to change the world for the better.

The UCR Library is a team of intensely collaborative, forward-thinking colleagues dedicated to providing excellent services to our students, faculty, and community members in a rapidly evolving information environment. The successful candidate will be technologically sophisticated; committed to problem-solving in local, regional, national, and international arenas; and able to develop innovative solutions to complex problems; and a dynamic and effective leader.

The UCR Library is comprised of three facilities housing more than 3,800,000 volumes, 940,000 electronic books, 97,000 print and electronic journals, and 2,300,000 microforms. The Library provides services to more than 22,000 students and nearly 2,000 faculty and other academics in an institutional environment planning for and experiencing extensive growth. The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic staff of 214, including 26 FTE librarians, 90 FTE support personnel, and 98 students in building a research library of excellence within a dynamic and diverse university ranked among the top 50 in the nation. The UCR Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Among the unique collections of the UCR Library is the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Water Resources Collections & Archives, the Rupert Costo Library of the American Indian, the Paul Chou Collection of Chinese history and culture, the George Brown Papers, the Tomás Rivera Papers, and the Inland Empire Memories Initiative. Information about the UCR Libraries is available at

The UCR Library is an integral part of the University of California library system. With collections totaling 30 million volumes, UC’s more than 100 libraries are surpassed in size on the American continent only by the Library of Congress collection. In addition, UC’s California Digital Library (CDL) provides the core of the Universitys digital collections. CDL also assists UC to share resources and holdings more effectively, and provides leadership in applying technology to the development of library collections and services. Organizationally situated within the UC Office of the President, the CDL operates in close collaboration with all UC campuses and their libraries.

UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining unit; The University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.


Reporting to the Metadata and Technical Services (MTS) Department Head in the Content and Discovery Division; the Metadata and Discovery librarian will work collaboratively to develop, manage, and implement metadata and cataloging projects and standards that optimize the user-experience of our discovery systems.

  • In collaboration with appropriate stakeholders including the AUL for Content and Discovery, Metadata and Technical Service Dept. Head, Cyberinfrastructure, and public services departments develops Integrated Library Management System optimization project prioritization aimed at enhancing discoverability (currently via ALMA/PRIMO);
  • Collaborates with colleagues in the Metadata and Technical Services department, library Cyberinfrastructure, and other appropriate stakeholders to identify and implement strategic linked data initiatives;
  • Participates in establishment of best practices for interoperability, data/authority control, and metadata standards as part of the Descriptive Metadata Working Group ;
  • Completes complex original cataloging and authority control for a variety of materials, including monographs, serials, news, and data assets, in accordance with current standards and rules such as RDA, LCSH, SHM, MARC, and NACO authority rules;
  • Utilizes relevant standards, rules, and best practices in the creation, analysis, enrichment, normalization, and maintenance of metadata;
  • Evaluates and provides recommendations to the AUL for Content and Discovery, the Head of the Metadata and Technical Services, and other stakeholders on emerging metadata standards that may optimize discovery of content in the UCR environment.
  • Collaborates with public service departments such as Teaching and Learning, Collection Strategies, and Access Services to enhance the user experience in utilizing the ILMS discovery layer (PRIMO)
  • Contributes to metadata quality control, cleanup, editing, enhancement, migration, and mapping, using tools such as MarcEdit, and/or OpenRefine, Catmandu, and use of regular expressions and SQL queries;
  • Shares technical knowledge and expertise through provision of in-house training sessions;
  • Participates in UC-wide and other national committees, groups, and initiatives including those establishing best practices and/or metadata schemas;
  • Participates in general administrative duties, library-wide activities, committees, special projects and library programs; represents the UCR Library on various University of California standing committees and ad-hoc groups;

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master of Library and Information Studies from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent experience or degree in a field related to this position;
  • Experience working with integrated library management systems such as ALMA, Sierra, or Millennium and discovery layer systems such as Primo, Summon, Blacklight);
  • Knowledge of library content discovery and best practices in improving the discoverability of library resources
  • Experience with original and complex copy cataloging standards and practices, such as MARC21, Dublin Core, FRBR, FRAD, and RDA.
  • Familiarity with linked data and semantic web standards such as BIBFRAME
  • Experience with large-scale metadata management, such as bulk import and export, data remediation and-clean up, and quality control.
  • Ability to analyze, implement and adapt to evolving technologies;
  • Excellent organizational skills, and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects;
  • Effective written and oral communication;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including, colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, donors, and alumni.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with XML and linked data technologies (e.g., XSLT, RDF, OWL, SPARQL, BIBFRAME);
  • Experience or ability and willingness to learn a programming language;
  • Knowledge of user experience design principles;
  • Demonstrated project management skills;
  • Experience with institutional repository systems such as Fedora, Omeka, DSpace, Dataverse, or other comparable products;
  • Experience with metadata quality control, including use of automated routines for metadata maintenance;
  • Working knowledge of a language other than English;
  • Academic degree in a related field and/or advanced coursework at the post-graduate level;
  • UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

UCR librarians are members of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC). Research, publication, and/or service to the University and profession are expected for continuing advancement.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience within a range of: $61,201 – $84,260

Appointment at rank of Assistant Librarian to Librarian – Potential Career depending upon qualifications and experience. Advancement through the librarian ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every two to three years, each of which includes substantial peer review. Excellent retirement system, health, and vacation benefits.

Application: Submit resume, names and contact information of at least three references, and a letter of interest addressing qualifications and experience related to the primary duties of the position through APRecruit ( The search will remain open until the position is filled; for best consideration application should be received by August, 26, 2019.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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