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Cartographic Metadata Librarian (UL405)

Cartographic Metadata Librarian (UL405)

University of Minnesota Libraries Job Location: Minnesota Date Created: 04-12-2019

The University of Minnesota Libraries Invites applications for a full-time 12-month, continuous-appointment Cartographic Metadata Librarian. The successful candidate will provide leadership and coordination for cartographic resource cataloging/metadata held by the University of Minnesota Libraries, including the John R. Borchert Map Library, and will contribute to and collaborate with the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geospatial team to create and maintain metadata for the Geospatial Project. In addition, the position will assume primary responsibility for developing policies, procedures, and manage workflows for original and copy cataloging of cartographic resources. 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 Cartographic Metadata Librarian will also participate in Libraries-wide efforts, such as digital library metadata development and contribute to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement, while working toward continuous appointment status.

Institutional Context   

In 2017, the Libraries was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for libraries. Recognized for its impactful programs and advancement of new models of service, the Libraries encompass a highly collaborative organizational structure, innovative programs in support of instruction and research, and robust technologies. Its outreach beyond the University is strengthened by unparalleled infrastructure for resource sharing, licensing, digitization, and digital preservation within the state and region provided by the state-supported Minitex program, a division of the University Libraries. The Libraries is an active contributor to the broader scholarly ecosystem with digital repositories, significant digital collections, and publishing services and is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of Research Libraries, the HathiTrust, the Digital Library Federation, and the Center for Research Libraries.


The University of Minnesota Libraries upholds core values of knowledge, openness, service, collaboration, diversity, and inclusion within a learning organization that fosters creativity and innovation.


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 Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), 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 position will work closely with staff in the John R. Borchert Map Library, one of the premier map libraries in the country. The Borchert Library is part of the Libraries’ Research & Learning Division. It serves the University of Minnesota community and the State of Minnesota, including other academic institutions, corporate patrons, and the general public. Information on its collections can be found here: https://www.lib.umn.edu/borchert/borchert-map-library-collections


The BTAA Geospatial Data Project is collectively managed by librarians and geospatial specialists at ten research institutions from across the consortium. The project’s Geoportal connects users to digital geospatial resources, including GIS datasets, web services, and digitized historical maps from multiple data clearinghouses and library catalogs.


Position Responsibilities

The Cartographic Metadata Librarian works in a highly collaborative context within the Libraries. The Cartographic Metadata Librarian’s responsibilities include:

·         Lead cataloging efforts for the complex copy and original cataloging of sheet maps, atlases, GIS datasets, etc.

·         Create and maintain metadata, in collaboration with other team members, for the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geospatial Data Project.

·         Design, implement, and manage workflows for original and copy cataloging of cartographic resources.

·         Propose, write, and maintain local cataloging documentation and workflows relevant to cartographic materials.

·         Supervise cataloging library assistant (1.0 FTE).

·         Engage with partners within the Libraries, across other University of Minnesota system campuses, and with consortial partners to advance cataloging and metadata activities, especially in regard to cartographic materials.


The individual will also contribute to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement, while working toward continuous appointment status.

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.


Required Qualifications

·         American Library Association accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science or equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience.

·         One year minimum original cataloging experience using current cataloging standards and tools (Resource Description and Access (RDA), MARC21, Library of Congress Classification and Library of Congress Subject Headings).

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

·         Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing.

·         Experience creating and delivering clear and effective oral presentations.

·         Experience working with diverse groups of people.

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


Preferred Qualifications

·         Experience with OCLC Connexion and library management systems for creating and editing bibliographic and authority records.

·         Original cartographic material cataloging experience, utilizing relevant descriptive and encoding standards such as RDA, AACR2, MARC formats, Library of Congress Classification Schedule G, Library of Congress Subject Headings and Genre/Format Terms relevant to cartographic resources.

·         Bibliographic knowledge of one or more modern foreign languages.

·         Knowledge of geospatial data cartographic concepts and terminology (e.g., scale, coordinates, projection, map production/reproduction processes and types).

·         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 spatial/cartographic data, such as ISO 19115 and FGDC.

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

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

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

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

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


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

How to Apply 

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. You must address all required qualifications in either your cover letter or CV/Resume to be considered for the position.  Submit a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three current professional references at http://z.umn.edu/ulib405 .  Click on External Applicants.  Enter 329837 in the “Search Jobs” box.  Please identify your cover letter with UL405.



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: http://diversity.umn.edu .  


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.


 The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

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