Metadata Librarian for Latin American Resources - UT Austin

The Metadata Librarian for Latin American Resources provides expertise to support all processes and workflows for resource description of the Benson Latin American Collection's post-custodial and digital collections.

Job Posting Title:

Metadata Librarian for Latin American Resources (Assistant Librarian)


Hiring Department:

UT Libraries


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:

Nov 14, 2022


Position Duration:

Expected to Continue





Job Details:

General Notes

The University of Texas Libraries welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we promote diversity in our collections and services, as well as in our recruiting, hiring, and retention practices.



The Metadata Librarian for Latin American Resources provides expertise to support all processes and workflows for resource description of the Benson Latin American Collection's post-custodial and digital collections.

Early career librarians are encouraged to apply.



  • Coordination of Benson Metadata Activities: Coordinates the creation and management of descriptive metadata for Benson post-custodial and digital collections, including recommending appropriate metadata standards, developing metadata instruments and workflows, conducting training, maintaining controlled vocabularies and taxonomies, managing quality control processes, and undertaking metadata normalization and transformation as needed. Participates in migration of legacy content to new platforms.

  • Digital Initiatives Program Support: Supports the development of digital infrastructure and strategy at the Benson and UT Libraries, especially with regard to the design, implementation, and documentation of metadata policies and best practices. Works with the Digital Initiatives team and UT Libraries to harmonize workflows and standards. Serves on LLILAS Benson and UTL working groups and committees related to digital initiatives.

  • Metadata Consultation and Training: Provides metadata consultation, training, and project analysis services for the Benson's post-custodial partners, students, faculty, and other colleagues. Assists Benson Collection archivists and the LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator with metadata-related activities as needed.

  • Professional Development and Engagement: Maintains awareness of emerging technologies, standards, and best practices in resource description for physical and digital content. Engages with the broader professional community through participation on professional organization committees, conference presentations, and/or other comparable activities. 


Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in library science or equivalent. 

  • Professional working proficiency in Spanish. Some knowledge of Latin American history and culture. 

  • Experience working with metadata standards and schemas. 

  • Demonstrated experience creating and applying descriptive metadata for digital content. 

  • Experience with metadata transformation and remediation tools and techniques.  

  • Experience working with digital repositories. 

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with emphasis on empathy, diplomacy, and working collaboratively. 

  • Outstanding attention to detail and thoroughness. 

  • Demonstrated creative problem-solving abilities, initiative, perseverance, and intellectual curiosity. 

  • Capacity to adjust and thrive in an evolving, future-oriented environment and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities. 

  • Commitment to a diverse academic community, and an understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.


Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional working proficiency in Portuguese and/or an Indigenous language of Latin America. 

  • Familiarity with archival collections and best practices related to their description. 

  • Knowledge of linked data best practices and standards (RDF, SPARQL). 

  • Application of linked data and semantic web technologies. 

  • Understanding of issues involved in developing, licensing, maintaining, and/or delivering digital collections of various types. 

  • Experience creating and managing projects.

  • Experience conducting training. 

  • Experience managing the workflows of peers, colleagues, and contributors outside of supervisory channels.  

  • Willingness to travel.


Research indicates that applicants with marginalized identities are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all of the qualifications. We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop these preferred skills.  


Salary Range

  • $50,000+ depending on qualifications


Working Conditions

  • Typical library conditions


Work Shift

  • Monday - Friday between 7am-6pm as arranged with supervisor. Flexible work arrangement available.


Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest


During your application, you will be asked the following questions:

  • Please describe your experience with non-Marc metadata creation, transformation, and application. What standards and tools are you proficient with and how have you applied them in your work?

  • Please share an example of a metadata workflow that you designed or improved. How did you approach the task, and what did you learn from the process?

  • Please describe a situation in which you used empathy, diplomacy, and/or collaborative approaches to manage the work of peers or others you did not supervise.

  • What does a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace mean to you, as related to work with metadata and digital collections?



Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.


Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



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