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Catalog and Metadata Librarian

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Work type: Faculty- Librarian
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Library


Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery

For more information, visit  https://library.umbc.edu/

Position Overview:

AOK Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, seeks an innovative and collaborative individual to join the Bibliographic and Metadata Services (BMS) department as a Catalog and Metadata Librarian. Duties include a range of cataloging and metadata creation, editing, and maintenance. This is a permanent status-eligible, library faculty position at the rank of Librarian I, which reports to the head of BMS.

Why Work at UMBC?

UMBC offers competitive compensation.  This role starts at $49,000 and has 22 days of vacation as well as winter break, spring break, and personal days for regular full time roles. Tuition remission is also available. 

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After an initial training period, telework opportunities may be available, per current campus and Library policies.


Primary Job Duties:

  • Perform both original and complex copy cataloging, including cataloging of print and non-print monographic materials for both general stacks and Special Collections.
  • Support initiatives related to digitization, special collections access, and other metadata-dependent efforts to describe, manage, expose, and share collections with users.
  • Perform complex problem solving related to bibliographic database corrections.
  • Participate in library, campus, consortium, and regional/national activities as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the Libraries' diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

The successful candidate is expected to participate in relevant professional development, scholarship, and campus and Library committee work. As a member of the library faculty, they will also be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status, as outlined in section 6.10 of the Faculty Handbook.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • MLIS/MLS from an ALA-accredited institution (by start of employment). 
  • Experience performing original or copy cataloging or completion of cataloging coursework.
  • Working knowledge of RDA, MARC bibliographic and authority records, LCSH and LC Classification.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal relations skills and demonstrated ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment.
  • Attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and ability to handle multiple tasks/projects simultaneously

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated experience performing both original and copy cataloging.
  • Demonstrated experience cataloging print and non-print materials.
  • Experience with OCLC Connexion.
  • Experience using the staff interface of an integrated library or next generation system, such as Aleph, Alma, or OCLC WorldShare.
  • Experience with a web-scale discovery service, such as WorldCat Discovery or EBSCO Discovery Service.
  • Experience with a system migration, including preparing databases and communicating with/training staff.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should provide a cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae. Three professional references will be requested when candidates are contacted for in-person interviews.

For questions about submitting application materials, contact Teresa Reese (reeset@umbc.edu).

For questions about the position, contact Aimee Plaisance (amplais@umbc.edu)

Review of application materials will begin November 6, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.     

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled


UMBC offers a rich benefits package including the following for exempt regular employees.

Generous Leave which includes accruing the following for full time positions:

  • 22 Days of Annual Leave  (increases with years of service)
  • 15 Days of Sick Leave  
  • 15 Holidays
  • 3 Personal Days

Tuition Remission:

  • 8 credit hours per semester
  • Tuition remission at UMBC for eligible dependents after two years of FT employment

Additional Benefits:

  • Life and disability insurance
  • Retirement/Pension plan
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Wellness opportunities
  • & Much more

Benefits offered align with type: Exempt/12-Month Faculty. 


This position is a 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian I. Salary commensurate with experience — minimum salary $49,000. The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status, as outlined in part 6.10 of the Faculty Handbook - http://provost.umbc.edu/faculty-handbook/.



This position is a full time (40 hours/week) with opportunity for telework up to two days a week.

 Equal Opportunity


UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Title IX:

As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here.   


If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.



As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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