Salt Lake City, UT; Digital Curation Librarian, University of Utah

The J. Willard Marriott Library is seeking a Digital Curation Librarian to support ongoing and emerging initiatives in the digital library program at the University of Utah. The position is located in the Digital Library Services department, which provides services for digitization, creation of descriptive metadata, preservation, and discovery of digital collections. The Marriott Library is home to a large-scale statewide digital newspapers program, Utah Digital Newspapers (, containing over 20 million newspaper articles, and Digital Collections ( with over 700,000 digital items, including collections provided by external partners at the University of Utah as well as a variety of state agencies and local cultural heritage institutions.

The Marriott Library requires all tenure-track faculty to engage in significant research activity that produces scholarship which contributes to the national and international conversation in the library field.

The Marriott Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, a program uniting academic libraries who share a commitment to increase the hiring pipeline of qualified, talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.


• Descriptive metadata creation for new collections in the Digital Library, creating new metadata records using Dublin Core, the Mountain West Digital Library Metadata Application Profile, and/or other metadata standards
• Wrangle existing data, in spreadsheets or EAD Finding Aids to repurpose data programmatically, reducing the amount of manual work spent on metadata creation and improving efficiencies for metadata creation in Digital Library Services.
• Audit metadata from existing collections to identify clean-up projects and improve consistency in the Digital Library
• Supervise part-time metadata staff
• Support new initiatives for digital library work by consulting on a variety of projects for different departments, both in the library and on campus
• Engage in scholarship or creative activities consistent with the mission of the University and specific position responsibilities
• Serve on library and university committees

All faculty librarians serve the needs of University faculty, staff, and students along with members of the local community. Work across organizational lines is encouraged to support and strengthen all services in the Marriott Library. The Digital Curation Librarian will assist with implementing the Marriott Library’s Strategic Directions and will be expected to be professionally active through participation in appropriate professional societies and through research and publication.

Required Qualifications

• An MSI, MLIS, or MLS from an ALA-accredited institution.
• Commitment to engage in research and scholarship and potential to achieve promotion and tenure, as demonstrated by a record of research and scholarship and/or an ability to clearly articulate a research agenda.
• Ability to manage multiple projects and responsibilities in a timely and efficient manner.
• Knowledge of current and emerging metadata standards and best practices
• Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
• Experience creating descriptive metadata for digital collections

Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrated knowledge of metadata formats, standards, and schemas (e.g. Dublin Core, METS, MODS, EAD, MARC, etc.)
• Experience using emerging technologies for metadata creation and management
• Experience working with a digital asset management system (e.g. Islandora, Samvera, CONTENTdm)
• Knowledge of discovery tools and metadata practices supporting discovery
• Experience working with XML and XSLT metadata transformations
• Experience with scripting languages to manipulate metadata
• Experience with training and supervising student employees
• Knowledge of metadata in the context of the Digital Humanities
• Demonstrated proficiency and capability with information technology systems in the context of an academic Library
• Reading, writing, or speaking skills in a second language

Compensation: $53,000 – $58,000 dependent on qualifications, plus excellent benefits including a 14.2% retirement contribution to TIAA-CREF/Fidelity, outstanding medical and dental coverage, and ample and flexible paid sick and vacation time.

Preferred consideration will be given to all applications received by September 22, 2017.

Additional Information
About the U
The University of Utah, located in Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, is the flagship institution of higher learning in Utah. Founded in 1850, it serves over 25,000 undergraduate students and over 7,500 graduate students from across the U.S. and the world. With over 72 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level, including law and medicine, the University prepares students to live and compete in the global workplace. The University of Utah’s Strategic Goals outlines four major goals, including Promote Student Success to Transform Lives, Develop and Transfer New Knowledge, Engage Communities to Improve Health and Quality of Life, and Ensure Long-Term Viability of the University. The Marriott Library is actively engaged in responding to these goals through its many programs and services.

Commitment to Diversity
The University of Utah is deeply committed to enhancing the success of diverse faculty, students, and staff, as part of our broader goal to enrich the educational experiences and success of all members of our University community. The campus offers services to support our diverse faculty, staff, and student body through the Women’s Resource Center, LGBT Resource Center, American Indian Resource Center, Center for Ethnic Student Affairs, International Center, Center for Disability Access, and Veterans’ Support Center. The most current data regarding the University’s student and faculty demographics can be found on the Office of Budget and Institutional Analysis website:

EEO/Diversity Information
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Employees with prior URS service may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information. This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Special Instructions for Candidates
When prompted to do so, please upload a list of five (5) professional references.

Candidates selected for on-site interviews will be required to provide three (3) letters of recommendation.

Preferred consideration will be given to all applications received by September 22, 2017.