University of Oregon — Metadata Technician

Metadata Technician

Job no: 529799
Work type: Classified Staff
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Library, Operations/Infrastructure, Other, Data Science

Department: Library
Classification: Library Technician 3
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $18.12 -$27.31 per hour
FTE: 1.0
Review of Applications Begins
Position closes August 7, 2022.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Along with your online application, please upload a cover letter stating your interest and qualifications for the position, and a current resume, which includes dates of employment.
Department Summary
About the University:
The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries.

The University of Oregon is guided by a diversity framework that involves a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. The UO's 295-acre campus features state-of-the-art facilities in an arboretum-like setting within the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people.

The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 167,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, symphony, opera, jazz, and theatrical venues; a pleasant year-round climate; and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.

About the UO Libraries:
The University of Oregon Libraries is an essential partner in the University's educational, research, and public service mission. With five locations on the Eugene campus, and branches at UO Portland and at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the Libraries offers many flexible, service- and technology-rich environments for our users' research and learning needs. The UO Libraries is committed to supporting and enhancing the diversity of the university community, providing a culturally inclusive environment where diversity of thought and expression is valued and respected, and disrupting systemic inequalities. With a focus on equity in service, we strive to create a powerful learning community, a welcoming space where faculty, students, and patrons of all ages and cultural and ethnic backgrounds can access the information necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals. Our mission is to actively support the student learning experience, enable the creation and stewardship of knowledge, and contribute to advancements in teaching, research, scholarship, and public service. We value intellectual freedom, user-centered service, evidence-based approaches, transparency, innovation, teamwork, diversity, and integrity.

The University of Oregon Libraries is the only Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member in Oregon. The library is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, SPARC, Center for Research Libraries, DuraSpace, the Council on Library and Information Resources, Coalition for Networked Information, EDUCAUSE, and other major organizations.

About Collections and Discovery Services:
Collections and Discovery Services (CDS) is responsible for acquiring, describing, preserving, and disseminating all types of scholarly and creative outputs to advance the research, teaching, and learning work of the University of Oregon community. CDS offers a range of reference, consulting, and instructional services to the users and creators of these collections. CDS encompasses four major areas: Digital Scholarship Services; Electronic Resources and Acquisitions; Cataloging, Metadata, and Preservation Services; and Special Collections and University Archives. CDS endeavors to build strong partnerships, within the UO Libraries and with regional partners, to be a leader in advancing practice, and to contribute with increasing effectiveness to local, regional, and international resource collection and curation efforts.
What You Will Do as a Metadata Technician (position summary):
UO Libraries is seeking a Metadata Technician to join the Cataloging, Metadata, and Preservation Services unit of Collections and Discovery Services. This Library Technician 3 classified position is responsible for a broad set of assignments related to metadata for digital collections, including: providing descriptive metadata to conform to local and international standards; analyzing the standardized nomenclature of images, photographs, text documents, and other digital objects to ensure the correct form of name, places, and subjects and normalize entry for authority control; performing quality control for descriptive metadata; bulk uploading metadata and assets to Oregon Digital; performing data remediation; assisting with workflows and project documentation; and applying local guidelines for cataloging digital library collections. This position also supervises student employees, which includes: hiring, scheduling, monitoring, and terminating student employees; assigning student employees to projects and reviewing student work for quality control; and managing payroll within the parameters of the annual budget.

The Libraries will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience when evaluating candidates; we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes with relevant transferrable skills from a variety of sources and experiences. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the roles.
Who Are You? (minimum qualifications):

  • Bachelors degree plus two years of current (within 5 years) experience in a Library; OR, 4 years of current library experience; AND
  • Advanced proficiency in multiple library-specific computer applications, e.g., integrated library systems, database applications, institutional repository; content management systems.

    Some positions may also require in-depth knowledge of specialty area(s), e.g., original cataloging, complex copy cataloging, serials management, ILL management, government documents, image resources, music.
    For success in this position, you will have…(professional competencies):

  • Ability to perform complex and precise operations.
  • Ability to organize materials and adapt to sporadic workloads and interruptions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to make independent decisions, think analytically, and solve problems.
  • Ability to collaborate in a team setting.
    Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with metadata for digital cultural heritage objects.
  • Experience as a trainer.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Familiarity with Samvera digital repository software (Hyrax, Hyku).
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite software and Adobe Creative Suite software (Acrobat; Bridge).

    FLSA Exempt: No

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    This is a classified position represented by the SEIU Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union.

    University of Oregon students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see:

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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