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Job Req ID:  13874

Digital Content Metadata Specialist

Classified Title: Librarian III 
Working Title: Digital Content Metadata Specialist ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD 
Starting Salary Range: $58,695 - $80,628 per year
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 5pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 02-MD:Mount Washington Campus 
Department name: 10000074-Technical Services 
Personnel area: Libraries


General Summary/Purpose:

The Johns Hopkins Libraries and University Museums invite applications for the Digital Content Metadata Specialist position. The position provides leadership and expertise in developing creative, collaborative, and sustainable solutions for providing and managing metadata for locally hosted digital resources.  Primary duties and responsibilities include:

  • Evaluates, designs,  oversees  the creation and management of  metadata  for the digital initiatives of the Libraries and University Museums
  • Defines strategies and creates guidelines/best practices,  policies, procedures  for the authoring, harvesting, enhancement, remediation, and transformation of digital metadata including metadata supplied by end users or crowdsourced to support its use and re-use
  • Collaborates with colleagues across the institution to develop  metadata specifications to ensure consistent practice,  including the selection of metadata schema , data elements, thesauri, crosswalks, and stylesheets to make resources accessible for digital collections in diverse formats including text, image, audio, video, GIS and research data sets
  • Assists with digital metadata creation, transformation, and maintenance including quality control
  • Provides training in metadata management, linked data, semantic web applications,  and ontologies
  • Along with the Copy Cataloging Supervisor, provides guidance, training and oversight to two Metadata Technicians 
  • Evaluates new technological platforms in regard to the descriptive, administrative, structural, and preservation metadata needs supporting the storage, discovery, and delivery of the Libraries and University Museums’ locally hosted digital resources
  • Coordinates metadata local ingest as well as its sharing with diverse systems across the institution and with outside entities
  • Collaborates with library colleagues and the larger institution in the application of name, place, and subject management across data stores to provide consistency of use and to facilitate end user searching

*The Sheridan Libraries and University Museums are strongly committed to diversity. A strategic goal of the Libraries and Museums is to work toward achieving diversity when recruiting new staff and promoting existing staff. The Libraries and Museums prize initiative, creativity, professionalism, and teamwork. For information on the Sheridan Libraries, visit For information on Evergreen Museum and Library and Homewood Museum, visit


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • MLS/MLIS/MSI, or equivalent degree, from ALA-accredited Library or Information School or other relevant graduate degree with 3 years related job experience
  • Experience in creating, editing, and transforming metadata; aptitude for learning new technologies and metadata standards
  • Demonstrated understanding of data modeling techniques
  • Familiarity with standard metadata formats frequently used (e.g., Dublin Core, MODS, VRA Core, METS, scientific metadata standards)
  • Demonstrated success with project management and workflows
  • Familiarity with metadata transformation and remediation tools such as Oxygen, MARCEdit, and Open Refine
  • Experience working in a collaborative environment, including working with people with diverse backgrounds
  • Familiarity with digitization technology and best practices
  • Ability to analyze and to solve problems creatively and flexibly in a complex and rapidly changing environment
  • Self-motivated, ability to multi-task and  to exercise independent judgment
  • Ability to balance priorities and meet deadlines
  • Strong service orientation and interest in information users' values and needs
  • Commitment to professional growth and development


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with identities management systems, including VIAF, LCNAF, ISNI and controlled vocabularies, including FAST and AAT
  • Experience using APIs for data retrieval and manipulation
  • Familiarity with tools that transform metadata and cross walk between standard formats, such as Python, XSLT, JavaScript, or Ruby
  • Familiarity with linked data, semantic web applications, ontologies, and RDF/SPARQL
  • Experience in an academic or research library, museum, archive, or comparable environment
  • Familiarity with archival practice and associated metadata such as EAD, DACS, EAC-CPF


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

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