The evolving role of the metadata librarian: Competencies found in job descriptions

Myung Ja Han, Patricia Hswe

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Metadata librarian positions have been increasing in academic and research libraries in the last decade, paralleling the expanded provision of, and thus description of and access to, digital resources. Library literature has only begun to explore the significance and implications of this new, still evolving role. In the context of a twenty-first-century academic library, what knowledge and experience should a metadata librarian have? How different is the job of a metadata librarian from the job of a cataloging librarian? One way to determine the kinds of qualifications and skills being sought is to consult job postings for metadata librarians. The authors examined job descriptions dating from 2000 through 2008 that were featured in advertisements for both metadata librarians and cataloging librarians, to determine where these two roles converge and diverge, and what these commonalities and differences convey about the role of metadata librarians today.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-141
Number of pages13
JournalLibrary Resources and Technical Services
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


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