Metadata Librarian / Llyfrgellydd Metadata

  • Job Reference: 22REQ0002246
  • Date Posted: 21 September 2022
  • Recruiter: Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Location: Cyncoed and Llandaff Campus
  • Salary: £32,348 to £35,333
  • Sector: Higher Education
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full-time

Job Description

The opportunity

You will have a lead role in defining appropriate and effective metadata and discovery policies for Cardiff Met’s Library Service and ensuring successful adoption / evaluation of such. 

You will be responsible for the creation, sourcing and maintenance of high-quality metadata. 

You will work collaboratively, contributing to and monitoring sector developments and changing requirements to ensure the library adheres to best practice and maintains efficient workflows. 

What we are looking for

  • Degree qualification in a Library, information science or management discipline.
  • Experience of cataloguing to international cataloguing standards and classifying using Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). 
  • Sound understanding of emerging cataloguing standards, metadata workflows and current national initiatives, e.g. Plan M and the NBK, would be desirable.
  • Proficient IT and data handling skills.
  • Experience in using library technologies that support metadata management workflows, e.g. OpenRefine or MarcEdit would be desirable. 
  • Ability to problem solve, and to identify and implement practical solutions.
  • Evidence of undertaking continuous professional development (CPD).

Why join Cardiff Metropolitan University?

We're delighted to have recently won two prestigious awards – the Times Higher Education UK and Ireland University of the Year 2021 and The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide Welsh University of the Year 2021.

The Library Services team are central to the student experience at Cardiff Met. Library Services are designed and delivered with the needs of the entire Cardiff Metropolitan University community at their heart.  We connect with and enable our communities’ work and ambitions through our provision of collections and spaces and how we work in partnership to share our knowledge.   

As Metadata Librarian you will join Technical Services, we are a small, friendly, high performing team within Library Services and we have expertise and specialisms in Acquisitions and E-resource Management, Library Systems, Copyright and Licensing, Interlibrary Loans and Metadata.    

We work collaboratively with the rest of the Library Services and other Schools / Units, where applicable to share our expertise.  We network / knowledge share with our library peers from other Welsh Higher Education Institutions on joint projects / national initiatives to help deliver the WHELF strategy and action plan.

For more details about these initiatives see:

Being part of the wider Library and Information Services (L&IS) professional unit means we also work closely with our IT colleagues to innovate our service and ensure it is responsive to all our users’ needs. 

We benefit from our IT colleagues’ support and expertise to develop our skills and learn about the most up to date technologies and systems.

The University offers highly competitive terms and conditions including:

  • Annual leave of 25 days (rising to 30 days after one year’s complete service) plus 12 bank holiday / concessionary days.
  • Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme with generous contributions.
  • Flexible and remote working opportunities.
  • Excellent family friendly policies.
  • Award winning sports and fitness facilities with subsidised membership, plus subsidised physiotherapy/complementary therapy/sports massage.
  • Access to all library facilities.
  • Salary sacrifice schemes including cycle to work.
  • Free family access to our independent specialist wellbeing support provider, Health Assured.

If you would like to talk with us about this opportunity please contact Julie Neenan, Librarian; Head of Technical Services, at

Should a high volume of applications be received, we may need to close this vacancy early. We therefore encourage you to apply as early as possible.

The University is committed to creating a highly inclusive culture. We offer family friendly and flexible working arrangements and a range of staff networks, forums and events to support and develop our people. We warmly welcome applications from those traditionally underrepresented in the higher education sector.

Further information

For more information and to apply please go to the website via the Apply button.

Closing date:  17th October 2022

Job Description: Metadata Librarian - Welsh

Job Description: Metadata Librarian - English