Metadata Librarian for Slavic Languages

UNC Chapel Hill Tracs Institute
Job LocationUS
Job TagEarly Career

Location: Chapel Hill, NC


The Metadata Librarian for Slavic Languages provides original and complex copy cataloging of materials in all formats in Slavic languages, principally Russian and Czech, but also Polish, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Slovak and Ukrainian. The librarian supports the discovery of library resources by creating and enhancing bibliographic and authority records; participating in inclusion, diversity, equity, and access work; cataloging materials in English and other European languages as needed; and aiding in resolving difficult cataloging problems in specialty areas of language and subject competence.

An essential component of this work is a willingness to learn and curiosity about the cultures, history, and politics of Russia, Central/East/Southeast Europe and former Soviet republics. This position is part of a collegial, dynamic, and creative team of metadata librarians and specialists highly committed to ensuring that all library collections are discoverable and accessible, in as complete, accurate, equitable, and useful ways as possible. The librarian also works closely with the Slavic & East European Studies Librarian.


  • Original and adaptive cataloging of monographs, serials, e-resources, and other formats in Slavic languages (principally Russian and Czech, as well as Polish, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Slovak and Ukrainian) in General and Special Collections.
  • Create national-level bibliographic records as part of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) and enhance records created by other libraries.
  • Create or enhance authority records in the LC/NACO name authority file and propose subject headings for LCSH and other LC subject vocabularies as needed.
  • Participate in inclusion, diversity, equity, and access work, which may include department-wide readings, special projects, or other work that furthers the Libraries’ mission.
  • May also be required to catalog materials in English or other European languages in a variety of formats.

The Region

  • The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains and the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

Salary and Benefits

  • This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement. The salary range for this Librarian position begins at $50,000. The University Libraries intend to hire at a minimum of $57,000, with salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To Apply

  • Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of two professional references, one of whom must be a current or former supervisor.


  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library science, information science or equivalent professional degree.
  • A minimum of three months in a relevant field experience or internship or equivalent experience.
  • Reading knowledge of a Slavic language in the Cyrillic alphabet.
    Demonstrated interest in the cultural, historical, and political context of knowledge production in Russia, Central/East/Southeast Europe and former Soviet republics.
  • Fluency in written and oral English.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and attention to detail.
  • Effective organizational, interpersonal, time management, and project management skills.
  • Familiarity with cataloging procedures and principles, such as RDA, LC classification, LCSH, MARC21 bibliographic and authority formats, NACO, SACO, CONSER, LC-PCC policy statements, and cataloging support tools such as Classification Web, Cataloger’s Desktop, and RDA Toolkit.
  • Familiarity with bibliographic utilities and integrated library systems.
  • Familiarity with technical services operations, Library of Congress cataloging practices and procedures, emerging cataloging issues, and trends.
  • Willingness to travel to other buildings on campus and work in a variety of situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as cooperatively and flexibly with a diverse variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Commitment to a high level of service to faculty, staff, and students.
    Commitment to professional participation in areas relevant to the position.
  • Six months of professional cataloging experience or one year of non-professional-level experience in an academic, research or special library.
    Master’s level course in cataloging or a metadata-related subject.
    Reading knowledge of an additional Slavic language (Russian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Ukrainian).
  • Academic training in Russian, Eurasian, or Central/East/Southeast European studies.
  • Familiarity with Innovative Interfaces’ Sierra ILS system and OCLC’s Connexion client.
  • Participation in projects using critical cataloging skills that increase the diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility of the online catalog.
    The University and The Libraries
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC-Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers sixty-nine doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and law. University Library collections include over 9.7 million volumes. The library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.
  • The University Libraries are committed to increasing the diversity of its staff, and therefore welcomes applications from candidates who bring additional dimensions to our mission and work. The University Libraries invest proudly in our employees, strive to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourage vision and innovation.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.