Libraries and businesses require professionals to organize and classify information resources to provide easy and accurate access to information, and professional librarians with excellent technical skills are in demand as metadata librarians.
Metadata librarians use standards to describe a wide variety of items in their work. Fluency and experience in Extensible Markup Language (XML), which is now employed on the web, is critical, as well as being able to think abstractly in defining new ways to describe collections of things, using taxonomies or standard vocabularies. This is detail-oriented work, and metadata librarians who develop complementary technical skills in programming, user experience are able to grow their careers more broadly into technology work in the libraries and businesses in which they work.
Skills: Experience with a range of metadata standards, vocabularies and web technologies . Familiarity with integrated library systems. Some positions might require experience with linked data and semantic web applications. Some positions may require experience with digital repositories.
Average Salary: Librarians average $26.62/Hr. Certain metadata librarian positions may be higher than average, especially positions requiring stronger technical skills.
Outlook: Employment of librarians is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. However retirements are anticipated. Technological skills improve employment prospects as well as provide entry into faster growing professions. Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.