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Metadata and Discovery Librarian

Job description

Join a team that’s transforming the library and archives, campus, and community culture through welcome by offering a sense of place, purpose, value, and belonging.  

The Ida Jane Dacus Library seeks a creative and advocacy-oriented Metadata and Discovery Librarian who leverages current and emerging standards to surface the richness of the Library’s and Archives' collections and support the teaching and scholarship of the Winthrop community. Reporting to the Head of Content Services, the Metadata and Discovery Librarian works collaboratively with library and archives employees to provide direction and leadership for metadata creation throughout the library’s collections. The successful candidate implements a guiding leadership ethos, applies iterative approaches to problem solving, and considers the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Core Organizational Values – and Winthrop University’s values – of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in their daily and long-term work. 

The Metadata and Discovery Librarian supervises two staff positions and, as necessary, student workers.  This is a 12-month tenure-track faculty position, and rank will be assigned at the assistant or associate level, commensurate with experience. 

Essential duties include

  • Serve as the principal cataloger, performing original and complex copy cataloging for library and archival resources in all formats.
  • Manage, train, and direct staff in the creation of metadata and cataloging in all formats.  
  • Manage and direct authority work for library collections using NACO and local standards.  
  • Partner with Archives personnel to evaluate and refine the workflows for metadata creation and maintenance.  
  • Partner with the Digital Services and Systems Librarian in maintaining the integrity of the university’s institutional repository.  
  • Identifies, prioritizes, and implements metadata projects.  
  • Monitors and maintains integrity of information discovery within the shared library services platform.  
  • Leads the development and documentation of local cataloging and metadata policies, procedures, and best practices.  
  • Maintain currency in cataloging and metadata tools, standards, and trends.  
  • Gather, analyze, and report metadata and cataloging statistics.  
  • Participate in the library’s collection development processes and research and information programs and services.  
  • Participate in academic responsibility, student intellectual development, scholarly activity, and professional stewardship activities as outlined for promotion and tenure.  
  • Perform other duties as assigned.  

Salary: Begins at $56,000, commensurate with qualifications. 

Work Environment: This position requires daily contact with students and campus employees. Additionally, the successful candidate will have the ability and is encouraged to work with the surrounding community and with other universities, national, and international stakeholders and partners.  



  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree.  
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.  
  • Demonstrated proficiency with cataloging and metadata tools and standards, such as RDA, Dublin Core, MARC, LC Classification, LCSH, and OCLC.  


  • At least two years of supervisory experience.

  • Two or more years of project management experience. 

  • Proficiency with Ex Libris Alma and OCLC WorldCat/Connexion.  

  • Foundational knowledge of NACO.  

  • Experience with open-access web-publishing.  

  • Working knowledge of OAI-PMH and metadata mapping.  

Application Instructions

Please submit the following items: 

  • Cover letter; 
  • Curriculum vitae; 
  • Names, titles, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three professional references; 
  • A statement on how you would implement a sense of welcome through this position (500 words or fewer); and 
  • All graduate degree transcripts (unofficial transcripts acceptable at this stage). 

All materials should be submitted electronically via https://apply.interfolio.com/64728.  Review of applications will begin on June 1, 2021 and will continue until the position has been filled. 

About Ida Jane Dacus Library and Louise Pettus Archives & Special Collections  

Ida Jane Dacus Library and Louise Pettus Archives & Special Collections are Winthrop University’s central information and cultural heritage spaces. 

Dacus Library houses over 400,000 physical items and our collections are expanded through our partnerships in state and regional consortia, as well as our traditional borrowing and lending services. We have study and gathering spaces, collaborative, campus-wide programs and events, and engaged library employees who offer expertise via traditional and creative research and information services.  

Pettus Archives houses 4,500 linear feet including the University Archives, more than 1,700 Manuscript collections, and over 8,000 bound volumes. The Manuscript Collection includes personal papers of notable people and artifacts documenting the culture and lifeways from local, regional, and international locales.  Many other items, including oral histories, undergraduate and faculty research, and more are discoverable in our institutional repository. 

About Winthrop University  

Founded in 1886 and located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Winthrop University offers its 6,000-plus undergraduate and graduate students an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement. In its degree-granting Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop embraces only those programs and activities that can be delivered at an exemplary level. Winthrop is well known for its inclusive and supportive campus environment, with University College supporting programs in both academic and student affairs. Winthrop University is achieving national stature as a competitive and distinctive co-educational, public, residential, comprehensive, values-oriented institution. The values of service, excellence, diversity, community, and leadership provide the foundation for the University’s continuing development and shape Winthrop’s continuing success. Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the Winthrop Experience, including the most recent U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Winthrop as one of the top-10 public comprehensive universities in the South. Winthrop is an active member of the Rock Hill community and is recognized as a key component of the region’s economic resurgence. Approximately 20 minutes from Charlotte, North Carolina, Winthrop has direct access to and is engaged in a broad and expansive regional arts and business community. Winthrop’s beautiful campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The attractive recreational and research complex area that surrounds Winthrop Lake is home to Winthrop’s 17 Division I men’s and women’s sports. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Winthrop University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.





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Posted: 4/28/2021
Application Due: 6/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time
Salary: Begins at $56,000, commensurate with qualifications