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Metadata and Discovery Librarian

Winthrop University
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Begins at $56,000, commensurate with qualifications

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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  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.



Ideally situated in the heart of the Carolinas, Winthrop University is a highly ranked public, comprehensive university in Rock Hill, South Carolina, that is committed to be among the very best institutions of its kind.  Founded in 1886, Winthrop offers its students an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement.  Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the “Winthrop Experience,” including the most recent US News & World Report’s ranking of Winthrop as one of the top-10 public comprehensive universities in the South.  

Winthrop Mag fall 2017Today more than 5,000 undergraduate and 1,000-plus graduate students are enrolled at Winthrop University.  The University recruits South Carolina’s most able students as well as highly qualified students from beyond the state whose presence adds diversity and enrichment.  Winthrop prides itself on being the institution of choice for groups traditionally under-represented on many college campuses, providing Winthrop faculty with the opportunity to create a teaching legacy that not only changes individual lives, but reshapes whole family trajectories.

Where we are matters, and Winthrop’s presence is significant.  Winthrop University is an active member of York County and recognized as a key component of the region’s economic growth.  With Charlotte  less than 20 minutes away—and 300-plus Fortune 500 Companies in Winthrop’s backyard—formal and informal community partnerships are numerous, threading through school and business networks. While Winthrop students have options about where they conduct their experiential learning, faculty and staff are privileged to select a residence from neighborhoods large, small, or somewhere in-between.  During holiday, Winthrop faculty find themselves a short drive from either the mountains or the beach.

Included in the National Register of Historic Places, Winthrop’s campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings.  The attractive recreational and research complex area that surrounds Winthrop Lake is home to Winthrop’s 16 Division I men's and women's sports. The physical beauty of Winthrop’s campus is a source of great pride, one that reflects the learning community for which it provides a foundation.  


Whether in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, College of Education, or College of Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop University offers only those degree programs that can be delivered at an exemplary level.  High-impact practices such as first-year experiences, common intellectual experiences, undergraduate research, and global learning are embedded throughout the curriculum, encouraging active teaching and learning.  At Winthrop, faculty—not teaching assistants—are the lead facilitators, class sizes are small enough that teachers know their students by name, and faculty research agendas often include student collaborators. 

Quality student life programs supplement the academic, providing opportunities and services to foster student development along cognitive, personal, and interpersonal dimensions.  Students pursuing lifetime wellness can run alongside their faculty at the Lois Rhame West Health, Physical Education and Wellness Center where members can access a climbing wall, four racquetball courts, a 25-yard pool with 8 lanes, four basketball courts, an 8,000 square foot weight room, 2,000 square feet of cardio space with four additional cardio stations, and two aerobic/activity rooms. 

Inside—and outside—the classroom Winthrop prioritizes a learning environment that produces Winthrop graduates who:

· Think critically and solve problems 


· Are personally and socially responsible 


· Understand the interconnected nature of the world and the time in which they live 


· Communicate effectively 


Faculty and staff who expertly model and teach these competencies are an excellent fit at Winthrop and a critical ingredient in the Winthrop Experience.  We encourage you to review current openings and bookmark our jobs page for future possibilities.






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