Digital Strategies & Systems Librarian

Winthrop University
Rock Hill, South Carolina
$51,000 minimum, and commensurate with qualifications.

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Join a welcoming team that’s transforming library and campus community culture by offering a sense of place, purpose, value, and belonging on the Winthrop campus and in the surrounding community. The Ida Jane Dacus Library seeks a solution-focused, collaborative, and advocacy-oriented Digital Strategies and Systems Librarian who leverages current and emerging standards and practices to ensure the integrity of the Library and Archives’ discovery, repository, and other technological systems and associated hardware and software. 

Reporting to the Head of Content Services, the Digital Strategies & Systems Librarian works collaboratively with library and archives employees, as well as campus-wide partners and vendors to provide leadership in the maintenance and development of the library’s integrated library system, website, and institutional repository. This person in this role provides collegial guidance in associated policies, workflows, and procedures in order to support the teaching and scholarship of the Winthrop community. The successful candidate implements a guiding leadership ethos, applies creative 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 collaborative work. 

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:
• Provide leadership for the library and archives’ discovery systems and technology products, including Ex Libris Alma, Digital Commons, and Springshare.
• Manage and prioritize information technology needs of the library and the archives, including monitoring support requests.
• Partner with library and archives personnel to implement and refine workflows associated with relevant metadata schema and guidelines. • Supervises and collaborates with the library’s liaison to the campus' information technology services department.
• Identifies, prioritizes, and implements technology projects.
• Monitors and maintains integrity of information discovery within the shared library services platform and the institutional repository.
• Maintain currency of knowledge in emerging library technology trends.
• Stays up-to-date on changes and upgrades to library systems and platforms already in place.
• 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: $51,000 minimum, and commensurate with qualifications.

Work Environment: This position requires daily contact with students, faculty, and staff on campus. Additionally, the successful candidate may work with the surrounding community and with other universities, national, and international stakeholders and partners.

Recent graduates of MLIS programs are encouraged to apply.

• ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree.
• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Proficiency with Ex Libris Alma or working knowledge of other library services platform.

People interested in this position may find the following skills and qualifications beneficial to performing the responsibilities of this role.
• At least two years of supervisory experience.
• Two or more years of project management experience.
• Working knowledge of OAI-PMH and metadata mapping.
• Experience using CSS, XML, HTML, and SQL.
• Experience as administrator of institutional repositories such as Digital Commons.
• Experience as administrator of Springshare products.
• Experience troubleshooting hardware and software issues.
• Familiarity with web site administration and management. • Demonstrated proficiency with metadata tools and standards, such as RDA, Dublin Core, MARC.
• Ability to communicate complex technical information to multiple types of stakeholders and audiences.

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.  Review of applications will begin on November 8, 2021 and will continue until the position has been filled. 

  Application Process

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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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