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Metadata and Discovery Librarian

Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC, United States

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Metadata and Discovery Librarian

Rock Hill, SC, United States
Open Date:
Feb 12, 2024

Ida Jane Dacus Library invites applications for a 12-month, tenure-track Assistant/Associate Metadata and Discovery Librarian position. As the principal cataloger for Ida Jane Dacus Library and Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections, a successful candidate will be expected to create original and complex copy cataloging and metadata schema to ensure the discoverability and accessibility of library and archival materials. The candidate will teach in the Information Literacy program, maintain scholarly activity, and engage in professional service. The Metadata and Discovery Librarian reports to the Head of Technical and Digital Initiatives and provides training and guidance to two library specialists. Rank will be assigned at the assistant or associate level, commensurate with experience.


  • Serves as the principal cataloger, performing original and complex copy cataloging for physical and digital formats using national systems and standards.
  • Provides training and guidance to two library metadata and cataloging specialists.
  • Develops local cataloging and metadata policies, as well as procedures.
  • Leads the creation, identification, prioritization, and implementation of metadata projects.  
  • Ensures the accuracy of Winthrop’s holdings in the shared library services platform.
  • Participates in deaccessioning projects and coordinates physical processing of weeded materials. 
  • Works with Archives personnel to evaluate and refine the workflows for metadata creation and maintenance.
  • Collaborates with the Digital Strategies and Systems Librarian to maintain the integrity of the university’s institutional repository.
  • Gathers, analyzes and reports metadata and cataloging statistics.
  • Maintains currency in cataloging and metadata tools, standards, and trends.
  • Maintains awareness of cataloging/metadata practices that impact effective access and discoverability of DEI materials.
  • Participates in the library’s collection development processes.
  • Teaches information literacy and participates in reference service rotations and programs.
  • Maintains creative and scholarly activity.
  • Engages in professional stewardship and academic responsibility within the library, archives, university, profession, and community.
  • Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships and effective communication with all library and archives employees.
  • Performs other duties, responsibilities, or special projects as assigned.
About Winthrop University

Founded in 1886, Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, 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 colleges of Business Administration; Arts and Sciences; Education, Sport, and Human Sciences; 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 Winthrop’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 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 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 18 Division I men’s and women’s sports.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree.
  • Two or more years of cataloging and metadata experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with cataloging and metadata tools and standards in a mixed RDA/AACR2 environment using the MARC 21 standards, LC classification, Dublin Core, LCSH, and OCLC.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with Ex Libris Alma, Primo, and OCLC WorldCat/Connexion.
  • Working knowledge of OAI-PMH and metadata mapping.
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of cataloging music scores, books, and materials.
  • Experience with open-access web publishing.
  • Two or more years of supervisory experience.
  • Experience working in an academic library.
  • Two or more years of project management experience.
  • Experience working with archival materials.

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
  • All graduate degree transcripts (unofficial transcripts acceptable at this stage).

All materials should be submitted electronically via Review of applications will begin on March 18, 2024 and will continue until the position has been filled.

Winthrop University is committed to providing a safe campus community. Winthrop conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a student loan default check, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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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701 Oakland Ave
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