Systems & Discovery Librarian

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Created: November 6, 2018


Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution, is accepting applications for systems and discovery librarian to join the team in the Harold F. Johnson Library.


The systems and discovery librarian is responsible for the Library and Knowledge Commons discovery services, strategies and systems. The librarian designs, implements, and assesses (metadata-reliant) processes and other knowledge discovery strategies to enable access to research resources in all formats and fosters student access to academic services in the Knowledge Commons.  This position coordinates library-wide efforts to optimize a suite of discovery and retrieval systems designed to help users access collections and services; and leverages relevant technologies to provide user-centric services for information access and discovery in digital and physical realm. The librarian leads the continuous improvement, extension, and integration of the library’s various systems and search tools, including the library catalog, discovery layer, library website, ERM, knowledge base management, institutional repository and other digital delivery platforms.


The systems and discovery librarian is responsible for the implementation and management of the library's digital asset management systems; oversees the collaborative development of Five College Compass: Digital Collections project; and provides oversight to the technical services departments by performing and supervising metadata creation for all formats, including archival collections.  The librarian negotiates with vendors for serial, monograph, and electronic resources acquisitions and licensing.  In addition, the systems and discovery librarian oversees systems for archival documentation, and facilitates streamlined and consolidated access to collections, working collaboratively with access services, media services, and research librarians.


Master's degree in Library Information Science (ALA Accredited), or equivalent, and a minimum of three years of related experience is required. Ideal candidate must possess a record of engaged leadership, managerial, strategic planning and supervisory experience related to the position; current, innovative and successful experience with a broad range of library access and technical services systems, resource sharing, and online catalog, discovery, and other access systems; and knowledge of cataloging standards, authority control, subject analysis, and controlled vocabulary. Qualified candidate should have knowledge of current and emerging metadata standards and tools, including AACR2, RDA, EAD, MARCXML, Dublin Core, MODS and METS; knowledge of XML, XSLT is required. Candidate should possess strong computer skills and proficiency with heterogeneous operating systems; demonstrated ability to work with computer hardware and software application related to library services; and working familiarity with one or more local library management system. Experience with web scripting languages and data interchange formats such as JavaScript and JSON preferred.


The systems and discovery librarian must have a strong user focus, possessing the initiative and creativity to manage projects both independently and as part of a team, with a deep commitment to service and outreach in an academic community. A commitment to working with and supporting access by people from diverse backgrounds is essential.


This is a full time, benefited position. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits program. Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.

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Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 23:11 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 23:11 UTC