Systems & Discovery Librarian

Amherst, MA
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Created: January 28, 2020


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

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 in conjunction with the college archivist; and the Five College implementation of FOLIO ( The librarian creates, updates, and maintains metadata for all library resources, working closely with the college archivist and others to identify appropriate structures and best practices. They acquire materials for the library and prepare them for addition to the collection; negotiates with vendors for serial, monograph, and electronic resources acquisitions and licensing; oversees systems for archival documentation; and facilitates streamlined and consolidated access to collections. The systems and discovery librarian works collaboratively with departments such as access services, media services, and the research librarians. This position provides supervision for technical services projects and employees.

A master's degree in Library Information Science (ALA Accredited), or equivalent, and a minimum of three years of related experience, are required. The 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. The successful candidate should have knowledge of current and emerging metadata standards and tools, such as 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 is 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, January 28, 2020 20:33 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 20:33 UTC