Assistant Professor, Library Science (Metadata)

Wheaton, IL
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Created: June 21, 2022


Position:  Librarian / Assistant Professor

Location: Wheaton, IL

Job Id:  859

# of Openings:  1


  • Provides leadership for resource description, applying current national and local cataloging rules, standards, and practices; proposes new workflows; and keeps up to date with best practices
  • Performs original and complex-copy cataloging and metadata across all formats
  • Ensures the authority and maintenance of the library catalog, particularly for subject headings; monitors authority reports and resolves database problems; uses system and customized reports to identify maintenance and cleanup projects
  • Serves as subject librarian to assigned academic disciplines
    • Builds relationships with faculty and students; selects library resources; teaches library instruction classes
    • Participates in and contributes to developmental activities as a member of the Subject Librarian Team
  • Provides general research assistance at the Research Help Desk in person and virtually, and by appointment 
  • Participates broadly on campus as a library faculty member (e.g., faculty governance, student mentoring); engages in ongoing professional development; engages in service to the profession
  • Contributes actively to group objectives and priorities
  • Contributes actively to library-wide mission, plans, and objectives
  • Supervises Resource Description Associate
  • May lead and/or participate in cross-functional library teams


Characteristics & Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to teamwork and collegial relationships, excellent communication skills, and personal flexibility. Engages in outcomes-focused thinking. Desire to continually learn and grow. Committed to modeling these qualities to all library faculty/staff as a member of the library faculty.
  • M.L.S. or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited program or foreign equivalent; additional graduate degree(s) preferred
  • Broad interests and intellectual curiosity; aptitude for and commitment to serving broadly on campus as a library faculty member; commitment to the academic success of faculty and students
  • Aptitude, training, and skill in cataloging and metadata; knowledge of emerging cataloging trends and technologies 
  • Ability to utilize technology in service of the library’s mission 

WHEATON COLLEGE is an evangelical Protestant Christian liberal arts college whose faculty and staff affirm a Statement of Faith and adhere to lifestyle expectations of the Wheaton College Community Covenant.  Wheaton is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and talented workforce and student body.  We encourage the expression of multiple perspectives within a Christian worldview, inside and outside the classroom.  For more information about Wheaton College visit

Additionally, Wheaton College aspires to provide a physically safe environment for students, staff, and faculty to learn and work. In support of this objective, the College requires background checks for final candidates, after an employment offer is extended.  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

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