Latest Job Postings

Job Title Institution Location Description Application Deadline
Assistant Director for Library Technologies and Metadata Davidson College Davidson, NC
Davidson College Library seeks a librarian who is both technologically adept and big-picture oriented to lead our systems and cataloging department.  The Assistant Director for Library Technologies and Metadata will serve as a member of the library’s leadership team as well as manage and directly supervise librarians performing the systems, cataloging, and metadata functions.  The Assistant Director for Library Technologies and Metadata also participates in the creation of, planning for, and implementation of strategic library initiatives.  This includes direct participation in creating and managing technical solutions requiring systems administration, programming, and scripting skills.  This person leads the development, implementation, and assessment of policies, procedures, and programs in these areas.
  • Investigates, recommends, and implements new technologies to enhance and transform library management of information resources and enhance student learning; works with the Assistant Director for Research, Teaching, and Collections to identify and evaluate such technologies.
  • Encourages and enables use of flexible and customizable library systems solutions through direct application of system administration, programming, and scripting skills.
  • Participates in the development of library-wide goals through service on the Management Council.  Provides leadership and direction for translating these goals into operational plans for his/her area of responsibility.
  • Encourages and enables systems and cataloging & metadata staff to perform at high levels of accomplishment.
Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association
  • At least five years of systems experience in an academic library
  • Project management experience and effective leadership and management abilities; skills in facilitation, consensus building, and creative problem solving as well as preference for team-based approaches to achieving success.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of system administration and configuration, scripting and one or more object oriented programming languages.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging trends in academic and digital library services and resources and ability to translate into vision and strategy 
Desired Qualifications
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging standards and practices
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse groups
  • Commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
This is a full-time, 12-month position.  The anticipated start date is no later than summer 2016.  Review of applications will begin on April 18, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.
Candidates are asked to submit a resume and a cover letter addressing their experience and skills and how they relate to the mission of Davidson College and the Library.  Applicants must also attach a statement of no more than one page describing a programming or scripting project they have done.  More information about how to submit an application can be found at
Consistently ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, Davidson College is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college located in Davidson, North Carolina, close to the city of Charlotte.
Review of applications will begin on April 18, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.
Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY

Vassar College Libraries seeks collaborative and entrepreneurial candidates for the position of Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services. The incumbent will work closely with colleagues to advance the Libraries’ efforts to work with faculty and students pursuing digitally-enhanced modes of learning and research.  Along with partners in the Libraries as well as Computing and Information Services, the Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services will identify and develop digital projects, technological resources, physical and virtual spaces, and training opportunities that address emerging needs across disciplines. The successful candidate will help to sustain and enhance the Libraries’ longstanding strengths in digital collections, metadata expertise, and long-term stewardship, merging them with faculty work in the digital humanities and digitally-enhanced learning, and offering services to address changing practices in scholarly communications.

Social Sciences and Data Librarian Kenyon College Gambier, OH

Kenyon College seeks a creative, collaborative and service-oriented Social Sciences and Data Librarian to provide research and teaching support to the faculty and students. As a member of the Research & Instruction department, the Social Sciences and Data Librarian serves as a liaison to Social Sciences departments (e.g. Economics, Sociology, Political Science) and related departments (e.g. Math) providing collection development and instructional support.  The Social Sciences and Data Librarian serves as a resource for students and faculty working with data sources and software common to Social Science research, and as a partner with the other liaison librarians and college departments (e.g. Center for Innovative Pedagogy, Math-Science Skills Center). The Social Sciences and Data Librarian will provide leadership and expertise in supporting library services related to the discovery and use of the emerging trends pertaining to research and data tools, primarily in the social sciences. 

This position is a newly redefined role. The successful candidate will shape the position, take a leading role in the development of an integrated set of data services, provide leadership for the development and implementation of Kenyon College Library initiatives that assist faculty and students in navigating government information and data-related issues, including data discovery, analysis, visualization, and management.


  • ALA-Accredited Master's degree in library and information science or equivalent.
  • Two years relevant experience as a librarian.
  • Experience providing research assistance in an academic library including research/ reference service and library instruction.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and teaching skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of software for statistical analysis including but not limited to SAS, SPSS, Stata, R, Minitab, and Tableau applications.
  • An understanding and knowledge of current and emerging trends in social sciences and government data.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong public service orientation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively on teams.
  • Work schedule will require evenings and the occasional weekend.


  • Undergraduate/Graduate degree in sociology, political science, public policy, economics, statistics, or math.
  • Excellent technological skills, especially in managing and manipulating quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Experience with electronic resources, information technologies, and collection management.
  • Experience with existing and emerging social science research tools, methodologies, and resources (especially data visualization and government information.)
  • Experience using mobile devices, social networking, and other forms of technology to deliver information services to library constituents.

Working Conditions: Normal library working conditions.  

Candidates applying by April 25, 2016 will be given first consideration for this position.  Apply on Kenyon's employment site:

Candidates applying by April 25, 2016 will be given first consideration for this position.
Metadata/Discovery Librarian Amherst College Amherst, MA

Amherst College: Staff Search: Frost Library

Location: Amherst, MA

Full-time position, salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

The Amherst College Library seeks a talented librarian to join a collaborative and dynamic team as the Metadata/Discovery Librarian. Amherst has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one quarter of Amherst’s students consists of Pell Grant recipients, and many more are first-generation students; nearly half of our students are non-immigrant minorities. We seek candidates who have experience working in a multicultural environment and/or are interested in supporting a diverse student body.

You will work with a cross-departmental team to a) create and maintain metadata that provides or improves access to digital library collections and b) enable and facilitate the discoverability of resources. The Metadata/Discovery Librarian will participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of metadata policies, goals, and procedures and also work to provide optimal access to e-resources through user-focused practices with existing and potential discovery tools and systems.   

Principal duties and responsibilities

  • Supports discovery of and access to digital library collections through metadata creation, analysis, enrichment, quality assurance, and maintenance according to national metadata standards and best-practices.
  • Implements policies, goals, and procedures for non-MARC metadata, in consultation with the Metadata Management Librarian.
  • Assists with establishing appropriate approaches for the creation of metadata for individual projects or classes of materials in consultation with various stakeholders.
  • Provides instruction and training of graduate school Interns and Residents based in Technical Services in all aspects of metadata production, with an emphasis on building skills to support the evolution of bibliographic control, to improve metadata quality, consistency, efficiency, and output. 
  • Participates with Metadata Manager on digital collections and digital scholarship projects in partnership with faculty and/or students. Provides instruction in description, controlled vocabularies, tagging, and discovery as needed.
  • Works closely with Research, Instruction & User Experience Librarian to support usability, coordination, and assessment of resources in an online environment.
  • Continually develops expertise with emerging technologies and identifies, monitors, assesses, and relays information about trends and innovations in e-resources and discovery to others.
  • Initiates improvements to the design and development of how electronic resources are delivered-- informed by user preferences, communication with external service providers, and user communities. Works with the Head of Serials to integrate new features in discovery, solve issues, and provide optimal access to the Library’s electronic resources.
  • Serves at a Reference desk, up to 5 hours a week.  
  • Actively participates in outreach activities, committees and work groups of the Library, the College, and Five Colleges and regional and national organizations as appropriate.
  • Demonstrates and facilitates effective communication throughout the Library and across the College.




  • Master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or foreign equivalent required.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging rules, metadata schemas, standards, tools and their application, such as RDA, LCSH, LCC, MARC21, OCLC, MODS,VRA Core, Dublin Core, DCRMs, DLF MODS Guidelines, and DACS.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends and practices with linked data, semantic web applications, ontologies, and  authority/identifier initiatives related to metadata
  • Experience with principles of authority control, including selecting and applying controlled vocabularies.
  • Experience with Oxygen or similar XML editor, macros, and/or tools for transforming metadata.
  • Experience with e-resource discovery and access, the creation of dynamic web content, and user testing.
  • Familiarity with an integrated library system, discovery layers, and link resolvers.
  • Strong user-centered approach and knowledge of assessment tools in decision-making. 
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills with proven success in independently prioritizing work and managing competing deadlines. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to advocate for the Library to a variety of constituents; positive customer service orientation. 
  • Commitment to work closely with colleagues, undergraduates, faculty, staff, and college administrators. 
  • Willingness to tackle challenges in an academic library with energy and enthusiasm, showing patience, tact, and affable benevolence.
  • Competence and sensitivity in working at a college in which students are broadly diverse with regard to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.  

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references. A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply.  The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college’s community is composed of about 1,800 students from 49 states, plus D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty.  The college’s scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm; three museums:  Emily Dickinson MuseumBeneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium.  The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life.   Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst a great place to work, learn and live!

Please apply here:


Social Sciences and Data Librarian Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY

Vassar College Libraries seeks creative, collaborative candidates for the position of Social Sciences and Data Librarian.  As a member of the Research & Instructional Services department, the Social Sciences and Data Librarian serves as a research consultant, liaison, and collaborator with faculty and students in the Social Sciences departments (e.g. Economics, Anthropology) and related multidisciplinary programs (e.g. Urban Studies).

Head of User Services Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY

Vassar College Libraries seeks a forward-thinking and user-oriented Head of User Services to oversee the operations of the circulation, course reserves, collections maintenance, and interlibrary loan departments, providing consistent and excellent service for library users. Overseeing a unit of 8 union staff, the Head of User Services will work to ensure that these essential user-facing services are highly functional and responsive to the needs of the Vassar community.

Science Librarian St. Lawrence University Canton, New York

St. Lawrence University seeks an innovative, creative and service-oriented colleague as our next Science Librarian.  Part of the Libraries and Information Technology division and reporting to the Director of Libraries, the Science Librarian oversees the Launders Science Library, supervises the Science Library staff, manages the collections, and provides instruction, reference, and research consultation services for students and faculty in the sciences. 

Open until filled
Subscribe to Latest Job Postings