The Hotchkiss School is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds.
The Discovery Services Librarian, reporting directly to the Assistant Library Director, is principally responsible for curating and developing metadata for the library collections in order to enhance patron access to information resources. They will possess a future-facing perspective on library metadata, keeping abreast of developments in the field and working closely with students and faculty to determine which can be profitably adapted for use at Hotchkiss. They will work in close concert with the Assistant Director, Access Services Librarian, and the Emerging Technology Librarian to establish workflows that ensure our various online platforms take full advantage of our descriptive and technical metadata. They will also provide metadata expertise in support of the Hotchkiss Archives & Special Collections.
Serve as the Library’s expert on descriptive metadata.
Collaborate with Library, ITS, other Hotchkiss staff, and external vendors to manage metadata acquisition, transfer, and maintenance.
In support of the Access Services Librarian, collect information and data, both anecdotal and statistical, to improve the accessibility of the Library’s collections.
Classify and catalog physical and electronic items acquired by the Library, with a focus on enhancing access to the Library’s resources.
Coordinate input of individual and batch bibliographic records into the Library’s OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) and oversee the maintenance of our holdings and other data in OCLC Worldcat.
Accession, arrange, and prepare inventories and descriptions for Hotchkiss Archives holdings.
Participate in creating records for Hotchkiss Archives digital projects.
Liaise with academic departments as assigned; develop collection and instructional programs in these areas.
Staff Library Services Desk and other service points as assigned, to assist library users with questions and requests.
Work with patrons to develop their independent research skills.
Contribute to the overall maintenance of the Library collection.
Other projects and tasks as assigned by the Assistant Library Director.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.
Repetitive (keyboard) motion
Occasional bending, stooping, and reaching
Periodically carrying boxes (up to 50 lbs)
Regularly pushes/navigates fully laden book trucks
Regularly stands for long periods
Close vision, the ability to adjust focus, and comfort using a computer monitor for long periods of time
Noise level in the work environment is usually quiet
Scheduled hours include late afternoon, evening, and weekend shifts
The essential functions and basic skills have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This position description is subject to change at any time.
The Hotchkiss School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Hotchkiss School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of age, gender, religion, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or national or ancestral origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other School-administered programs, or in the administration of its hiring and employment practices.
The Hotchkiss School property is a tobacco-free environment.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college; a Master’s degree in Library Science or a related field is preferred.
Ability to work with office productivity software, including databases; SQL experience is preferred.
Experience with MARC record creation, preferably in an Integrated Library System (ILS) such as Koha, and/or in OCLC Connexion.
Demonstrated experience to organize work and perform assigned tasks independently without constant supervision and with a high level of attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to perform detailed tasks accurately and efficiently.
Must possess the ability to proofread online data.
Strongly prefer candidates with previous experience working in a library setting.
About The Hotchkiss School
The Hotchkiss School is an independent boarding school located in Lakeville, Connecticut. Founded in 1891, the school provides an education of academic distinction to 613 students in grades 9 through 12, and to a small number of postgraduates. Students at Hotchkiss come from across the United States and around the world. Graduates attend many of the most selective universities and colleges.