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Acquisitions and Metadata Librarian, Wheaton College, Norton, MA

Wheaton College's Wallace Library seeks a creative, enthusiastic, and mission oriented individual to join the library's Content Group. This is an exciting opportunity to assist in automating the library's acquisitions process while also contributing to the migration to a new integrated library system (WMS). The successful candidate will be interested in collection development, work-flow efficiencies, and have a strong desire to engage with community members and identify ways to improve service offerings. Knowledge of acquisitions and derivative cataloging is a must, as well as the ability and willingness to learn new technologies and work with automated systems.

This position is part of the Content Group, which focuses on direct services and support to faculty, students, and staff--as well as other LIS employees. Operations within the Content Group include: Collection Development, Acquisitions, Cataloging, Serials and E-Resources management. Under the direction of the Director of Library Resources, the Acquisitions and Metadata Librarian will be primarily responsible for overseeing monographic purchases and ensuring that the holdings are accurate in the shared catalog. This position will be responsible for approving monograph requests and recommendations in accordance with the collection development policy, as well as overseeing receipt, limited physical processing, and adaptive cataloging of items. This position will work collaboratively with the Serials and E-Resources Librarian, the Technical Services Administrative Assistant, and faculty and staff during the course of fulfilling the duties of the position. The ideal candidate will have a strong working knowledge of metadata schema and will be able to apply that knowledge to coordinate the receipt of shelf ready material and perform derivative cataloging and physical processing as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:
American Library Association-accredited Master's degree in library science, including coursework in cataloging rules and standards and two or more years of metadata and/or acquisitions experience in an academic library or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Required Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with desktop technology tools, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc.
  • Familiarity with acquisitions automation processes, preferably YBP GOBI3 environment, and shelf-ready acquisitions practices
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems, preferably OCLC's WMS
  • Ability to effectively manipulate data across systems and to manage multiple interfaces
  • Functional knowledge of metadata standards and cataloging processes in an academic library including, but not limited to, familiarity with OCLC, MARC formats, and Library of Congress classification system
  • Familiarity and comfort with technology and an eagerness to learn and further develop those skills
  • Ability to prioritize work, make decisions, and to think creatively and flexibly to produce accurate work on a timely basis
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Flexibility to adjust and thrive in a changing workplace
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and members of the college community
  • Flexibility and creativity when problem solving

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