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Discovery Services Librarian, Edsel Ford Memorial Library, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT


Department: Edsel Ford Memorial Library

FLSA: Exempt

Job Status: Full-time (40 hrs), 12-Month

Reports to: Assistant Library Director

Travel: N/A


The Discovery Services Librarian will work directly under the supervision of the Assistant Library Director and be 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 accessability 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 statements above describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.



  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college; a Master's degree in Library Science or a related field.

  • Familiarity with office productivity software, including databases; SQL experience 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.

  • Hired applicant must successfully pass a background check and be eligible to work in the United States


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

  • Hours include late afternoon, evening, and weekend shifts

  • Hired applicant must successfully pass a background check and be eligible to work in the United States

The Hotchkiss School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Tobacco-Free Environment.

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