Assistant Professor – Cataloger and Metadata, Library — Lloyd Sealy Library, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, New York, NY



John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) and an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice. Led by President Karol V. Mason, John Jay is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, it is ranked third in the nation in Black student success, and it is a top ten institution for promoting student social mobility. John Jay is proud to serve a diverse and dynamic student body of 15,000 students that includes nearly fifty percent students who are first in their family to attend college as well as students who are immigrants, from low-income families, or from other historically underrepresented groups in higher education.

The College participates in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of CUNY, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees both in traditional criminal justice-related fields of study as well as in a robust portfolio of liberal arts and sciences programs that highlight themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The College seeks staff and faculty members who thrive in multicultural academic environments and are committed to access and excellence in higher education.

About the Lloyd Sealy Library

As the knowledge center of the College community, the Lloyd Sealy Library serves as the gateway to the world of criminal justice and related fields. Boasting more than half a million books, periodicals, microforms, films and digital collections, the library integrates historical and contemporary materials to build a comprehensive collection and present a balanced view of the field of criminal justice. Our collections are an indispensable resource for faculty and students at John Jay and across CUNY, as well as scholars, practitioners and members of the criminal justice and legal communities around the world. Through its collections, technology, physical and virtual spaces, and our expert faculty and staff, the Library provides students and faculty an inclusive and welcoming environment to support and enhance the learning, teaching, and research needs of our patrons. This includes supporting the College’s efforts to enact the Seven Principles for a Culturally Responsive, Inclusive, and Anti-Racist Curriculum and its commitment to access and excellence in higher education. The library holds a number of unique special collections directly related to the mission of the College


The Lloyd Sealy Library at John Jay College invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2024. The appointment is subject to annual reappointments until tenure is earned. We are looking for a colleague who will ensure Library provided content is discoverable by our students, faculty, and the broader community by creating and editing cataloging records & metadata using OCLC products, Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo VE library systems.

This position is located in the Technical Services Department of the Library, reporting to the Chief Librarian and working directly with the Associate Librarian for Technical Services.

Candidates are expected to bring enthusiasm and demonstrated commitment to librarianship & service, and to develop and maintain an active research and publication agenda.

The College seeks a faculty member who thrives in a multicultural, collaborative academic environment and is committed to both access and excellence in higher education. The successful candidate must be eager and qualified to work with our diverse student body, and have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As demonstrated in John Jay College’s Seven Principles for a Culturally Responsive, Inclusive, and Anti-Racist Curriculum.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Original and copy cataloging of items in print and electronic formats, including but not limited to contemporary and rare books, archival materials, serials, reports, government documents, gray literature, and media.

Working collaboratively with our electronic resources librarian to manage and troubleshoot discovery using Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo VE library systems.

Creating and uploading descriptive metadata on the library digital collections.

Developing, maintaining & documenting workflows, policies, and procedures pertaining to cataloging. Supervising part time catalogers and support staff.

Pursuing an active research agenda.

Active participation on committees and working groups, including university wide cataloging & discovery committee(s).

Providing excellent customer service in support of our community of students and faculty colleagues

Participating in a work culture that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Ability to work well with others, including collaborating with other library faculty and staff to implement cross-functional initiatives.

Participating in the Library’s reference and instruction activities, including staffing in-person and chat reference and teaching one-shot information literacy classes and workshops, including occasional weekend and/or evening hours if required.

Performing other duties as assigned.


For the rank of instructor, a Master’s in Library Science (MLS), Master’s in Library Information Studies (MLIS), or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution. The candidate will be required to complete a second graduate degree within 5 years. For a degree at CUNY, tuition benefits are available (6 credits per fall/spring semester). Also required is the ability to work with others for the good of the institution.

For the rank of Assistant Professor, a Master’s in Library Science (MLS), Master’s in Library Information Studies (MLIS), or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution, with a second graduate degree required. Also expected is the potential for scholarly productivity and the ability to work with others for the good of the institution.


Familiarity with creating and editing cataloging records describing academic items in a variety of formats

Familiarity with OCLC products, such as OCLC Connexion and MarcEdit. Experience working with knowledge bases. Experience with Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo VE library systems.

Familiarity with cataloging standards for bibliographic and authority data (e.g., MARC, AACR2, RDA, LCSH, LCC).

Ability to work with common and emerging metadata standards (e.g., MARCXML, Dublin Core, MODS, XML).

Genuine interest in contemporary information discovery & organization.

Knowledge of current trends in cataloging, and willingness to work with new concepts and technologies.

Training and experience in cataloging rare books and archival collections while not essential would be welcome.

Strong analytical, problem solving and organizational skills

Effective oral and written communication skills

Ability to pay attention to detail & accuracy

Ability to establish and to coordinate complicated workflows

Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a rapidly changing environment

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a variety of people in a diverse multicultural environment.

Experience working in an academic or research library

Interest in criminal justice, and/or justice broadly defined


$52,667- $99,532 Salary commensurate with education and credentials.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance,pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave,and savings programs.We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


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Candidates should provide, in one file, a letter of application that includes how they would contribute to the diversity goals of the College, a resume, a writing sample, and names and contact information of three referees.


The review of resumes to begin on December 1, 2023.

The posting closes on December 31, 2023.


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