Metadata Discovery Librarian – Library (Assistant Professor) — NYC, New York


Hunter College Libraries is seeking an innovative, collaborative, and growth oriented professional for the position of Metadata and Discovery Librarian (Assistant Professor). The ideal candidate will be able to work across divisions in library services with a diverse array of talented students and colleagues. They will embrace the values of equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice in working with people, collections, and systems, applying these principles to our metadata and discovery environments. They will find interest in developing and sharing innovative approaches to applying metadata to Hunter Libraries’ collections and will share a commitment to participating in shared decision making in committees across the Hunter libraries, Hunter College, and CUNY environments. The position is part of a cohort hiring plan that will also include a Collections & Acquisitions Strategies Librarian.

The Metadata and Discovery Librarian will be based at Hunter College’s main campus located on East 68th Street in Manhattan and will support branch libraries for Social Work & Public Health, Health Professions, and Art. Hunter College Libraries operate near many major cultural institutions and offer scholars and creative artists a vibrant and dynamic community within a highly diverse urban setting. As part of the City University of New York, a nationally recognized public metropolitan university system, Hunter is committed to active engagement with students and the community at large, and embraces equity, inclusiveness, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work.

In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Creates original and complex-copy records; assess and activate community records within Ex Libris’s Alma; enhance existing bibliographic records
  • Coordinates batch-loading procedures and enhance vendor-supplied records
  • Explores automated approaches in Alma to facilitate efficient and agile management of collections.
  • Pursues collaborative approaches to sharing metadata inside and outside the CUNY environment.
  • Collaborates with liaison librarians to develop metadata approaches tailored to the Hunter Community
  • Supervises part- and full-time personnel in functions relating to metadata and discovery

As a member of the libraries’ faculty, the Metadata & Discovery Librarian engages directly with students and faculty and collaborates with library faculty and staff to improve the quality and relevance of library metadata.

This is a tenure track position. Professional effectiveness in librarianship, an active scholarly agenda, and participation in college-wide and university-wide programs and committees as assigned are required for tenure and promotion.


  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Additional Master’s degree
  • Work experience involving one or more of the following: MARC cataloging, resource description, metadata standards, Integrated Library Systems
  • Experience expanding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility incollection building and/or scholarly communication
  • Experience working with Alma or a similar library system
  • Experience innovating and implementing new services, work methods, and developing new models to apply to challenges in Metadata and Discovery
  • Excellent interpersonal oral and written communication skills
  • A collaborative approach to problem solving and working across organizational boundaries
  • Demonstrated success working collaboratively with faculty and staff of different classifications and ranks

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise with literature and information sources used in one or more academic disciplines
  • Experience with non-MARC metadata standards such as RDA, Dublin Core, XML, EAD
  • Foreign language skills
  • Supervisory experience
  • Additional Doctorate or professional degree
  • We expect the candidate to be stronger in some qualifications listed above than others; we are committed to helping our future colleague expand their skills, as well as learning from their areas of strength.


Salary commensurate with academic accomplishments and experience.

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.

Assistant Professor: $70,238 – $90,375


Applications must be submitted online by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website To search for this vacancy, click on SEARCH ALL POSTINGS and in SEARCH JOBS field, enter the Job Opening ID number 28137

Click on the “APPLY NOW” button and follow the application instructions. Current users of the site should access their established accounts;. New users should follow the instructions to set up an account.

Please have your documents available to attach into the application before you begin. Note, the required material must be uploaded as ONE document under CV/ Resume (do not upload individual files for a cover letter, references, etc.). The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format- and name of file should not exceed ten (10) characters – also DO NOT USE SYMBOLS (such as accents (é, è, (â, î or ô), ñ, ü, ï , –, _ or ç)).

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please include:

Cover Letter and/ or Statement of scholarly interests

Curriculum Vitae/ Resume

Names and contact information of 3 references

Upload all documents as ONE single file– PDF format preferred


The committee will begin reviewing complete applications on April 22, 2024. The search will remain open, and screening and review of applications will be ongoing– until the position is filled. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if the position(s) remain open after initial round.


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Your contact information (in case we have any questions)
John Pell
Interim Chief Librarian
Hunter College