Head, Resource Description & Metadata Services

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Created: January 10, 2014


The George Mason University Libraries seek a creative and dynamic leader to provide direction and vision for our Resource Description and Metadata Services (RDMS) department. As part of Mason Libraries Technical Services Group, you’ll work with talented and motivated librarians and staff who process a healthy volume of print and electronic materials.

This is a forward-looking department that optimistically plans for the future of acquisitions and cataloging. We have good workflows in place for receiving and cataloging, and consult on and participate in metadata creation across the libraries. We are looking for someone who is energized by cataloging and wants to be a part of a team that envisions and enacts the future of cataloging at Mason!

This is a highly collaborative position, offering the opportunity to continue and extend good relationships with a number of colleagues across the Libraries, including the Head, Resource Acquisition, the Information Analyst for Technical Services, Digital Programs and Systems Group, Collection Development & Preservation, Special Collections & Archives, and Liaison Librarians.

Some details: RDMS staff is comprised of professional faculty librarians (3 FTE) and cataloging staff (8 FTE). This position manages ongoing workflows and special projects for the Unit, which encompasses receiving, and copy and original cataloging of library materials in all formats, including digital, multi-media, and special collections material. Incumbent determines best practices for cataloging and descriptive workflows; provides quality control for processed materials utilizing various metadata standards; ensures bibliographic integrity by actively using authority control; and edits and updates database records using batch process tools, such as MARCEdit.

Required Qualifications:
  • ALA-accredited MLS or ALA-recognized foreign equivalent
  • Experience with cataloging operations including original cataloging and quality control
  • Significant experience with RDA, AACR2, LCC, LCSH, MARC21, OCLC Connexion
  • Experience with new and evolving information access standards and metadata schemes (Dublin Core, EAD, etc.)
  • Demonstrated effective supervisory leadership
  • Demonstrated successful organization, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong service orientation and commitment to the profession
  • Collegial, team-focused management orientation
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • 1-2 years of supervisory experience
  • 3-5 years of cataloging experience
  • Project management experience
  • Cataloging knowledge of at least one foreign language
  • Experience with providing access to digital resources
  • NACO training
  • Experience working with systems and tools currently in use at Mason Libraries, including: Ex Libris Voyager and Primo, MARCEdit, Luna, Omeka, and DSpace.
Appointment/Benefits/Application Information:

12-month professional faculty appointment with rank dependent on qualifications and experience. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank. Benefits information and application instructions are available at hr.gmu.edu/.

All applications for this position (FA391z) MUST be submitted online at jobs.gmu.edu/. Review of applications will begin on February 5, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to Debra Hogan, Executive Assistant to the University Librarian, at dhogan1@gmu.edu.

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution—located in the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. area—with national distinction in a range of academic fields. Enrollment is over 32,000, with students studying in over 198 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William. The university is a member of the Washington Research Library Consortium, the Virtual Library of Virginia, the Center for Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. For more information please visit library.gmu.edu or www.gmu.edu/.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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