DescriptionPOSITION: Chair, Cataloging and Discovery Services
RANK: Chair and Associate University Librarian or
Chair and University Libraria
REPORTS TO: Associate Dean for Discovery and Access
SALARY: $67,700 - minimum salary at the Chair and Associate University Librarian rank, inclusive of administrative stipend
$75,000 - minimum salary at the Chair and University Librarian rank, inclusive of administrative stipend
Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials
Requisition #: 495010
DEADLINE DATE: Open until filled – applications will be reviewed as received
Please note that this posting has specific instructions for the submission of application materials - see our website at: http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/careers.htm or the APPLICATION PROCESS section below for further details. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered.
The George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, seeks applications and nominations for the position of Chair for Cataloging and Discovery Services. The department provides descriptions for and access to materials and resources held at the University of Florida in all formats and subjects, including unique and cultural heritage collections. The department actively supports the digital publishing and data curation programs of the Smathers Libraries.
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Discovery and Access, the Chair for Cataloging and Discovery Services is a tenure track library faculty position which provides leadership, strategic vision and direction for fully integrating emerging metadata standards and linked data technologies into academic library cataloging practices. The Chair leads the department in implementing best practices and coordinates ongoing development of departmental staff committed to continual improvement. The Chair collaborates with departmental colleagues to achieve the department’s goals, establish policies and procedures to escalate discoverability of collections in all material formats in accordance with library-wide priorities and support the Smathers Libraries’ commitment to cooperative cataloging programs. These initiatives require wide consultation throughout the department and the library and considerable delegation of responsibilities to staff project groups. Additionally, this position is a key member of the Library’s management team, ensuring organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and development of policies for library operations that are attentive to users’ experience.
The faculty in the department are actively engaged in standards development at the national and international level. The successful candidate will be a forward thinking leader who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the progressive nature of librarianship, the format of library collections, and the role of cataloging and metadata in extending discovery for library users. The Cataloging and Discovery Services department is active in the national and international cooperative cataloging initiatives of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) — BIBCO, NACO, SACO, and CONSER. The expectation is that the strong participation in these programs will serve to shape, transform, advance and redefine the purpose of cataloging and discovery both locally and nationally.
The Chair will include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work activities to support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society. This position will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.
Leads cataloging and discovery services operations by setting well-articulated goals in congruence with the Libraries’ strategic objectives; coordinates communications related to department activities; regularly measures outputs through monthly statistical reports; and routinely assesses needed resources.
Directs the work of the units comprising the department of 18 personnel, including evaluating the department’s operational effectiveness through periodic reports, annual performance evaluations, staff development, and mechanisms for continual feedback from all personnel who work with Cataloging and Discovery Services.
Fosters a collaborative approach to achieving the department’s goals, establishing policies and procedures to integrate and enhance discoverability of the collections in all material formats in accordance with library-wide priorities and supporting the Smathers Libraries’ commitment to cooperative cataloging programs. These initiatives require wide consultation throughout the department and the library and considerable delegation of responsibilities to staff project groups.
Provides leadership in cataloging and metadata standards and services, promotes emerging digital information environments and metadata standards, and effective access to electronic materials.
Leads the department in system implementations, and works with other departments throughout the Libraries to ensure that Cataloging and Discovery Services is meeting demonstrated user needs.
Leads the department’s involvement in digitization projects. Ensures that workflows and projects are designed to produce appropriate metadata schemes for proposed projects, creates and revises metadata for digital products, derives metadata from authorized bibliographic tools and sources, across a wide range of material (manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, maps, datasets, prints and drawings, rare books, and archival material) to support the library's digitization initiatives.
Coordinates agreements with representatives of the cooperative cataloging programs in which the Smathers Libraries participates, including assuming primary responsibility for assessing performance and representing the Smathers Libraries in negotiating terms and conditions of commitments.
Researches, analyzes and integrates cataloging trends in information management, which is an essential part of the Smathers Libraries’ collection and access priorities.
Maintains active involvement in appropriate professional and subject related national, regional, and state organizations. Professional activity and leadership is expected in identifying and discussing cataloging issues with colleagues throughout the world.
Performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria.
ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent advanced degree in a relevant information field.
Appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank requires a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience; and appointment at the University Librarian rank requires 12 or more years of relevant experience at an advanced level.
Demonstrated leadership role in an information environment.
Strong management portfolio with experience leading change, supervising and promoting collaboration.
Expertise in national metadata content standards (e.g., RDA, AACR2, DACS, etc.), expertise in MARC and non-MARC encoding/structural standards (e.g. MODS, XML, EAD, etc.), or expertise in integration of emerging standards related to machine-readability.
Expertise necessary to enhance the discoverability of information resources.
Demonstrated knowledge of digitization practices related to cataloging.
Evidence of fostering staff professional development and growth.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, administrators and the general public.
Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion (outlined at
Familiarity with the linked data environment, including emerging library initiatives (e.g. BIBFRAME) and name identifier systems (e.g., ORCID, ISNI).
Working knowledge of a foreign language.
Experience contributing bibliographic and authority records using national Program for Cooperative Cataloging standards or other national or international programs for descriptive, structural, and administrative metadata.
Experience using metrics to assess effectiveness.
Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.
Experience working in an environment advancing digital initiatives.
Record reflecting substantive scholarship and research.
The University of Florida
The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state's oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation's most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities. UF traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853 and is now one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 50,000 students. For more information, please consult the UF homepage at http://www.ufl.edu.
GEORGE A. SMATHERS LIBRARIES
The libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida. The UF Libraries consist of seven libraries; six are in the system known as the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. The libraries hold over 5,800,000 print volumes, 8,100,000 microfilms, 630,000 e-books, 121,016 full-text electronic journals, 889 electronic databases, 1,300,000 documents and 766,000 maps and images. The libraries have built a number of nationally significant research collections, including the Latin American, Judaica, Florida History, Children’s Literature, and Maps and Imagery Collections. The Smathers Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), and LYRASIS. The library staff consists of more than 400 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants. The organizational chart is available at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/orgchart.pdf.
CATALOGING AND DISCOVERY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
The Cataloging and Discovery Services Department supports the academic programs of the University by organizing, describing, and providing physical processing for the books, journals, electronic resources, sound and video recordings, microforms, maps, and other material purchased or received by the library system. Four librarians and fourteen support staff catalog approximately 25,000 titles per year in compliance with national standards of bibliographic control and in keeping with established cataloging priorities. The department works with Acquisitions to load e-resource packages, which add thousands of records to the library catalog each year. Original record contributions to OCLC, an international bibliographic database, number 5,000 annually. The department participates in international cooperative cataloging programs including CONSER, BIBCO, NACO, and SACO. Department units collaborate to create efficient workflows and apply the latest technologies in order to meet user needs.
Gainesville, Florida and the surrounding community are home to approximately 240,000 people and both the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. Situated just over an hour from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the city is surrounded by over 40 nature parks, including many spring-fed lakes and rivers. In 2007, Gainesville was ranked as the “Best Place to Live and Work” by Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated and as one of the “Best Places to Live and Play” by National Geographic Adventure. Gainesville is known as an innovative municipal government and an innovative city. Gainesville continues to receive national recognition as a top-rated city. Some of Gainesville's accolades are listed at the Gainesville Awards and Recognition link. A recent article in Florida Trend Magazine offers an in depth Community Portrait of Gainesville and the University of Florida. The area has numerous cultural institutions and is a haven for sports fans. Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine are all within a two hour drive.
Vacation days, paid holidays, and sick leave days; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program; no state or local income tax. Prospective employees should review the information about employment and benefits at UF available at http://www.hr.ufl.edu/training/neo/default.asp.
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form which can be found at: http://www.hr.ufl.edu/job/datacard.htm. This information is collected by the University of Florida's Office of Human Resources to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process.
To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a written statement outlining your thoughts on the changes in the field of cataloging to better contribute to discoverability (250 words); 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email).
The position will remain open until filled and applications will be reviewed as received. Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/495010/chair-cataloging-and-discovery-services. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at email@example.com.
Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.
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Published: Friday, May 6, 2016 00:50 UTC
Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:40 UTC