Head of Electronic Resources and Serials Cataloging

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Created: September 5, 2012


Under the direction of the Assistant Director, E-Resources + Serials (ER+S), serve as one of the leaders that comprise the ER+S management team. The mission of ER+S is to work together as a collaborative, service-oriented team that strives to ensure students, faculty, and staff have consistent access to the broad range of research publications provided through the University Libraries. The ER+S: Cataloging Unit Head performs cataloging of serials in all formats, languages, subjects, and levels of difficulty; works closely with the other heads in the E-Resources + Serials and the Cataloging and Metadata Department to manage the bibliographic control of both electronic and print serials, licensed and continuing resources; supervises support staff and assists the same in problem solving; evaluates and disseminates information on innovations and emerging technologies concerning access to electronic resources and serials; explores trends and develops procedures for the use of non-MARC metadata; consults widely to provide effective access to electronic resources and serials for a diverse clientele; and provides leadership by representing the library in local and national organizations relating to electronic resources and serials.


Required: Master's degree in Library & Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association or the equivalent in skills and experience. Three to five years of supervisory experience and ability to work effectively with individuals and groups within a large organization required; experience within a combined union and non-union staffing environment strongly desirable. Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, set performance expectations, establish and implement efficient workflows, achieve goals, create and expose documentation and direct work in a high-production setting.

Demonstrated functional knowledge of current cataloging practices such as such as AACR2, LCSH, LC Classification, forthcoming changes with RDA and MARC and an understanding of the principles of authority control. Experience with an integrated library system and bibliographic utilities. Demonstrated receptiveness to and understanding of emerging information technologies. Appropriate professional qualifications include excellent communication and interpersonal skills, collegiality, and initiative. Attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, proven problem solving ability, and ability to flourish in a high-intensity work environment. Demonstrated initiative in fostering new ideas and in implementing change. Public service orientation; ability to interact with students, faculty and staff in a courteous, professional, and collegial manner and to embrace the diversity of the Libraries' users and staff.

Preferred: Knowledge of trends in information access pertaining to libraries, and metadata librarianship. Experience with CONSER cataloging standards. Working knowledge or experience with non-MARC metadata standards and schemas, such as Dublin Core, EAD, MODS, METS, OAI, TEI, XML, Darwin Core, and VRA Core. Experience providing metadata/cataloging services, preferably within an academic or research library setting. Experience within a combined union and non-union staffing environment. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace. Knowledge of MARC Edit, Perl, PHP, and XSLT. Successful project management experience.

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