Head of Metadata and Cataloging

Reno, Nevada
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Created: August 4, 2017


The University of Nevada, Reno Libraries seeks a dynamic, forward-thinking, innovative, and team-oriented person to serve as Head of Metadata and Cataloging Department (MCD) within the Knowledge Access Management Services division. The Metadata and Cataloging Department organizes and provides access to the information resources of the University Libraries, as well as several Northern Nevada state higher education institutions, in support of their teaching and research programs. The incumbent will have overall responsibility for providing vision, leadership, planning, and supervision for metadata and cataloging services. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Collections and Knowledge Access Management Services, this position supervises both professional and classified staff.

This is a full-time, tenure track faculty position. Appointment may be at the level of Librarian II or Librarian III depending on experience, record of scholarship, service and achievement.
Compensation and benefits: Salary range: $60,100-$92,400, DOE. TIAA/CREF and other retirement options; 24 annual vacation days; generous sick leave policy; tuition benefits for self and family; no state income tax or FICA.


Leadership & Management:
•Provides leadership in all aspects of Metadata & Cataloging Department operations, including setting goals and priorities, allocating resources, along with developing plans, policies, procedures, and best practices within the department.
•Supervises operations for cataloging and processing of print and non-print resources, special collections/rare books, government documents, and electronic resources including monographs, serials, and databases. 
•Supervises Metadata Librarian in setting priorities to meet non-MARC metadata needs of the Special Collections and Digital Initiatives departments, and in providing consultation and guidance to the Institutional Repository team.
•Collaborates and consults with other library units to meet their metadata & cataloging needs.
•Collaborates with the Head of Discovery Services to enhance the user discovery and access experience, especially regarding the role of the catalog in relation to the discovery layer, as part of an ongoing effort to improve the tools used to connect users with desired content. 
•Serves as a member of the Knowledge Access Management Services Division’s management team.
•Creates a positive work environment for staff; builds successful teams and engages staff in a process of continual change and improvement.

Resource Person: 
•Serves as the resource person to all Library staff in answering inquiries and providing interpretations of existing and emerging metadata standards and rules.
•Stays current with trends and developments in cataloging and metadata; directs ongoing review and revision of metadata/cataloging policies and procedures.
•Researches current professional practices and available vendor options and proposes practical, flexible solutions for backlog reduction and other access issues.

•Performs original and complex MARC cataloging for materials, including various formats such as maps, manuscripts, music, and foreign language materials. 
•Oversees maintenance of the Libraries’ Sierra Cataloging module and related ILSfunctions and coordinates policy decisions for its use.
•Oversees acquisition and revision of MARC records from vendors and external sources for batch loading into the catalog

Committees and Communities:
•Serves on library and university-wide committees, task forces and initiatives as required.
•Serves as the library’s liaison in local, regional, and national arenas on metadata and cataloging issues.

•Participates in scholarly activities and provides service to the university and the profession in accordance with Libraries and University standards for professional development, promotion, and tenure.
The preferred candidate will have a solid foundation of knowledge and experience in metadata and cataloging including: MARC21 and non-MARC metadata schema, such as Dublin Core, EAD, MODS, and METS; current standards such as RDA, LCSH, LC Classification; authority records from varying sources, including the LC Name Authority File; and using the cataloging module of an integrated library system, preferably Innovative Interfaces Sierra.

The Libraries emphasize excellent communication and interpersonal skills; a strong service orientation and interest in library users’ values and needs; and leadership which encourages teamwork. The ability to work both independently and collaboratively is essential, as is the ability to plan, analyze, and solve problems creatively, flexibly, and resourcefully.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.


Published: Saturday, August 5, 2017 02:33 UTC

Last updated: Saturday, August 5, 2017 02:33 UTC