Assistant Professor of Metadata/Technical Service Librarian

Silver City
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Created: June 28, 2013



Professional experience in Technical Services, with an emphasis on cataloging/metadata services; working knowledge of current standards such as AACR2, LCSH, MARC formats and forthcoming changes with RDA. Experience in reference services and library instruction. Experience in either serials management or acquisitions. Established record of scholarly contribution and professional participation; Proficiency in Spanish. Experience in working with culturally diverse groups.


Required: MLS from ALA accredited school.

Primary Responsibilities

Coordinates overall operations of Technical Services (Acquisitions, Serials, and Cataloging). Hires, supervises, trains, and evaluates Technical Services personnel. Maintains and upgrades technical services system modules and OCLC system interface so that bibliographic and item records are complete, accurate and consistently up-to-date. Performs timely original cataloging with an emphasis on web-based resources and on materials produced in Spanish or other indigenous languages of the American Southwest. Oversees and maintains quality control of copy cataloging. Establishes procedures for processing all acquisitions including books, serials, Government Documents, multimedia formats, state-adopted textbooks, curriculum materials, maps, theses, special collections, archives, and other additions/transfers to library collections. Manages procurement of electronic resources (books, serials, open source titles and other item types) and related subscription services such as discovery tools. Works with vendors in setting up trials and in obtaining pricing licensing/pricing information for review by library management team. Keeps current with new trends in technical and metadata service. Collaborates with Public Services team to ensure that the quality of Technical Services operations meet the bibliographic and access needs of culturally diverse patrons and library stakeholders. Works with discovery tools for enhanced access to local, state and national collections. Manages and troubleshoots access to electronic resources and tools in collaboration with IT personnel and vendors. Communicates access issues and solutions to library personnel on a timely basis. Reviews and tracks expenditures in Technical Services fund accounts. Coordinates preparation of annual reports pertaining to Technical Services operations and to collection inventory and its value; tracks and reports usage of electronic resources. May occasionally be asked to be responsible for daily library operations in the absence of the University Librarian. Participates in collection development. Willingness to assist in meeting obligations pertaining to Miller Library’s designation as a Federal and New Mexico Depository Library and as a New Mexico Regional Review Center for current adopted textbooks and supplementary instructional materials. Actively participates in decision-making and policy development as a member of the library management team. Provides research assistance to patrons through regular participation in the daytime, evening and weekend reference desk schedule.

Additional Responsibilities

Also required for this position is effective communication and interpersonal skills to work in a team environment with a strong users-centered orientation. Ability to work effectively in a rapidly changing and growing university environment. Demonstrated potential to meet the requirements outlined in the Faculty Handbook regarding teaching, faculty governance, university and community service, and contributions to the profession. Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include evenings and weekends.

About WNMU

Western New Mexico University (WNMU) serves the multi-cultural populations of New Mexico, other states, and other nations as a comprehensive university with an embedded community college role. We are a University that believes in the promise of every student, and together we work to create an educational community that instills the values and develops the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare our students of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and talents for the challenges of a changing world. Our strengths include serving a rural, diverse population with cultural sensitivity.

Silver City is located in the foothills of the Mogollon Mountains and the Black Range at an elevation of 6,000 feet; it enjoys a dry, mild, and invigorating climate. The nearby Gila National Forest provides opportunities for backpacking, camping, hunting, and fishing. Within the forest are hiking trails and Indian ruins, including the famous Gila Cliff Dwellings.

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