Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Santa Clara - Santa Clara University - Head of Cataloging

Position Title   Head of Cataloging

Department      University Library

Part Year          No

FLSA Status     Exempt

Standard Hours (hours per week): 40

Close Date         01/15/2015

Open Until Filled        No

Application deadline for this position is January 15, 2015.


Position Summary Information

Position Purpose        
  • This position leads the Cataloging & Acquisitions unit which consists of cataloging, acquisitions, and metadata. This is a key position that ensures the Library’s collections are discoverable. The Head of Cataloging will serve as the primary resource for bibliographic metadata and will play a vital role in ensuring adherence to practices and standards for bibliographic metadata creation across the Library. This position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Resources and Digital Services.
  • Essential Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Supervision and management of two full-time staff members working in cataloging and acquisitions
  • Cataloging:
  • Authoring high quality metadata to describe library resources (in all formats) for which copy is not already available, using current national cataloging/metadata content and structural standards (MARC21 and a mix of AACR2 and RDA) and subject (LCSH) and classification (LCC)
  • Enhancing existing copy when necessary to reflect current cataloging practices
  • Authoring or editing copy for rare materials using Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials standards
  • Leading and/or participating in cataloging and/or database projects
  • In collaboration with the Law Library, managing our relationship with an authority vendor and carrying out authority control activities identified by the vendor
  • Guiding and training library staff in cataloging practices for any/all of the above activities
  • Collection development:
  • Leading and/or supporting several parallel initiatives to optimize our physical collections through the deselection of materials that no longer meet the instructional needs of the University
  • May act as a backup for acquisitions (procurement; reporting) activities
  • Metadata:
  • Serving as a resource for the Library for best practices in creating non-MARC metadata (e.g. for digital collections and/or materials deposited in the institutional repository)
  • May create non-MARC metadata and/or train other staff in non-MARC metadata creation

Other duties:  
  • Serving on library committees and teams as assigned
  • Helping to manage student assistants
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Provides Work Direction        
  • Two full-time positions: the Collections Specialist and the Cataloging Specialist

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred. This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.

Physical Demands      
  • The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal.
  • May be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.
  • May be required to attend conference and training sessions within Bay Area or in- or out-of-state locations.

Work Environment     
  • The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
  • Typical office and computer lab environment.
  • Mostly indoor office environment with windows.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of current national cataloging/metadata content and structural standards (MARC21, AACR2, RDA) and of subject (LCSH) and classification (LCC) systems
  • Familiarity with authority work

  • Good organizational skills & attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Abilities          

Education and/or Experience
An ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent foreign degree at the time of appointment

Work Experience
  • At least three years of professional experience
  • Experience working in a team environment

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * What is the highest level of education that you have completed?
    • High School Diploma
    • Professional Certificate
    • Associate's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • JD
    • PhD
  2. * Do you have experience working in higher education?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have experience working in a Library?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have excellent written and oral English skills?
    • No Skill
    • Beginner
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
  5. * Indicate Years of Related Work Experience
    • 1 or more year(s)
    • 2 or more years
    • 3 or more years
    • 5 or more years
    • 10 or more years

Required Documents
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

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