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Resource Description Coordinator

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Position AnnouncementResource Description CoordinatorUniversity of Houston LibrariesResponsibilities: Reporting to the Head of Metadata and Digitization Services, the Resource Description Coordinator will provide leadership and expertise in resource description of materials. This incumbent will work closely with two other coordinators within the department to ensure efficient access and discoverability of our electronic and physical resources. Primary duties include original and complex adaptive cataloging of materials in multiple formats; manage various projects; contribute to the national name authority file; develop and implement policies and procedures; participate in planning, goal-setting, and assessing the effectiveness of staff and operations; provide training and direction to staff in resource description routines; keep current with new trends, standards and practices. This position will supervise 4 classified staff employees and 1-2 part-time cataloging librarian(s).The Resource Description Coordinator is a librarian position. Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians’ Bylaws Document. They are required to develop a record of service, scholarship, and professional involvement. The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.Qualifications: Required: • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in resource description of multiple formats using national cataloging standards (AACR2, LCSH, LCC, and MARC)• Knowledge or experience in creating name authority records• Experience with cataloging module of integrated library system• Knowledge of forthcoming changes with RDA, FRBR, linked data and semantic webPreferred: • Supervisory experience• Knowledge or experience in resource description of special collections materials using DACS and DCRM• Experience with III Millennium, Serials Solutions, MarcEdit and other cataloging related systems• Bibliographic knowledge of one or more languages other than EnglishThe successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work effectively, independently, and collaboratively in a diverse, collegial, changing environment; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; leadership or project management skills in a work setting. Salary: $58,000 – $62,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax. Library Information: The UH Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Hathi Trust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library. The campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million volumes. Total staff includes 69 professionals and approximately 135 support staff. Additional information about the University Libraries is available at: http://info.lib.uh.edu . The UH Libraries’ Strategic Directions document focuses on targeting services to specific user groups, reimagining library spaces, improving outreach, and increasing national recognition. Further information and the complete document are available at: http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/strategic-directions . The Strategic Directions support an ambitious set of goals adopted by the University and the further the Tier One effort ( http://www.uh.edu/about/initiatives/ ). We seek to recruit librarians who can relate their work to these strategies and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives. General Information: The University of Houston campus comprises 13 colleges and schools offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment exceeding 40,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies. Reflecting the multicultural community of metropolitan Houston, UH is one of the most ethnically diverse research university campuses in the nation. Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers all the cultural and recreational opportunities of a great city and is within easy reach of the Gulf of Mexico. It enjoys a very reasonable cost of living and was selected by Forbes as topping the list of America’s coolest cities ( http://www.forbes.com/sites/morganbrennan/2012/07/26/houston-tops-our-list-of-americas-coolest-cities-to-live/ ).For additional information, including information about Houston's flourishing arts scene and entertainment offerings, please see: http://Visithoustontexas.com/ . For information about housing and living in Houston see: http://www.houston.org/living/index.html .Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send letter of application, names of 3 references, and resume to Damon Camille, Training, Assessment, and Statistics Coordinator, University of Houston, 114 University Libraries, Houston, Texas 77204-2000. Applications may also be submitted by email to: dcamille@uh.edu .Potential applicants seeking further information should contact John Lehner, Associate Dean for Personnel, Planning, and Systems, at 713-743-9801 or jlehner@uh.edu . THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. MINORITIES, WOMEN, VETERANS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. PERMALINK: http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/employment/resource-description-coordinator

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