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Lead Cataloger

Lead Cataloger

University of Utah Job Location: Utah Apply By: 06/08/2022 Date Created: 05-18-2022

LIBRARY TITLE: Lead Cataloger

INSTITUTION: J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah

LOCATION: Salt Lake City, UT


POSTING LINK: https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/133391

Job Summary

The J. Willard Marriott Library seeks an engaged and talented professional for the position of Lead Cataloger. This is an excellent opportunity to work with collaborative colleagues who are dedicated to acquiring and making available scholarly resources for a community of students, faculty, and researchers. This position provides leadership for cataloging and metadata services for scholarly communications and has extensive systems librarian responsibilities. This position reports to the Head of Collection Management. We seek qualified applicants who bring perspectives and experiences that will enrich and strengthen our organization and increase our efforts to enhance the inclusive description of our information resources. We invite applications from candidates who may not have followed a traditional educational or professional path. All candidates should be prepared to discuss how they see themselves contributing to the University’s equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. The library serves an increasingly diverse constituency of patrons, and our employees, services, collections, and policies should honor and reflect this diversity. We are therefore interested in identifying and interviewing candidates who have experience with underserved or marginalized communities and communities of color and who are committed to advancing our mission to provide equitable access to information resources. Relocation to the Salt Lake City, Utah area is required and will be financially supported by house hunting and moving allowances. This position is currently designed as a hybrid of on-campus and remote work. Specific telecommuting arrangements will be based on the needs of the position and authorized at the discretion of the department head.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties, qualifications, and preferences listed in this posting are intended to give applicants an understanding of the role we are seeking to fill and the types of skills, experience, and education that may have prepared someone to be effective in this role. We do not expect any candidate to be a perfect match for this list or to perform all of the duties with equal proficiency on day one. In your resume and cover letter, please highlight the most relevant qualifications you would bring to this position based on the posting, and tell us how your background, perspective, and experience will help us fulfill our mission and meet our goals.

  • Coordinate, organize and inform the activities of staff currently involved in cataloging.
  • Lead the development of cataloging policies, procedures, best practices, standards, and workflows.
  • Complete original and copy cataloging in all formats, including physical and digital resources and serials.
  • Ensure compliance with national and local standards such as MARC, RDA, AACR2r, LCSH, LCCS, OCLC, NACO, BIBCO, CONSER and other appropriate cataloging and metadata standards.
  • Provide shared leadership with the integrated library system (Alma), including responsibility for the overall maintenance of the systems supporting cataloging, acquisitions, resource management, and discovery.
  • Assume responsibility for authority control, database maintenance, and special projects.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS OR the equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience working in an academic library.
  • Significant knowledge of and ability to apply the following cataloging tools and certifications, such as: RDA, AACR2, Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) Library of Congress classification (LCC), and MARC21 for bibliographic and authority data.
  • Familiarity with existing and emerging metadata standards and schemes, such as RDF, XML, linked data, and BIBFRAME.
  • Experience cataloging a variety of digital and physical formats.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to train staff and prepare effective training materials and documentation.

To be eligible for appointment to our faculty, you will need to demonstrate evidence of active participation and involvement in professional and scholarly associations or a record of scholarly engagement. Appointment at the Associate Librarian level or higher rank will require sufficient experience and professional accomplishment to qualify for tenure at time of appointment. The Successful completion of a criminal background check is required by Utah state law (http://www.regulations.utah.edu/humanResources/5-130.html).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with a national cooperative cataloging program such as NACO, BIBCO, CONSER or SACO.
  • Advanced knowledge of Alma or other integrated library systems.
  • Experience in performing name, series, and subject authority work.
  • Strong knowledge of computer technology with some programming knowledge.
  • Reading, writing, or speaking skills in a second language.
  • Cataloging experience in Arabic, Persian, or Hebrew.
  • Experience with the inclusive description of information resources.

Compensation $58,000-$66,000 dependent on qualifications, plus excellent benefits including a 14.2% retirement contribution to TIAA-CREF/Fidelity, medical and dental coverage, and generous paid sick and vacation time. Salary at the higher end of the range will typically reflect qualifications that make a candidate eligible for appointment at the Associate level. Preferred consideration will be given to all applications received by June 8, 2022.

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