Head, Cataloging Division, Technical Services Department – Indiana University Libraries-Bloomington
The Indiana University Libraries-Bloomington seek an innovative, experienced, and user-oriented professional to fill the position of Head, Cataloging Division in the Technical Services Department of the Herman B Wells Library. This redefined senior management position has an opportunity to play a strategic role in transforming the work of the Cataloging Division to include the development and management of non-MARC metadata creation. The successful candidate needs to be able to think broadly about how the work of technical services can aid learners and assist in the research endeavors of the university in today’s rapidly changing information environment.
Founded in 1820, Indiana University-Bloomington has grown from a small state seminary into the flagship campus of a great public university with over 42,000 students and almost 3,000 faculty. With a world-renowned research reputation, IUB is also known for its innovative academic programs and attentiveness to undergraduates. The campus covers over 1,800 wooded acres and is distinctive for both its park-like beauty and an architectural heritage inspired by local craftsmanship in limestone.
The IUB Libraries (http://www.libraries.iub.edu/) are one of the leading academic research library systems in North America, having recently been named the top university library by the Association of College and Research Libraries. The Libraries provide strong collections, quality service and instructional programs, and leadership in the application of information technologies. The IU Libraries system consists of eighteen libraries or units on the Bloomington campus, five libraries in Indianapolis, and a library at each of the six campuses across the state. The IUB collections include more than 6.6 million books, journals, maps, films, and sound recordings in over 900 languages. The materials support every academic discipline on campus, with an emphasis in the humanities and social sciences. Users can access more than 400 databases, 43,000 electronic journals, and 224,000 electronic books, as well as locally developed digital content. The IUB Libraries are active members of regional and national associations and consortia including the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and the Digital Library Federation (DLF). In addition, IUB is a founding member of the LOCKSS and CLOCKSS initiative and plays a leadership role in the Kuali OLE (Open Library Environment) Project.
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Technical Services, the Head, Cataloging Division serves as a member of the department’s senior management team and provides leadership in strategic planning, administration, and resource allocation for technical services activities. The Technical Services Department consists of two divisions: Acquisitions and Cataloging. The Cataloging Division operations pertain to original and complex copy cataloging of monographs, continuing resources, audio-visual materials, maps, electronic resources, and other bibliographic formats in Western European, Slavic/East European, Middle Eastern, and Chinese/Japanese/Korean languages. Division staff actively participate in national programs including BIBCO, CONSER, NACO, SACO, OCLC Enhance, and National Enhance. In addition, the division is responsible for database maintenance, the coordination of record loads, authority control, and physical processing. The Libraries’ integrated library system is SirsiDynix Symphony.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Head, Cataloging Division provides strategic and effective management of the overall Cataloging Division’s activities, including non-MARC metadata creation, provision of access to significant electronic collections, and traditional cataloging of information resources in all formats and languages. The incumbent manages and develops staff (7 librarians, 3 professional staff, and 32 support staff) during a critical period for technical services brought about by the changing composition of research library collections. This position will play an important role in positioning the Libraries to support evolving metadata infrastructures. S/he will cultivate proactive solutions for issues of bibliographic description/management and develop short and long-range plans based on an awareness of current developments and future trends in academic libraries as well as an ability to think broadly about technical services operations. S/he will collaborate with the Digital Library Program and colleagues across the Libraries to support growing metadata and digital collections initiatives.
The Head, Cataloging Division ensures that library information resources in all formats are rapidly and accurately described in the online catalog and other finding tools so these are available to the Libraries’ user community. He or she:
- Plans, organizes, and evaluates effectiveness and efficiency of procedures and workflows for creation of library cataloging
- Provides leadership and management for initiatives and projects in the application of metadata
- Stays abreast of new technology, national developments, and best practices in order to integrate these into the Libraries as appropriate
- Provides leadership in the development and implementation of Kuali OLE (Open Library Environment)
- Manages divisional operations and budgets including the direct supervision of two librarians and one professional/administrative appointee responsible for overseeing a staff of 42 performing non-MARC metadata creation, cataloging, authority control, database maintenance, and physical materials processing
- Assists the Associate Dean for Technical Services and the Head, Acquisitions Division with the planning, coordination, and establishment of procedural and policy changes as well as the implementation of administrative directives
- Develops and implements cataloging policy within a multi-campus environment
- Provides leadership in operational aspects of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging on all levels, including BIBCO, CONSER, SACO, and NACO
- Studies and implements initiatives in consultation with the Associate Dean for Technical Services and the Head, Acquisitions Division to deal with new/evolving technologies with the goal of using improvements in automation to expedite the operations performed within the department
QUALIFICATIONS: MLS from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent combination of education and experience; minimum of 4 years of increasingly responsible relevant supervisory experience in an academic or research library system; minimum of 5 years professional cataloging and/or metadata experience; demonstrated ability to provide strong leadership and management and to work collaboratively in an environment of continuous change; evidence of strong planning, organizational, budgetary, analytical and project management skills; demonstrated working knowledge of cataloging rules, standards, and tools such as LCRI, AACR2rev, LCSH (and other controlled vocabularies), RDA, FRBR, and FRAD and of developments and trends in the field; knowledge of evolving metadata standards and schema (i.e., Dublin Core, MARC, EAD, TEI, etc.); knowledge of one or more foreign languages highly desirable; record of innovation and creative problem-solving, with an interest and involvement in emerging digital information environments; experience with OCLC and a substantial level of experience with integrated library systems; excellent oral and written communication skills; evidence of an ongoing record of professional development and contribution; ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education; benefits include a university healthcare plan, university-funded base retirement plan, a 100% university paid group life insurance plan, and a generous paid time off plan. This is a tenure-track academic appointment that includes eligibility for sabbatical leaves. For a full list of benefit programs, please refer to the following resources:
- Web site: http://www.indiana.edu/~uhrs/benefits/neweeo-profe.html
- Video: http://www.indiana.edu/~uhrs/benefitsvideo/academic.html
TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2010. The position will remain open until filled. Please send letter of application, professional vita, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of six references to:
Director of Human Resources
Libraries Human Resources
Herman B Wells Library 201B
Bloomington, IN 47405
For more information about Indiana University Bloomington go to http://www.iub.edu.
Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Indiana University has a strong commitment to principles of diversity and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.