The Resource Description Specialist provides the timely, accurate, and comprehensive bibliographic description and organization that make it possible for students, faculty, and researchers to gain access to the Library’s materials. This position plays a role in planning strategically for describing digital collections within the Institutional Repository.
American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.
Bachelor’s degree required. Master of Library Science preferred and/or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
1-2 years of experience in a related position that demonstrates the necessary skills and abilities for the position
Six months’ to one year’s experience using OCLC, Voyager, Alma, Islandora, or other automated library system
The position requires an extensive knowledge of technical standards for library cataloging and automation, including national cataloging rules and standards - RDA (Resource Description and Access), Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd edition, 2002 revision, Library of Congress Subject Headings, LC-PCC PS’s (Library of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements),MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging) tagging, Dublin Core, ISBD (International Standard Bibliographic Description) - documentation for OCLC, Washington Research Library Consortium practices, national and local systems structure and coding; and local practices
Knowledge of bibliographic record editing tools, including MARCEdit
Sufficient familiarity with cataloging and/or metadata practices and procedures to recognize when fields required by library guidelines are incomplete or absent
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Strong attention to detail
Excellent analytical thinking and problem solving skills
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to work collaboratively and independently with minimal supervision
The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to handle materials in foreign languages (e.g. French, German, and Spanish) and foresee information needs and applications
Ability to sit at a desk and/or computer for extended hours, read computer screens and use computer keyboards
The incumbent must demonstrate flexibility in adapting to constantly-changing organization, technology, and work procedures
Physical demands of the job include a great deal of sitting, typing, mousing, standing, walking, and lifting and occasionally shifting books or other media
Vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus, as well as reading from printed materials and computer screens, generally switching from one to the other within short periods of time
A global outlook, practical idealism, and a passion for public service define American University. American University is a private doctoral institution situated in a residential neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C. Our academic strengths are grounded in social responsibility and a commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity.