Major Duties: - In accordance with international and national standards and best practices, develop and maintain local policies for original and complex copy-cataloging in all formats and multiple languages.- Encourage and facilitate collaboration within the Resource Management unit and externally to ensure that the most efficient and appropriate metadata standards and best practices are used in making physical, electronic and digital materials discoverable and accessible.- Manage, develop and motivate an efficient team to achieve Resource Management departmental goals and meet the changing requirements for cataloging and metadata.- Serve as a key resource in understanding and troubleshooting issues in the Library Management System (LMS) that impact searching and discoverability.- Evaluate and make recommendations concerning emerging metadata standards in the LMS.- Provide guidance and direction on issues relating to cataloging rules and procedures.- Oversee catalog maintenance activities, including metadata loads, record source management and database quality control issues as they relate to bibliographic and item-level access to library resources.- Manage authority control, maintaining knowledge of authority control management procedures and updating local authority records.- Work collaboratively and collegially with all Libraries faculty and staff, demonstrating a strong service orientation, awareness of end user needs, problem-solving skills and communication skills.- Assess procedures and develop strategies to increase productivity and streamline workflows within Resource Management.- Provide strategic and innovative leadership by proposing, implementing and monitoring contractual vendor services that expedite processing and offer rapid delivery of information resources.- Maintain statistics and develop reports on activities of the cataloging department to improve information access and further the goals of the University Libraries.- Work with others to incorporate web-related materials and resources from the LMS (Ex Libris Alma/Primo) into other web platforms.- Participate in cross-departmental committees and working groups and represent the Libraries on University-wide committees and groups as appropriate.
Minimum Qualifications: - A master's degree from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).- Two years of recent experience cataloging a variety of formats, both physical and electronic.- Proficiency in current and emerging metadata standards, models, applications and initiatives (such as RDA, MARC, Dublin Core, MODS, METS, EAD).- Interest or involvement in Linked Data and BIBFRAME initiatives.- Knowledge of cataloging standards: MARC 21, RDA, AACR2, Library of Congress classification system and subject headings, and other thesauri.- Experience with bibliographic utilities and library management systems, vendor cataloging services, authority control services and automated procedures for bibliographic maintenance.- Alma certification or ability to obtain certification within one year of hire.- Demonstrated supervisory experience.- Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.- Evidence of ability to research and publish academic work for presentation and publication in accordance with standards for tenure and promotion.
One of the top-100 public universities in the United States, Western Michigan University is committed to being learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged. Founded in 1903, what was once Western Michigan College became Michigan's fourth public university in 1957. Since then, WMU has undergone dramatic growth in size and stature. Today, the University offers more than 240 academic progr...ams to students pursuing degrees through the doctoral level. More than 20 percent of its 25,000 students are enrolled in graduate course work, studying in disciplines ranging from atomic physics and graph theory to medieval literature and blind rehabilitation. Of 101 graduate offerings available, 30 lead to a doctoral degree.