Position Description: The University of Iowa Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented cataloging librarian to serve in a newly created position called Librarian for Catalog Management. Under the general direction of the Head of Cataloging-Metadata, the Librarian for Catalog Management assumes the role of a "catalog wrangler" to ensure internal consistency and overall quality control of the library catalog. This position requires a deep knowledge of bibliographic data and cataloging best practices, an understanding of how the catalog impacts user experience in discovery platforms, advanced problem-solving skills, and the ability to translate the needs of non-catalogers into functional specifications.
The University of Iowa Libraries recently migrated to a third-generation library management system, creating new opportunities to merge bibliographic records across libraries within the local environment, to distribute the ability to create and update records among staff outside the department, and to adopt, contribute, and enhance records shared across the larger community. With these opportunities come new challenges to develop guiding principles, policies, and best practices in order to maintain the very high quality of bibliographic records that have been created and curated over a century of cataloging.
The Librarian for Catalog Management acts as a data custodian for the library catalog, in recognition of the catalog as a mission-critical data repository for access to and inventory control of the library's vast holdings. Working in close cooperation with library systems staff, the individual in this position manages resources rather than personnel. The incumbent is responsible for drafting policies and standards and developing and implementing efficient workflows for maintenance of bibliographic records, holdings and item records, and portfolios for local electronic collections. Working in close cooperation with library systems staff, the individual in this position is a manager of intellectual resources rather than human resources..
Specific Duties and responsibilities include:
- Work collaboratively and in close cooperation with Cataloging-Metadata staff to develop efficient and effective workflows and to document operational and policy decisions.
- Provide training and support on relevant workflows for library staff in Cataloging-Metadata, Acquisitions, Preservation, and other units as required.
- Provide functional supervision of library staff as needed, both within and outside the department.
- Translate user requirements from public services staff into functional specifications for catalog update and maintenance.
- Seek opportunities and identify risks and problems associated with batch changes to bibliographic and/or inventory records based on a deep knowledge of local cataloging practice.
- Evaluate and recommend batch processes for incoming record sets.
- Work with Metadata Analyst and Institutional Repository librarians to explore and apply the use of identifiers and linked open data in library systems.
- Perform original and complex copy cataloging for general collections.
- Create authority records in accordance with NACO standards and contribute to the national authority file.
- Actively participate in the Cataloging-Metadata leadership team, contributing to department-level planning and the formulation of cataloging policies and procedures.
- Keep abreast of developments in cataloging standards and trends, applying new rules, interpretations, and techniques as appropriate.
- Monitor Alma system updates and software enhancements, and participate actively in relevant Alma user communities.
- Contribute to the profession through service, research, publishing, and/or teaching.
- Participate in and contribute to relevant library and University-wide activities and committees.
- Additional job duties as assigned based on individual knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Appointments will be made at either Librarian (PLB1-3A) within a salary range of $47,476 to $49,000, or Specialist Librarian (PLB2-4A) within a salary range of $50,000 to $64,000, depending on qualifications and experience.
Five professional references will be requested and required at a later step in the recruitment process.
To qualify at the Librarian level: ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library and Information Science and demonstrated interest in professional development.
To qualify at the Specialist Librarian level: ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library and Information Science, two or more years of professional experience, and demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate's value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.
- Knowledge of RDA, LC/PCC PS, LCC, LCSH, LCGFT, LCDGT, LCMPT, and MARC21 formats, and a working knowledge of authority control and AACR2.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based setting where consultation, flexibility, collaboration and cooperation are essential.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.
- Demonstrated understanding of the mission of a research university and the mission and functions of a large research library.
- Experience in serials cataloging and/or familiarity with issues related to database maintenance.
- Experience cataloging in OCLC Connexion.
- Experience with creating, updating, and deleting records using batch processes.
- Experience with non-MARC metadata formats including Qualified DC and/or EAD.
- Familiarity with BIBFRAME and linked data, and a general understanding of transition paths from MARC to BIBFRAME.
- Familiarity with the systems and tools used in the department including one or more of the following: Alma, Primo, ArchivesSpace, MarcEdit, Cataloger's Desktop, Classification Web, and RDA Toolkit.
- Successful completion of NACO training.
- Bibliographic knowledge of one or more languages in addition to English.