Cornell University Library is seeking a Director of Cataloging and Metadata Services.
Under the general oversight of the Director of Library Technical Services (LTS), the Director of Cataloging & Metadata Services (CMS) provides leadership, guidance, expertise, and encouragement to a department whose mission is to enable and enhance discovery and access to library resources to meet the research and teaching needs of one of the nation's premier universities. Currently comprising 21 staff, including 10 librarians, CMS is responsible for cataloging at all levels (though primarily original) and in all formats and languages for Cornell's subject libraries, including rare books and music, but excluding law. In addition, the department's metadata staff provide expert consultation, development, and production services for the use of non-MARC metadata in digital projects; for the sharing, re-use, and preservation of metadata in various formats; for the curation of research data in diverse subject areas; and for the library's web archiving program. CMS is also currently engaged in the investigation of new models for identity management and in data modeling and ontology development in conjunction with grant-funded linked data research.
- Lead a team of experienced, flexible, and enthusiastic experts in resource description and access;
- Contribute to the advancement of technical services within an organization known for its creative responses to workflow challenges, its innovative approaches to the automation of materials processing, and its active participation in evolving domains such as identity management, image cataloging, data curation, web archiving, linked data modeling, and ontology development;
- Participate in the development and implementation of the open-source OLE/FOLIO integrated library system, in which the Cornell University Library is playing a major role;
- Be part of an organization that champions staff development, empowerment, teamwork, and practical innovation.
Duties and responsibilities:
- Provides leadership, guidance, expertise, and encouragement to CMS, including regular performance reviews;
- Monitors and preserves the critical balance between meeting production goals and developing new protocols for description of and access to library resources;
- Oversees and participates in the creation and maintenance of policies and procedures that convey and support best practices for cataloging and metadata functions;
- Develops, arranges, and provides training to library staff for resource description and metadata management, including support for continuing education opportunities;
- Monitors CMS budget accounts that cover staff costs, supplies, travel, and income;
- Serves on the LTS Senior Management Team (SMT) to lead, support, and advance a culture of innovation, collaboration, service, and respect within LTS and beyond;
- With the Director of Acquisitions & E-Resources Licensing Services, develops and nurtures vendor arrangements for the outsourcing of cataloging and metadata work;
- Serves as the primary spokesperson for CMS and LTS on matters related to resource description; coordinates the department's work with other units both within and beyond LTS;
- Participates in the evaluation and implementation of applications that support and enhance information discovery and retrieval in the library's data management systems;
- Plays an active role in cross-institutional collaborative initiatives, including but not limited to the Ivy Plus Libraries consortium and the 2CUL Technical Services Strategic Alliance;
- Monitors and supports Cornell's commitments to national programs such as the PCC, BIBCO, CONSER, NACO, and eCIP;
- Plays an active role in Cornell University Library working groups, task forces, and committees;
- Participates actively in cataloging and/or metadata task forces and committees, academic research, and/or publication on the regional and national level.
- Master's degree in relevant field, such as library or information science; applicants with advanced degrees in other academic disciplines, along with relevant experience in library technical services, will also be considered;
- Demonstrated success in leading and motivating others; supervisory and/or project management experience in a college or university library preferred;
- Extensive experience in resource description, preferably in a large academic or research library;
- Strong working knowledge of MARC cataloging rules and conventions and/or non-MARC metadata schemas, formats, standards, and protocols – preferably both;
- Familiarity with and interest in the application of innovative technology to descriptive practices;
- Evidence of strong service orientation and interest in the values and needs of library users;
- Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing environments and to address problems resourcefully and creatively;
- Record of effective participation in professional organizations; willingness to support the evolution of librarianship on a national scale, as well as the goals and objectives of the Cornell University Library;
- Outstanding collegial, interpersonal, and communication skills.
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options), as well as exceptional work/life support programs. Professional travel funding available. For more information about Cornell's generous benefits, visit this link.
Application Procedure: Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references (preferred as one PDF document) with your application. Deadline for applications is April 7, 2017. Step-by-step instructions for applying as an external candidate can be found here.
University Job Title:Associate Librarian
Pay Rate Type:Salary
Contact Name:Bonnie Bailey
Number of Openings:1
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