Head, Cataloging-Metadata Department
Position Description: The University of Iowa Libraries seeks an experienced librarian with a strong cataloging background to head its Cataloging-Metadata Department and to develop and implement a strategic plan responsive to the evolving cataloging and metadata needs of the institution.
Reporting to an Assoc. University Librarian, the Head, Cataloging-Metadata Department directs a highly motivated staff of 8 librarians, 12 library assistants, and student employees responsible for the creation, enhancement, maintenance, and integration of cataloging and metadata records across multiple repositories.
In addition to bibliographic data contained in the library catalog which covers materials in all formats and languages, the department's metadata scope extends to the institutional repository, digital library collections, and name and subject heading control for finding aids, and we are increasingly involved in campus conversations regarding local names (e.g., linking bibliographic records with the campus identity management system), local citations (e.g., controlling publication data in the campus faculty activity reporting system), and local publishing initiatives (e.g., scholarly journals, grey literature, and research data).
The successful candidate will be an individual whose knowledge of cataloging is broad and deep and who is prepared to lead a department that already understands how long-standing principles and practices of MARC cataloging and authority control can translate to meet emerging campus needs for information management. The individual must be experienced in strategic planning and project management and must have the ability to foster close and productive relationships with library public services staff.
The University of Iowa Libraries: The University of Iowa Libraries system consists of the Main Library, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and a number of branch libraries. The Libraries has more than 5 million volumes including thousands of electronic resources and coordinates the development and maintenance of the University's locally-created open access digital resources including the Iowa Digital Library, featuring close to a million digitized texts, images, and audio and video recordings, as well as Iowa Research Online, our institutional repository. Our Special Collections include over 200,000 rare books, ranging in age from the 15th century to newly created artists' books.
Library systems are built on a mix of open source, locally developed, hosted services, and vended applications primarily from Ex Libris, OCLC, and Microsoft. The University of Iowa is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, ARL, OCLC, CRL, SPARC, CNI, CLIR, LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, and Portico. The Libraries provides a program of support for professional development activities and its staff members are actively engaged in national cooperative efforts.
Start date is negotiable. Appointment will be made at the Expert Librarian (III) or Senior (IV) Librarian level, depending on experience and qualifications of successful candidate. Salary ranges: Expert Librarian $55,000 - $81,000; Senior Librarian $68,000 - $97,000. References will be requested of final candidates.
Specific Duties and responsibilities include:
- Provide effective leadership for a department of 8 librarians, 12 library assistants, and student employees, fostering a work environment that embraces the University Libraries' stated values of service, collaboration, integrity, creativity, openness, diversity, stewardship, and respect.
- Coach and mentor department librarians active in professional engagement activities that contribute to their individual career goals, the profession, and the organization.
- Oversee the development of cataloging and metadata policies and procedures and ensure that the most efficient and appropriate standards and best practices are used; regularly assess procedures and develop strategies to increase productivity and to streamline workflows.
- Support the creation, enhancement, and maintenance of authority metadata, both for local use and to contribute to the Name Authority Cooperative Program (NACO).
- Actively participate on the University Libraries' Leadership Council and the Assoc. University Librarian's department heads leadership team.
- Represent the University of Iowa Libraries on issues related to bibliographic metadata production, organization, and management in initiatives undertaken in collaboration with campus partners including Law Library, Iowa Board of Regents universities, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance.
- Contribute to the profession regionally and nationally through research, publishing, teaching, and/or service.
- Represent the University Libraries in campus-wide and inter-institutional initiatives.
- To qualify at the Expert Librarian level: four or more years of professional experience, and evidence of continuing achievement, particularly at the national level, in professional activities.
- To qualify at the Senior Librarian level: six or more years of professional experience, and evidence of national leadership as well as continuing significant achievement in professional activities.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Demonstrated leadership skills and project management skills.
- Demonstrated ability to coach, mentor, and supervise professional librarians.
- Broad and deep knowledge of MARC cataloging in an academic research library.
- In-depth understanding of current and emerging metadata standards, models, applications, and initiatives such as RDA, LC/PCC PS, LCC, LCSH, LCGFT, LCDGT, LCMPT, MARC21, DC, MODS, and EAD.
- Keen interest or involvement in linked data and BIBFRAME.
- 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.