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Librarian II/III (Head of Metadata and Cataloging)

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Position Information

Position Information

Job Title Librarian II/III (Head of Metadata and Cataloging)
Department Library
Department Web Address
Full Time Equivalent


Position Type Academic Faculty
Comp Grade II or III
Tenure Track Tenure Track
Job Description

The University of Nevada, Reno Libraries seeks a dynamic, forward-thinking, innovative, and team-oriented person to serve as Head of Metadata and Cataloging Department (MCD) within the Knowledge Access Management Services division. The Metadata and Cataloging Department organizes and provides access to the information resources of the University Libraries, as well as several Northern Nevada state higher education institutions, in support of their teaching and research programs. The incumbent will have overall responsibility for providing vision, leadership, planning, and supervision for metadata and cataloging services. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Collections and Knowledge Access Management Services, this position supervises both professional and classified staff.

This is a full-time, tenure track faculty position. Appointment may be at the level of Librarian II or Librarian III depending on experience, record of scholarship, service and achievement.
Compensation and benefits: Salary range: $60,100-$92,400, DOE. TIAA/CREF and other retirement options; 24 annual vacation days; generous sick leave policy; tuition benefits for self and family; no state income tax or FICA.


Leadership & Management:
•Provides leadership in all aspects of Metadata & Cataloging Department operations, including setting goals and priorities, allocating resources, along with developing plans, policies, procedures, and best practices within the department.
•Supervises operations for cataloging and processing of print and non-print resources, special collections/rare books, government documents, and electronic resources including monographs, serials, and databases.
•Supervises Metadata Librarian in setting priorities to meet non-MARC metadata needs of the Special Collections and Digital Initiatives departments, and in providing consultation and guidance to the Institutional Repository team.
•Collaborates and consults with other library units to meet their metadata & cataloging needs.
•Collaborates with the Head of Discovery Services to enhance the user discovery and access experience, especially regarding the role of the catalog in relation to the discovery layer, as part of an ongoing effort to improve the tools used to connect users with desired content.
•Serves as a member of the Knowledge Access Management Services Division’s management team.
•Creates a positive work environment for staff; builds successful teams and engages staff in a process of continual change and improvement.

Resource Person:
•Serves as the resource person to all Library staff in answering inquiries and providing interpretations of existing and emerging metadata standards and rules.
•Stays current with trends and developments in cataloging and metadata; directs ongoing review and revision of metadata/cataloging policies and procedures.
•Researches current professional practices and available vendor options and proposes practical, flexible solutions for backlog reduction and other access issues.

•Performs original and complex MARC cataloging for materials, including various formats such as maps, manuscripts, music, and foreign language materials.
•Oversees maintenance of the Libraries’ Sierra Cataloging module and related ILS functions and coordinates policy decisions for its use.
•Oversees acquisition and revision of MARC records from vendors and external sources for batch loading into the catalog

Committees and Communities:
•Serves on library and university-wide committees, task forces and initiatives as required.
•Serves as the library’s liaison in local, regional, and national arenas on metadata and cataloging issues.

•Participates in scholarly activities and provides service to the university and the profession in accordance with Libraries and University standards for professional development, promotion, and tenure.
The preferred candidate will have a solid foundation of knowledge and experience in metadata and cataloging including: MARC21 and non-MARC metadata schema, such as Dublin Core, EAD, MODS, and METS; current standards such as RDA, LCSH, LC Classification; authority records from varying sources, including the LC Name Authority File; and using the cataloging module of an integrated library system, preferably Innovative Interfaces Sierra.

The Libraries emphasize excellent communication and interpersonal skills; a strong service orientation and interest in library users’ values and needs; and leadership which encourages teamwork. The ability to work both independently and collaboratively is essential, as is the ability to plan, analyze, and solve problems creatively, flexibly, and resourcefully.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

About us: The University of Nevada, Reno is the land-grant university and major research institution in the state with a student body of 22,000. The University Libraries include the main library in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center and the DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library, which together combine traditional library services and unique primary research materials with dynamic collaboration and active learning spaces. Instructional design, media production, and maker spaces are part of the library organization and we are proud to offer opportunities to collaborate with professionals and technologies in these specialties.
Reno/Tahoe Area: Located just a 3 ½ hour drive from San Francisco, the Reno/Tahoe area is one of the country’s outdoor meccas, which also boasts an array of festivals and cultural activities and an active arts community.

Required Qualifications

•An ALA-accredited MLS degree
•A minimum of 2 years of supervisory or management experience in a library technical services environment.
•A minimum of 2 years of experience creating original records, preferably in an academic or research library setting.

Preferred Qualifications

•NACO training and certification to contribute records to LC Name Authority File
•Experience with original cataloging of special formats such as maps, music, and foreign language materials
•Experience creating and executing crosswalks between metadata schemas
•Familiarity with and interest in emerging concepts such as linked data and FRBR and new data models such as BIBFRAME
•Familiarity with digital asset management systems such as CONTENTdm or Islandora

Contact Information for this Position

Molly Beisler, search chair

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach your resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references.

Job Open Date 07/18/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Search Number 72687
Note to All Applicants

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation, or genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression. The University of Nevada, Reno employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Reference Contact Information
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