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Position: Serials Cataloging - Univ. of Pennsylvania Marcia Tuttle 08 Feb 2002 16:39 UTC

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Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 11:27:00 -0500
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Subject: Position: Serials Cataloging - Univ. of Pennsylvania

University of  Pennsylvania Library
Patricia and Bernard Goldstein Information Processing Center



The University of Pennsylvania Library seeks a dynamic, creative, and
forward-thinking professional to assume responsibility for managing the
ongoing cataloging of digital and print serials. The Original Cataloging
Department is one of a number of units that make up the Information
Processing Center along with Shared Cataloging, Serials, Monographic
Acquisitions, Electronic Acquisitions, Post-Cataloging and Research,
Training and Quality Management (RTQM). Penn is a Voyager library and
most cataloging is done on the local system.  Penn is also a NACO and
BIBCO participant.

Reporting to the Head of the Original Cataloging Department, the Serials
Cataloging Librarian is responsible for the cataloging of serials for all
campus libraries (except Law) including Special Collections.

The successful candidate must have an understanding of current issues
involving seriality in a rapidly changing information environment and of
trends in serials cataloging.  To be effective the candidate must also
possess strong collegial and interpersonal skills, be able to work
collaboratively with staff at all levels of the organization and to
flourish in a high intensity work environment.


·       Supervising the cataloging of serials for the University Library.

·       Performing original and complex copy cataloging of serials, as
well as complex problem resolution involving serials representing a wide
variety of formats (including electronic), languages, subjects, and
levels of difficulty.

·       Performing non-routine database maintenance of serials and other
continuing resources.

·       Working closely with one high-level paraprofessional and assists
same in problem solving.

·       Providing leadership by representing the library in local and
national organizations relating to serials.

·       Evaluating and disseminating information on innovations and
emerging technologies in serials access.

·       Consulting widely to creatively meet the serials access needs of
a diverse clientele of library users.


·       An accredited MLS degree or the equivalent in theory and practice
with at least 3 years related experience.  Library school course work in
cataloging and technical services.

·       Working knowledge of serials and electronic resources cataloging
procedures and principles including AACR2, LCSH, LC classification, MARC
21 and CONSER standards.

·       Current awareness of national trends and developments in
cataloging, metadata standards and information retrieval.

·       Reading knowledge of at least one European language and facility
in working with other western languages.

·       Excellent analytic and problem solving skills.  Excellent
communication, interpersonal, organizational and time-management skills
with strong service orientation.  Demonstrated ability to work
independently and as part of a team in a dynamic environment.

·       Ongoing commitment to professional development and growth.


Salary highly competitive. This is a Penn Salary Grade 26 or 27
position.  Appointment and rank dependent on qualification and

 Click here for an Overview of Penn's Salary Structure

The University of Pennsylvania offers many excellent fringe benefits,
including tuition remission (including generous spousal and dependent
children benefits), an excellent pension program with a University match,
mortgage/housing assistance, childcare program, excellent area schools,
plus many other progressive benefits.


Candidates are asked to submit a letter of application, a complete
resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references
who can address the suitability of the candidate for the responsibilities
above. Applications received by March 15, 2002 will receive first
consideration.  Applications should be sent to: Mr. Robert Eash, Library
Human Resources Officer, University of Pennsylvania Library, 3420 Walnut
Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.  (e-mail to: