Electronic Resources Cataloging position available Rubenstein, Nancy 14 Oct 2003 19:23 UTC

Center for Information Processing

Title: Catalog Librarian I-II                           Position Number: 0050379
                                                              Salary range: Low-mid 30's

Reporting Relationships: Reports to the Director for Bibliographic Control.

Responsibilities: Primary responsibility for cataloging electronic resources. Provides bibliographic leadership for emerging standards and trends in accessing electronic resources.

Professional skills: Each librarian utilizes effective communication, analytical skills and innovative thinking to resolve problems, provide documentation, and manage projects. The ability to work independently and collaboratively in a strategic team network is essential. Every team member must manage time effectively in order to balance multiple priorities.

Team Memberships:
Bibliographic Control Team: provides direction and education for cataloging and holdings policies, database maintenance, and authority control. Members create and provide timely and accurate bibliographic records of library resources in all formats, languages and subjects. They are responsible for monitoring trends in bibliographic control, following national standards, and interpreting cataloging procedures to staff. This position will create and provide timely and accurate records for electronic resources and print periodicals in a variety of languages and subjects.

Continuations Team: is responsible for providing materials received on a continuing basis (standing orders, periodicals, and serial gifts). Tasks of this team include ordering, check-in, cataloging, claiming, withdrawing, and database maintenance. Timely access with accurate holdings information for continuations materials is this team's goal. This position contributes cataloging expertise, direction, and training.

Interdepartmental teams: These teams are responsible for collaborative efforts to achieve library wide strategic goals. This position provides the bibliographic perspective as a member of the CUL Electronic Resources Team and other groups.

Required: Master's degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA accredited program. December, 03 graduates will be considered.  Coursework in cataloging or equivalent experience. Knowledge of MARC formats, AACR2, Library of Congress rule interpretations, subject headings and classification schedules. Broad educational background. Cataloging proficiency in one or more modern European languages. Experience with automated library systems. Ability to follow established procedures and to perform work requiring considerable accuracy and attention to detail. Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work at a computer station for extended periods.
Desired: At least one year cataloging experience with serials or electronic resources. Knowledge of CONSER programs, standards, and initiatives. Familiarity with emerging metadata standards such as Dublin Core. Effective problem solving skills.

Note: In addition to core management and service responsibilities, all CUL staff participates in teams which cross service boundaries. All staff must be prepared to adapt to flexible organizational patterns and changing work environments. Position duties and responsibilities will change as the libraries respond to new priorities and users' research needs. The libraries will adopt new directions and information technology as appropriate, update policies and procedures as necessary, and periodically reevaluate collections, access, services, operations and programs. Each librarian is expected to develop a progressively more substantive professional scholarly record.

Environment: Southern Methodist University is a private university that offers its 10,000 students excellent undergraduate programs centered on the liberal arts and widely recognized graduate and professional programs.  The campus is located on a lovely 165-acre tree lined campus with historic Collegiate Georgian buildings and beautiful lawns, near the heart of downtown Dallas.  For more information about SMU visit our WebPages at: http://www.smu.edu/facts/.  Central University Libraries offers a collegial working environment that fosters professional growth of its staff with management training and travel funding for professional meetings.

Terms of Employment: Twelve months: 37.5 hrs/wk. Flexible hours, 15 days annual vacation plus 12 paid University holidays.  SMU offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid medical leave, progressive healthcare choices, dental insurance, Social Security, a retirement plan with immediate vesting, group term life insurance, and a tuition benefit for employees and their families.  SMU is an AA/EOE/Title IX Employer.

Other benefits: Employees are encouraged to take advantage of the many cultural and sports activities on campus.  Museum, theatre, lecture programs, and sports activities are offered free or at reduced rates to University employees.  Through a free program that includes access to classes, seminars throughout campus and facilities available in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, SMU encourages a balanced approach to health in mind, body, and spirit.

Applications:  Send letter of application, current resume, and names, addresses,
and telephone numbers of three references to: Electronic Resources Cataloger Search Committee, Job 050379, P.O. 750232, Dallas, Texas 75275-0232

DEADLINE TO APPLY: November 12, 2003