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Position Available: Columbia University -- Rick Block Stephen Clark 02 Aug 2004 14:23 UTC

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From: rjb57@COLUMBIA.EDU [mailto:rjb57@COLUMBIA.EDU]
Sent: Monday, August 02, 2004 9:10 AM
Subject: Position Available: Columbia University

The Columbia University Libraries seek a cataloger with substantial
serials experience and with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
to catalog print and electronic continuing resources (serials and
integrating) issued in electronic format. Reporting to the Head of
Original and Special Materials Cataloging, the incumbent will provide full
(or other appropriate level) original cataloging in a variety of print,
non-print and digital formats in a variety of subject areas. This position
will also have some responsibility for performing tasks related to
electronic resources management (e-journals and databases). The position
will also supervise serials-related projects. The Libraries participate in
BIBCO, CONSER, NACO and SACO. Catalogers contribute to planning, policy
and procedure development and are expected to keep abreast of methods,
guidelines, and approaches for the bibliographic control of library
materials. Columbia's extensive digital library activities provide many
opportunities for catalogers to work in non-traditional ways with
colleagues in special collections, academic computing, Electronic
Publishing Initiative at Columbia, Center for New Media Teaching and
Learning, and the Center for Research in Information Access.

The Original and Special Materials Cataloging Department (10.5
professionals and 8.5 support staff) provides original cataloging for
selected monographs plus cataloging for all serials, non-book formats and
electronic resources, and specialized materials such as rare books. The
Libraries currently receive over 60,000 serial titles and provide access
to over 20,000 electronic journals.

Requirements are: accredited MLS or equivalent; working knowledge of
cataloging principles and procedures including AACR2R, LC Subject Headings
and Classification, and MARC 21 formats; working knowledge of standard
bibliographic and other reference tools; strong working knowledge in two
European languages; broad subject background; and familiarity with a range
of automated processing activities.  Additional requirements include
effective verbal and written communication skills; experience in procedure
development and writing documentation; good organization skills; and
aptitude for complex, analytical and detailed work. Highly desirable
qualifications include previous serials cataloging experience at a
professional level; previous CONSER experience;  experience with Voyager,
OCLC and/or RLIN; experience in a large research library; and demonstrated
interest in the issues and standards related to metadata.

Salary for this PC-I position is commensurate with experience. We offer
excellent benefits including tuition exemption for self and family and
assistance with University housing.  Columbia will also pay 50% of tuition
for your dependent child who is a candidate for an undergraduate degree at
another accredited college or university.

One of the world's leading research universities, Columbia provides
outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a unique intellectual
community. Set in the Morningside Heights academic village, Columbia also
presents the unmatched dynamism, diversity and cultural richness of New
York City. The University Libraries, grounded in collections of remarkable
depth and breadth, are also building extensive electronic resources and
services. The Libraries at Columbia are committed to collegiality,
professionalism, innovation and leadership.

For immediate consideration, please e-mail your resume to and list the names, addresses and phone numbers
of three references. You may also mail your resume to Human Resources
Office, Box 18 Butler Library, MC 1104, Columbia University, 535 West
114th Street, New York, NY 10027. Your cover letter must specify Job
Search # UL 70105001 and include your e-mail address. Applications will be
accepted immediately and until the position is filled; however, priority
consideration will be given to applications received by August 27, 2004.

Columbia University is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Rick J. Block
Head, Original and Special Materials Cataloging
Columbia University
102A Butler Library
535 W. 114th St., MC 1111
New York, NY 10027

Voice: (212) 854-2237
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