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Position available: Catalog librarian Hounshell, JoAnn 17 Aug 2004 19:58 UTC


Catalog Librarian (Position Number: 52-05)
Downtown Campus Library
Chicago-Kent College of Law & Stuart Graduate School of Business

The IIT Downtown Campus Library is seeking an energetic cataloger
interested in serials cataloging and database management with strong
analytical and problem-solving skills who has the capacity to thrive in an
environment of change to become the newest member of its bibliographic
services team.


Located in a state-of-the-art building in the heart of downtown Chicago,
the Downtown Campus Library primarily serves the Chicago-Kent College of
Law and the Stuart Graduate School of Business. The library's primary
patrons are the faculty of both the law and business schools and the 1,500
students who attend the downtown campus.  The library has an outstanding
collection of materials relating to law, business, international
relations, and the social sciences. Additional information about the
library and IIT can be found at: and


Under the general direction of the Director of Bibliographic Services, the
Catalog Librarian is responsible for cataloging library materials,
including continuing resources in both print and electronic formats. The
Catalog Librarian also co-supervises two library specialists with the
Government Documents Librarian.

Typical duties will include providing full (or other appropriate level)
original cataloging and authority control in a variety of print, non-print
and digital formats in a variety of subject areas; supervising all
serials-related projects; contributing to planning, policy and procedure
development of department; performing other duties to enhance the
collection and services of the library such as (but not limited to):
assisting in the development, implementation, and evaluation of cataloging
and bibliographic service policies, procedures, and publications based on
current information and developments in the field/literature; responding
to telephone, mail and e-mail inquiries from patrons seeking information;
individual and group training; and other duties as required. This position
will also have some responsibility for managing electronic resources
(e-journals and databases).


The position requires a M.L.S. from an A.L.A.-accredited graduate program.
A working knowledge of cataloging principles and procedures including
AACR2R, LC Subject Headings and Classification, and MARC 21 formats is
essential, as is a working knowledge of standard bibliographic and other
reference tools. The successful candidate must also have familiarity with
a range of automated processing activities.  In addition, the successful
candidate will have some supervisory experience and a demonstrated
commitment to customer service.  Excellent interpersonal, oral, and
written communication skills are critical, including experience in
procedure development and writing documentation. The successful candidate
will be one who is very customer service oriented, has a friendly and
helpful manner, can work effectively with faculty and all levels of staff,
possesses an aptitude for complex, analytical and detailed work, and can
manage diverse assignments in a rapidly-changing and demanding


Substantial experience cataloging serials; previous library experience
cataloging specialized business and/or legal materials; experience with
Voyager, the library's integrated library system; one year of cataloging
experience; experience with OCLC and/or RLIN; demonstrated interest in the
issues and standards related to metadata; experience with SFX and
e-resource management tools; teaching or training experience or teaching
aptitude; and experience with course management software (e.g.,
Blackboard, TWEN).


Salary is negotiable and competitive, commensurate with experience.

Position Available

Immediately; open until filled.


The Catalog Librarian will report to the Director of Bibliographic
Services, who is responsible for evaluating their performance with input
from the Director of Public Services, the Library Director, faculty, and
other clientele.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity in Employment Statement

It is the policy of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) to provide
equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees
regardless of race, religion, color, age, national origin, sex, marital
status, disability, special disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran

To apply:

For immediate consideration, please e-mail a letter of interest, resume,
and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three professional
references to <> .
You may also mail the above materials to JoAnn Hounshell, Director of
Bibliographic Services, 565 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60661.  Review
of applications will begin immediately.

Questions? Contact: JoAnn Hounshell, Director of Bibliographic Services,
565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661; phone: 312-906-5675;