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Position announcement: Serials Cataloger, UC Irvine Manuel Urrizola 07 Jan 2005 17:14 UTC


The Catalog Department at the University of California, Irvine,
Libraries is seeking a Serials Cataloger to provide leadership and
expertise in ensuring intellectual access to serial publications.  The
incumbent will bring vision and energy to designing and implementing
effective organization of, and patron access to, the Libraries' serial
publications. The position requires knowledge of print and electronic
serials; and the ability to assess, develop and implement technology to
promote the successful management of serials.  Depending on skills and
experience the opportunity exists for assumption of supervisory and
management responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of the Catalog Department, coordinates and
participates in the bibliographic control of  serials; provides
leadership for the formulation of policies and procedures related to
patron access to serial publications within the Catalog Department and
throughout the Libraries.  Performs original and complex copy cataloging
for all types of serial publications in a variety of formats, languages
and subjects, using MARC format, AACR2, Library of Congress
classification and subject headings. Provides training in serials
cataloging and serves as a resource person in the area of serials
cataloging both within the Department and in other areas of the
Libraries.  Participates in UC system-wide initiatives related to the
management of electronic resources and projects to provide access to
serial titles received through the California Digital Library and the UC
Shared Cataloging Program.  Assists with access issues related to online
serials such as providing links between various access systems including
the Libraries electronic resources database.  Participates in library
committees, task forces, and special projects, particularly those
related to serials cataloging and bibliographic control.  Assists with
quality control and problem-solving related to serial publications and
assists in the management of the serials cataloging workflow.  Monitors
trends and maintains currency in emerging issues in bibliographic
control of serials.  Shares responsibility in Catalog Department
management as a member of the Catalog Policy Committee.


·         Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited
library school
·         Experience in cataloging serials using the Anglo-American
Cataloguing Rules, Library of Congress classification and
        subject headings, MARC21 formats
·         Current awareness of national trends and developments in
cataloging, metadata standards and information retrieval
·         Solid working experience with OCLC and automated library systems
·         Demonstrated awareness of national and international trends in
serials cataloging
·         Ability to train in cataloging standards and procedures
·         Ability to excel in a dynamic, collaborative,
technology-intensive environment
·         Evidence of flexibility and of analytical skills to resolve
complex problems
·         Demonstrated ability to work well in a changing environment,
to work effectively in a large and diverse organization,
        and to exercise creativity and initiative
·         Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
·         Ability to meet the University of California criteria for
advancement and promotion

·         Demonstrated knowledge of established and emerging metadata
standards (e.g., Dublin Core, XML) and initiatives to
        enhance access to electronic resources
·         Training/teaching and documentation preparation experience
·         Demonstrated successful supervisory and/or management experience
·         Familiarity with CONSER standards
·         Working knowledge of foreign languages

The Catalog Department

The Catalog Department is responsible for cataloging approximately
40,000 items annually including monographs, serials, AV, music, computer
files, electronic resources, and government publications for all
subjects and languages. Including the Department Head, the staff
includes 7 librarians, 23 library assistants and a varying number of
student assistants.  The Department consists of five sections: Monograph
Cataloging, Serials Cataloging, Catalog Maintenance, Electronic
Resources/Federal Documents and East Asian Cataloging.  The Department
uses OCLC for cataloging and the Innovative Interfaces Inc. integrated
library system.

The Libraries

The UCI Libraries are in a major period of growth and consist of the
Langson Library, the Science Library, and the Grunigen Medical Library.
The Langson Library primarily serves the Schools of Humanities, Arts,
Social Sciences, Social Ecology, the Graduate School of Management, the
Department of Education, and Interdisciplinary Studies.  The Science
Library primarily serves the College of Medicine and the Schools of
Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Information and
Computer Sciences.  The Grunigen Medical Library serves the UCI Medical
Center, located in Orange, 12 miles from the main campus.

The UCI Libraries have a staff of 273 FTE and an organizational
structure that includes the use of teams in conjunction with
departments.  The library collection consists of over 2.3 million
volumes and over 25,000 current serial titles, a substantial microform
collection, and an aggressively expanding electronic resources
collection.  The UCI Libraries are a member of the:  Association of
Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), Coalition of
Networked Information (CNI),  Center for Research Libraries (CRL),
Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), International
Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and Scholarly
Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

University of California, Irvine

One of ten University of California campuses, the University of
California, Irvine, is nestled in 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five
miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles.
Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of
California campuses, with more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate
students and about 1,400 faculty members.  Student enrollment is
expected to reach 30,000 by 2010 accompanied by a proportional growth in
faculty.  Nearly 60% of UCI students identify themselves as
Asian-American, African-American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American.
The University offers 40 doctoral programs in addition to the M.D.  UCI
is ranked nationally in the top universities; several doctoral programs
are ranked in the top ten.

Librarians at the University of California, Irvine are academic
appointees and receive potential career status at the time of their
initial appointment.  Librarians are periodically subject to
administrative and peer review for merit increases based on the
following criteria: 1) professional competence and quality of service
within the Library; 2) professional activity outside the Library;  3)
university and public service; and 4) research and other creative
activity.  They are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, one
day per month sick leave, reductions in incidental fees, and all other
perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel.  The University
has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group life
and health insurance plans.  Benefits are equal to approximately 40% of

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience within a range
of  $37,920 - $70,500  (Assistant Librarian I - Librarian II).
Depending on skills and experience of the successful candidate, the
opportunity exists for assumption of supervisory and management
responsibilities, which may place the position in the higher steps of
the advertised salary range.

Deadline for Applications:  Applications received by February 7, 2005,
will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be
accepted until the position is filled.

To Apply:  Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this
position should send their letters of application, complete résumés, and
the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references to:
Lillian Gates, Library Human Resources, UC Irvine, P.O. Box 19557,
Irvine, CA 92623-9557.  e-mail:; confidential fax (949)
824-3270.  Electronic applications are preferred.  Upon application,
candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to
employment in the U.S.  In compliance with the Immigration Reform and
Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be
required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is
absolutely essential in ultimately being hired.

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries Web site at , with links to
additional Web sites featuring campus and community information.

The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer
committed to excellence through diversity.

Manuel Urrizola
Head of Monograph & Serials Cataloging
UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
Irvine, CA 92623-9557
(949) 824-3146
(949) 824-2059 Fax