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Position Announcement - Cataloging/Metadata Librarian Greg Bull 18 Jan 2005 14:20 UTC

Cataloging/Metadata Librarian

Carleton College seeks an energetic and innovative librarian to lead our
cataloging programs into the future. We need an individual with a mastery
of traditional cataloging standards/practices for the everyday work of
original and complex copy cataloging, and one who is also excited about
working with others to explore and develop new ways to approach the
description, organization of, and access to information resources
campus-wide.  In particular, this person will be a key player in developing
an institutional repository of digital resources for the college.

Carleton College is ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the U.S.
In the last six years the staff of Gould Library has grown by six FTE
positions.  We have received recent Mellon Foundation and other grants for
information literacy, collection building, and integrated library system
development.  In 2004, Carleton and St. Olaf College merged their
Innovative Interfaces library systems to provide more seamless access to
resources for students and faculty at both colleges.  Staff from both
schools now work together collaboratively on shared cataloging and other

Carleton's location in Northfield, a town of 17,000, provides the best of
small town living, just a short drive (40 miles) south of metropolitan
Minneapolis/St. Paul.  St. Olaf College, another premier liberal arts
college, known world-wide for their music programs, is just one mile from
Carleton.   Events at the colleges and through community organizations
offer a lively intellectual and cultural environment year-round.

Purpose of position:     The Cataloging/Metadata Librarian provides
leadership in traditional cataloging and in emerging information
organization methods.  Serves as a resource person for other staff
concerning OCLC, cataloging, classification, database maintenance, record
loading and workflow issues.  Employs traditional cataloging principles and
practices in description, classification, subject analysis, and authority
control, as well as emerging metadata schemas used to make electronic and
other resources accessible.  Performs original and complex copy cataloging
for a wide range of formats, including monographs, serials, media, online
resources, government documents, and maps.

Conducts ongoing environmental scans for trends and tools relevant to
providing information access at Carleton, and experiments with promising
tools that appear to be ready for adoption in a liberal arts college
environment.  Participates in campus conversations regarding institutional
repository needs and solutions.  Through on-campus consulting, contributes
cataloging expertise to faculty, staff and student projects involving the
organization and retrieval of information. Leads efforts to repurpose data
from a variety of formats for a variety of users and uses.  Works
collaboratively with all staff in a Technical Services department combining
acquisitions, serials, cataloging, and government documents, as well as
with other segments of the library, campus and consortium community on
information organization & access needs.

Minimum required qualifications:     ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent.
Working knowledge of AACR2, OCLC, MARC formats, CONSER, LC classification,
LCSH, and authority control.  Cataloging experience in an online
environment.  Demonstrated facility working with computer-based
applications and files in a Windows environment, including spreadsheets.
Knowledge of developing metadata schemas and standards used to manage and
describe digital collections in a variety of formats.  Ability to plan,
coordinate and manage projects.  Organizational ability, sound judgment,
intellectual curiosity, cooperative spirit.   Outstanding oral and written
communication and analytical skills.  High level of initiative and ability
to adapt in a changing work environment.  Excellent interpersonal skills,
including the proven ability to work collaboratively with all segments of
the College community.  Strong service orientation.  Interest in and
ability to contribute to the profession, including research, publication
and participation in professional organizations.

Terms of appointment:     Position is available immediately.  Full-time,
year round, including academic breaks.  Competitive salary.  Excellent
benefits package, including Carleton health benefits, paid vacation and
sick days, TIAA-CREF, flex accounts, etc.

To apply:     Review of applications will resume February 14, 2005 and will
continue until position is filled.  Send letter of interest, resume and
contact information, including names, addresses, email and phone numbers
for three professional references to Carleton College, Human Resources, One
North College St, Northfield, MN 55057.  For a full job description and
more information on Carleton and the Library, visit our website Carleton College is an equal opportunity
employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Greg Bull
Periodicals/E-Journals Specialist
Carleton College Library
1 North College St.
Northfield, MN  55057
Phone: (507)646-5559
Fax: (507)646-4087