Head, Digital Resources Metadata Section, UCLA John Riemer 08 Jun 2006 23:37 UTC

Professional Position Posting
Head, Digital Resources Metadata Section
UCLA Cataloging and Metadata Center

Rank and Salary: Salary and appointment level based on experience and
- Assistant Librarian Rank  ($39,000 - $43,860)
- Associate Librarian Rank ($43,860 - $65,448)
- Librarian Rank ($65,448 - $84,060)

Position Availability:  Immediately

The UCLA Library seeks applications/nominations for the position of
Head of Digital Resources Metadata Section in the Cataloging and
Metadata Center.

Description of Institution and Library

One of ten University of California (UC) campuses, UCLA is located in
Westwood Village, approximately five miles from the Pacific Ocean near
Santa Monica.  The 419-acre campus features 174 buildings, including
the Center for Health Sciences.  UCLA has more than 6,000 faculty and
academic staff and approximately 25,000 employees.  Founded in 1919,
UCLA offers 118 undergraduate degree programs and 200 graduate
programs and has more than 27,500 undergraduates and 12,800 graduate
students.  Academic excellence, faculty distinction, and a
comprehensive curriculum are hallmarks of UCLA, which is a member of
the Association of American Universities.  Among the faculty are five
Nobel Laureates, nine National Medal of Science winners, six MacArthur
Foundation Fellows, and 52 Guggenheim Fellows.  Thirty-one of UCLA’s
academic programs are ranked in the top 20 in their field ? third best
in the nation.  UCLA is California’s largest university and is a model
for public institutions of higher education.  As the tenth largest
employer in the region, UCLA generates almost $9 in economic activity
for every $1 state taxpayers invest in UCLA and generates an annual $6
billion economic impact on the greater Los Angeles region.

Ranked among the top five academic research libraries in North
America, the UCLA Library is comprised of 8 major libraries and 13
library wide departments, and the Southern Regional Library Facility,
the remote storage facility for the southern UC campuses, all of which
report to the University Librarian.  In addition, there are 12
affiliated libraries and library units.  There are approximately 125
FTE librarians on the campus, and the UCLA Library has a staff of
approximately 350 FTE and approximately 600 ? 700 student employees.
The Library has an organizational structure that includes the use of
teams in conjunction with departments and units.  Library holdings
encompass more than eight million volumes and more than 78,000 current
serial titles and an aggressively expanding electronic resources
collection.  The Library’s annual budget is in excess of $33.9
million; more than $10 million supports the acquisition of print and
digital material.  The UCLA Library is part of
the UC California Digital Library (CDL) and participates in
consortial purchasing for electronic resources and in system wide
collaborative projects.  The UCLA Library is a member of the
Association of Research Libraries, the Coalition of Networked
Information, the Center for Research Libraries, the Council of Library
and Information Resources, International Federation of Library
Associations and Institutions, and the Scholarly Publishing and
Academic Resources Coalition.

The UCLA Library Cataloging & Metadata Center is the largest of the
cataloging centers in the UCLA Library system.  It is primarily
responsible for cataloging and preparing annually more than 90,000
titles (monographs, serials, and integrating resources) in various
formats and languages. The Center serves the cataloging needs of the
Arts, Biomedical, College, Management, Music, Science & Engineering,
and Young Research Libraries, as well as of six small collections on
campus.  The Center’s 15 FTE librarians and 29 FTE staff are organized
into seven sections: Authority/Database Maintenance; Continuing
Resources Cataloging; Digital Resources Metadata; Monographic
Cataloging; Copy Cataloging; Physical Processing; and Training &
Documentation. The Center is a member of the Program for Cooperative
Cataloging and contributes to BIBCO, CONSER, NACO, and SACO.

Within the Cataloging & Metadata Center, the Digital Resources
Metadata Section is responsible for the bibliographic control of
digital resources using a number of metadata schema, providing
training and documentation for the use of these standards, and
assessment of metadata services.  In support of local digital library
work, the section coordinates metadata creation within the center
and/or with other library and university staff.  For selected
projects, the section advises library staff on best practices for
metadata standards and applications.  The section coordinates workflow
for electronic resources within the center. Bibliographic control
standards used include Dublin Core, MODS, VRA Core, METS, XML, MARC
21, AACR2, LCRI, LCSH, Library of Congress Classification, etc.  In
addition to the Head, the section consists of 1.0 FTE staff.

Position Duties

As the section head, the incumbent is responsible for the leadership,
management, and supervision of the Digital Resources Metadata
Section.  Section heads are also members of the management/leadership
team in the Cataloging & Metadata Center and as such contribute to
policy and planning directions for the Center.  The incumbent will:
- Provide expert leadership and guidance in selection of schema,
thesauri, and data design for digital initiatives in the Library and
the broader University community.
- Provide original cataloging and perform authority work for e-
resources and contribute records to the Program for Cooperative
- Organize section workload and conduct training for library staff as
- Plan, manage, and review metadata for digital projects.
- Coordinate workflow with other units, particularly the Digital
Library Program and Digital Collections Services.
- Manage loading of shipments of California Digital Library Shared
Cataloging Program records.
- Develop, document, and revise standards for multiple e-resource
formats, for use in the UCLA Library Catalog, the electronic resource
management system, and other databases.
- Define data elements, recommend data element usage, and determine
mapping among metadata schema.
- Lead efforts to reuse and re-purpose data from multiple formats for
a variety of users and stakeholders.
- Strategize for the success of federated searching through use of
controlled vocabularies and subsequent upkeep of headings
- Externally advocate for standards and tools needed locally.
- Responsible for the supervision of section staff and student
employees including recruitment, orientation, training, and
performance evaluation.
- Provide training or continuing education in these areas as needed.
- Write and maintain documentation of policies and procedures.
- Participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of services.
- Participate in grant submission for projects and actively monitor
grant writing initiatives for opportunities to incorporate good data
practices into the proposals.
- Contribute to overall policy, planning, problem-solving, and future
directions for the Center.

Required Qualifications

- ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science or
studies OR significant graduate-level coursework toward a Master's
Degree in Library or Information Science OR equivalent education and
experience (subject expertise combined with professional library
education and/or experience).
- Working knowledge of a range of developing metadata schema and
standards used to manage and describe digital collections, e.g. Dublin
Core, VRA Core, MODS, etc.
- Knowledge of national standards, specifically, application of the
Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2r), Library of Congress Subject
Headings (LCSH) and classification, MARC21 formats for bibliographic
and authority data.
- Experience contributing authority records through NACO.
- Familiarity with the principles of authority control.
- Willingness and ability to collaborate with other UC campuses in
providing metadata services.
- Strong service orientation and excellent analytical and problem-
solving skills.
- Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with personal computers
and software, the Web, and library-relevant information technology
applications. Working knowledge of standard computer office
applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access,
PowerPoint or other productivity software.
- Ability to work effectively in a production-oriented environment and
to develop and adjust workflow to service needs.
- Excellent organizational, time, and project management skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal
- Experience in supervision.  Demonstrated ability to supervise,
orient, and train staff and student employees.
- Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as
a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among
- Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and
workplace and ability to work with a diverse student and faculty
- Capacity to thrive in the exciting, ambiguous, future-oriented
environment of a world-class research institution and to respond
effectively to changing needs and priorities.
- Commitment to professional issues, demonstrated through strong
interest in local or national committee work, research, publication,
etc., in cataloging or in a subject expertise.

Desired Qualifications

- Experience with mapping and transporting of data.
- Familiarity with XML.
- Experience in cataloging materials through a cataloging utility,
such as OCLC or RLIN, in an integrated library system environment.
- Experience in the use of electronic cataloging support tools such as
Classification Web and Cataloger’s Desktop.
- Familiarity with classification schemes and thesauri other than LCC,

General Information

Professional librarians at UC are academic appointees and are
represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council -
American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT).  They are entitled to
appropriate professional leave, two days per month of vacation leave,
one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-
faculty academic personnel.  UC has an excellent retirement system and
sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance
plans in addition to other benefits.  Relocation assistance is

Appointees to the librarian series at UC shall have professional
backgrounds that demonstrate a high degree of creativity, teamwork,
and flexibility.  Such background will normally include a professional
degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science graduate
program.  In addition to professional competence and quality of
service within the library in the primary job, advancement in the
librarian series requires professional involvement and contributions
outside of the library, university and community service, and
scholarly activities.  Candidates must show evidence or promise of
such contributions.

Application Procedures

Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply to
Jenifer Abramson, Assistant Director of Library Human Resources, UCLA
Library, Library Human Resources, 11617 Charles E. Young Research
Library, Box 951575, Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1575.
E-mail applications encouraged and can be sent to <jobs-
hr@library.ucla.edu>.  Applications should include: a cover letter
describing qualifications and experience; a current resume/vita
detailing education and relevant experience; and the names and
addresses for at least three professional references, including a
current or previous supervisor.

Candidates applying by July 19, 2006 will be given first
consideration.  UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks
applications and nominations from women and minorities.  UCLA seeks to
recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our
commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the
excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied
disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA-compliant
employer.  Under federal law, the University of California may employ
only individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United
States as established by providing documents specified in the
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.  Employment is contingent
upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.

Visit the UCLA Library Employment Opportunities Web site at

John Riemer
Head, UCLA Library Cataloging & Metadata Center
A1538 Young Research Library
(campus mail code 157511)
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
+1 310.825.2901 voice
+1 310.206.4974 fax