THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES A SEARCH FOR A Resource Description Coordinator Mykie Howard 26 Feb 2008 14:38 UTC

This is posted on behalf of the Gelman Library, George Washington


Description Coordinator


APPOINTMENT RANK AND SALARY: Appointment at the rank of Librarian II
(minimum salary $45,000 or Librarian III, minimum salary, $50,000).  Rank
and salary based on qualifications and experience.

The Resource Description Coordinator is a member of a dynamically-evolving
Digital and Technology Services Department and assumes overall
responsibility for cataloging policy and production.  The Resource
Description Unit is one of three primary units within Technical Services,
and is responsible for describing and providing access to serial and
monographic content in all formats.  MARC and Non-MARC catalog records are
created in this unit, keeping pace with shifting library priorities.  The
Resource Description Coordinator reports to the Head of Technical Services,
who in turn reports to the Associate University Librarian for Digital
Initiatives and Technical Services.  This position is part of the Technical
Services Management Team which coordinates departmental policies, procedures
and workflows.

The coordinator will supervise a small group of professionals and
paraprofessionals and will evolve a futuristic, fast paced, cross-trained,
and production oriented unit.  The coordinator will establish local
cataloging policies that focus on the user experience; cataloging to the
level needed and taking full advantage of third-party records and services
including authority control.  The coordinator will work with Collection
Development Librarians and the Public and Technical Services staff to
re-evaluate the traditional OPAC.  S/he will establish new policies and
procedures as needed and will research and promote new models of access.

The Resource Description Coordinator works to provide access to the Gelman
Library System's (GLS) print and digital collections, including ejournals,
ebooks, and other less traditional electronic resources like blogs,
podcasts, 3-D images, virtual environments, and fugitive web content as
selected by Collection Development Librarians.  The Coordinator will oversee
the creation and maintenance of MARC records and non-MARC metadata to
appropriately describe and access electronic and tangible content,
commercial content that is purchased and/or licensed; content digitized
in-house; and digital content acquired as part of manuscript and archival

The Resource Description Coordinator is responsible for developing and
implementing quality control procedures for all house and third-party record
creation; for keeping up-to-date on changing metadata standards; and for
designing new metadata capture workflows.  S/he will also train and
supervise staff in new metadata standards and workflows; and other duties
associated with the management of digital objects and data related to them.

The Resource Description Coordinator plays a leading role in evaluating and
implementing the appropriate metadata standards to be used for various
formats of material held by the GLS.  Such metadata standards include, but
are not limited to, MARC, METS, MODS, Dublin Core, EAD, etc.  S/he works in
coordination with the Serials and Electronic Resources Coordinator to ensure
efficient and effective delivery of electronic resources to the GLS
community, using emerging information technologies and standards-based
methods. The Coordinator plays an active role in training Resource
Description staff members in applying and integrating these appropriate
metadata standards to existing day-to-day workflows.

The Resource Description Coordinator participates in library planning,
serves on library, Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC)  and
University-wide committees, task forces, and teams.  S/he may also be asked
to coordinate metadata projects involving other units of the University.

The coordinator supervises paraprofessional and professional staff,
including at least one Metadata Specialist.

GLS librarians are expected to be active professionally, to contribute to
developments in the field, and to perform additional duties as assigned.


ALA-accredited masters level degree in library or information science, or
its equivalent.

Minimum two years relevant experience in a library, museum, archive or
information center.

Course work in, or 1 year's recent (with 2 years) working experience with,
evolving standards of cataloging ebooks and other electronic resources,
issues related to the loading and integration of MARC records.

Course work in, or 1 year's recent (within 2 years) working experience with,
standards-based metadata schemes, such as XML, EAD, METS, MODS.

Evidence of supervisory experience.


Demonstrated successful project managemet experience.

Demonstrated ability to participate in a team environment to create
innovative cataloging workflows that contribute to quality customer service.

Excellent interpersonal skills.

Ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably, and personably, orally and in

Experience in digital libraries.

Knowledge of digital archiving and preservation trends.

Experience providing access to special or archival collections.

Evidence of innovation using emerging information technologies, including
the ability to develop concepts from idea to implementation.

Experience with ILS systems, such as Innovative Interfaces, SirsiDynix,
ExLibris or other integrated library system.

Demonstrated record of ongoing professional development and contribution.

REVIEW DATE: Review of applications will begin on April 7, 2008, and will
continue until the position is filled.

Application Procedure:

Only complete applications will be considered. To be considered, please send
a letter containing a brief statement of interest, submit an assessment of
skills related to qualifications in the basic qualifications section, a
curriculum vitae and complete contact information for at least three
references to:

Emma Mosby

Manager, Gelman Library System Administrative Services The Gelman Library
Administration Office The George Washington University The Melvin Gelman
Library 2130 H St. NW, Room 201 Washington, DC  20052

The University and department have a strong commitment to achieving
diversity among librarians and staff.  We are particularly interested in
receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly
encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position.

The George Washington University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action


Mykie Howard

Serials Librarian

Morehead State University

Camden-Carroll Library

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Morehead, KY  40351