Chief Catalog Librarian Position Announcement - Yale (Evelyn Wrinn) Ann Ercelawn 30 Jul 1996 20:20 UTC
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 1996 15:37:07 -0400 From: Evelyn Wrinn <Evelyn.Wrinn@QUICKMAIL.YALE.EDU> Subject: VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT CHIEF CATALOG LIBRARIAN, Yale University Library Minimum Rank: Librarian IV Within the University Library, Technical Service units pursue a course of continual change and innovation in building integrated, university-wide scholarly information systems. These systems are designed to provide readers rapid access to new materials in all formats as well as a high-quality bibliographic record of Yale's extraordinary library collections. These collections, which the Library has developed over the last three centuries, continue to grow at nearly 100,000 titles per year and include an increasing number of materials in digital form. To help sustain and shape its role in the changing world of information resources, the Yale University Library seeks an energetic and experienced catalog librarian to join its general management team and the leadership of Technical Services. The Chief Catalog Librarian will exercise leadership for the policies and procedures used by central as well as school and departmental cataloging units of the Library. The Chief Catalog Librarian will oversee the Library's participation in NACO, BIBCO, and other national-level cataloging initiatives and programs. In addition, the Chief Catalog Librarian will head the central Catalog Department in the Sterling Memorial Library and will nurture a team approach to management, foster creative improvements in cataloging practices, and cultivate an ethic of service to the Yale community at large and specifically to units elsewhere in the Library that focus on reference, instruction and collection development. The Catalog Department consists of 21 librarians and 29 library assistants organized in 6 teams responsible for bibliographic control of curricular, general research, and special collection materials in a broad range of disciplines and a wide variety of languages. The Department is also responsible for maintaining the on-line catalog and for leading the Library's effort to convert 4.5 million titles from the manual card file to electronic form. The staff in the Department make use of a sophisticated set of workstation and other automated tools to catalog over 85,000 titles a year in all formats, reduce a 90,000 title cataloging backlog, and maintain a growing on-line catalog of nearly 3.3 million titles and over 1.3 million authorized headings. The Chief Catalog Librarian will serve on the Library's Technical Services Management Group, the Library Management Council, and various other key governing groups within the Library and is expected to be professionally active. QUALIFICATIONS: An MLS from an ALA-accredited library school. At least eight years of professional experience with demonstrated achievement supervising staff, managing budgets, and administering cataloging activity, preferably in a research library setting. Creative, dynamic, and flexible leadership and team-building abilities. Strong service orientation and problem-solving abilities. High-level knowledge of cataloging standards and trends, including a command of authority control, subject analysis and LC classification issues, sensitivity to the complexities of cataloging materials in a wide variety of languages, and an appreciation of current developments regarding the bibliographic control of networked information. Strong computer skills, including experience with bibliographic services such as RLIN and OCLC, automated systems such as Notis, and general office and network-based tools. Excellent analytical and organizational skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work well independently and with others, including service providers, at a wide range of organizational levels and in a rapidly changing and demanding environment. SALARY AND BENEFITS: Competitive salary and full benefits package available. Please submit a letter of application, resume and the names of three references to Diane Y. Turner, Director, Library Human Resources, P.O. Box 208240, New Haven, CT, 06520-8240. Application deadline is September 13, 1996; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Yale University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.