Position Announcement: Oregon State Univ., Serials Cataloging Melissa Maloney 30 Jun 1998 22:39 UTC
This position announcement is being posted to several lists. Please excuse any duplication. Thank you. Position Announcement Serials Catalog Librarian The Valley Library/Information Services Oregon State University SETTING Oregon State University is one of only ten American universities to hold the land, sea and space grant designation and is one of two universities in the Pacific Northwest to achieve Carnegie Research I status. The University Libraries consist of a main collection of over one million volumes in The Valley Library on the Corvallis campus and one branch library in Newport. Upon completion of a $40 million renovation/expansion project in December 1998, The Valley Library will total 340,000 sq. ft. and offer state-of-the-art library and information services. The main floor of The Valley Library houses an Information Commons. The Information Commons furthers the University's goal of offering each student a "compelling learning experience" by providing a central campus resource which accommodates the traditional, innovative and experimental uses of information. The University Libraries are part of OSU's Information Services which also includes the Communication Media Center, Central Computing and Network Services. OSU is located in Corvallis, a community of 49,000 people situated in the Willamette Valley between Portland and Eugene. Ocean beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, high desert and the rugged Cascade and Coast Ranges are all within a 100-mile drive of Corvallis. Approximately 11,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students are enrolled at OSU, including 1,200 U.S. minority students and 1,800 international students. The university has an institution-wide commitment to diversity and multiculturalism, and provides a welcoming atmosphere with unique professional opportunities for leaders who are women and people of color. All are encouraged to apply. GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES Librarians are responsible for selecting, organizing and providing access to information needed by the students, faculty and staff of Oregon State University located both on and off the main campus. Librarians must know a variety of scholarly and general information sources and anticipate the effect of technological change and trends on the delivery of library services and the information literacy of library users. In the context of a library, the effect of change is cumulative in nature so both depth and breadth of experience are important to the institution. As tenure-track faculty members, OSU librarians serve on committees and task forces both at the departmental and university level and take a leadership role in local, state and national/international professional and scholarly societies and organizations. Librarians serve as active members of at least one Information Services team. In this capacity, their duties include: attending meetings, collaborating with peers regarding problem-solving and completing team assignments to further the goals of the Library, Information Services and the University. Typically, librarians also make a significant contribution to the on-going work of more than one team. Duties and assignments are subject to change given the dynamic organization of Information Services. Current duties are negotiated in the annual agreement. SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES Reporting to the Sponsor of the Cataloging Teams, the Serials Catalog Librarian catalogs serial publications and resources in any physical or electronic format providing the description, classification, subject headings and other access points as appropriate using AACR2 and LCRIs, CONSER, Library of Congress Classification Schedules, Library of Congress Subject Headings and the Library of Congress Authority File. The Librarian performs original cataloging and complex copy cataloging. In an effort to more fully utilize the local integrated library system, the Librarian develops and maintains an understanding of system indexing. The Librarian is expected to maintain connections with serial librarians at other institutions as well as an awareness of national cataloging standards and to actively pursue knowledge in this area. The Librarian participates in the Serials Cataloging Team; serves as leader in developing workflows, procedures and online electronic services for serials and may be asked to contribute to Information Services project activities. This position coordinates special serial-related projects as needed, participates in the planning and implementation of authority control methods, problem resolution and provides guidance to support staff working with serial publications. The Librarian communicates with other Cataloging Teams and other areas in The Valley Library dealing with serials Technical Services (Acquisitions, Government Publications, Hatfield Marine Science Center) and works with these areas to resolve situations concerning serial bibliographic control. Library-wide serial issues are coordinated with the Collection Services and the Reference & Research Consulting Teams. The Librarian engages in research and professional development by contributing to professional journals, presenting at regional and national conferences and workshops and by service to the profession. The Librarian also participates in faculty governance and university service by serving on committees and task forces. QUALIFICATIONS MLS from an ALA-accredited library program or foreign equivalent; minimum of two years recent professional serials cataloging experience, preferably in an academic or research library; a familiarity with MARC, AACR2, LCRI, LCSH, LCCS (preferred) or DDC and authority control ; experience with a bibliographic utility and local integrated system; demonstrated ability to cope with and advocate for change; knowledge of current information technologies; experience working independently and collaboratively; strong analytical skills and problem-solving abilities; demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to undergraduate education and a learning environment which supports diversity; and the demonstrated ability to conduct research and participate in scholarly activities are required. Preferred: Previous experience cataloging government documents serials as well as electronic resources; bibliographic knowledge of at least one foreign language; experience with OCLC; and demonstrated experience analyzing workflow and writing procedures and policies. EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS Full-time, 12-month, tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. Minimum salary is $32,000; appointment beyond minimum commensurate with education/experience as it relates to the position. APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINE Submit a letter of application which addresses qualifications and interest in the position, current resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references by July 17, 1998 to: Melissa Maloney 121 The Valley Library Oregon State University Corvallis, OR 97331-4501 Phone: 541/737-4632; FAX: 541-737-3453 Oregon State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a policy of being responsive to the needs of dual-career couples.