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Position Announcement: Oregon State Univ., Serials Cataloging Melissa Maloney 30 Jun 1998 22:39 UTC

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Position Announcement

Serials Catalog Librarian
The Valley Library/Information Services
Oregon State University


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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