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Position Announcement: Serials Cataloger, Mississippi State Univ. June Chressanthis 17 Aug 1998 17:53 UTC

Serials Cataloger (New Position), Mitchell Memorial Library,
Mississippi State University

RESPONSIBILITIES: Original and copy cataloging of serials
representing all levels of difficulty, all subjects and languages,
and all formats according to AACR2R, LCRI's, LCSH, LC classification,
and USMARC formats.  Reports to the Coordinator of Cataloging.
Perform authority work on names and series in accordance with local
and national standards.  Problem solving arising from obsolete or
incorrect information appearing in bibliographic and holdings
records.  Provide input for establishing serial cataloging policies
and procedures. Assist serial unit paraprofessional staff in problem
solving. Participate and lead in special projects as needed.  Meet
library and university requirements for promotion and tenure in the
areas of librarianship, research and service.  Work with one or more
academic units on campus in the capacity of subject bibliographer.
Serve as a Cataloging Department resource on serial cataloging
related issues. Keep current on revisions to cataloging rules and
trends in cataloging practices.  Bring revisions to the attention of
the Coordinator of Cataloging and assist in the implementation of the
changes in the department.  Evaluate the potential use of new
services and technologies as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS: REQUIRED: MLS from an ALA-accredited program.
Cataloging course work beyond the core or introductory level.
Knowledge of and ability to apply AACR2R, LCRI's, LC classification,
LCSH, and authority control practices.  Demonstrated knowledge of
current issues and trends in bibliographic access, especially those
related to seriality.  Significant experience with an automated
library system and a bibliographic utility.  High level of familiarity
with computers and Windows NT.  Must have strong analytical and
organizational skills as well as effective oral, written, collegial,
interpersonal and communication skills.  Must be able to set and
adjust priorities and workflow in a dynamic and changing environment
and accept new challenges in order to realize department and library
goals.  Must demonstrate the ability to work independently as well as
part of a team emphasizing a good balance between quality and
productivity.  Continuing commitment to professional development and
growth.  PREFERRED: Familiarity with DRA and OCLC.  Knowledge of
serials cataloging (print and electronic).  Familiarity with USMARC
format for holdings.  Reading knowledge of at least one foreign

Available immediately.

ENVIRONMENT: The Technical Services Department is lead by a division
head and consists of monographic and serials cataloging and
monographic and serials acquisitions.  The Cataloging Department is
committed to creating timely, accurate and full bibliographic access
to library-provided resources.  This position works closely with the
Coordinator of Cataloging and with the other members of the serials
cataloging unit.  The serials cataloging unit is composed of one
additional professional and two paraprofessionals.  This is a new
position and additional growth in the Cataloging Department is
expected in the near future.  The library has over 6,000 active
subscriptions.  Mississippi State University is a land grant
institution and the largest state supported university in Mississippi.
 The university is located in Starkville, Mississippi.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: $27,000 for 12-month tenure track
entry-level appointment.  Vacation days and sick leave.  State
retirement system. Tuition exemption.

APPLICATION: Send application letter with resume and names, phone
numbers, addresses and email addresses of three current professional
references to:  Mrs. Debra Fairbrother, Mississippi State University
Library, P.O. Box 5408, Mississippi State, MS  39762

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Mississippi State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative
action employer and educational institution.

June D. Chressanthis
Coordinator of Cataloging
P.O. Box 2365
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS 39762
601-325-0548    fax: 601-325-2895