Position Announcement: Catalog/Electronic Access Librarian, PA Georgia R. Smith 01 Dec 1998 23:08 UTC
I am forwarding this for my Assciate Director. Please excuse any duplications from other listservs. Catalog/Electronic access librarian Information Services and Resources at Bucknell University seeks a dynamic, innovative, service-oriented librarian to join our organization as our "cataloger of the future." Responsibilities include enhancement of access to information resources in all formats, including books, videos, audio and multimedia CD's, and Internet resources; keeping abreast of emerging trends in digital libraries; some original cataloging; implementation of new technologies to support cataloging functions; maintaining relationships with processing vendors; and serving as a resource person to other librarians and staff in matters relating to cataloging, database maintenance, and methods of access to electronic resources. This position also participates in collection development in selected subject areas and in liaison with faculty, and may participate in other public service functions. Cataloging of approximately 13,000 items per year is performed by three support staff using the DRA library system and OCLC. Staff make extensive use of automation to catalog materials efficiently and promptly. Cataloging for approval books, about 40% of the total, is provided by BNA. Records for government documents are received through OCLC's Govdocs service. Authority control is ongoing. The library uses LC classification and subject headings. The Catalog/Electronic access librarian will keep up-to-date with current cataloging practices in order to act as a resource person to cataloging and other staff, to perform high-quality original cataloging, and evaluate the quality of services provided by vendors. An increasingly important component of this position will be to investigate emerging methods of providing access to electronic resources, including both those available commercially and created at Bucknell. Ongoing projects the library has already been engaged in include making links to electronic resources from the online catalog and cataloging Internet resources. This position will additionally be responsible for special projects; for example, the library is currently making its manuscript registers available on the Web, and implementing EAD would improve their accessibility. Metadata would likewise enhance access to the collection of Civil War manuscripts the library has received a grant to digitize and put on the Web. Environment: The Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library and Bucknell University Computing and Communications Services were combined in August 1997 to form Information Services and Resources (ISR) under the leadership of the Associate Vice President for Information Services and Resources. ISR has focused on strengthening natural areas of collaboration between the two units in order to create an information rich environment for its user community, rather than on organizational restructuring. It has a strong service orientation and is highly regarded by its users. It is an excellent environment for someone who enjoys exploring new ideas, working with colleagues with a variety of backgrounds, and taking initiative. ISR is committed to supporting the professional development of its approximately 96 staff members. The Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library is a modern facility containing over 600,000 volumes. It subscribes to 2300 periodicals and provides access to numerous electronic resources. Plans are underway to transform the first floor into an information commons offering integrated access to services provided by all components of ISR. The library has traditionally received excellent support and, as a component of Information Services and Resources, is considered a strategic area in the university's five-year financial plan. Bucknell is a highly selective, predominantly undergraduate residential university with strong liberal arts and professional programs, including engineering, management, and education. There are approximately 3,400 undergraduate and 200 master's students enrolled. The campus is in a beautiful rural setting adjacent to the Susquehanna River. With a population of 20,000, Lewisburg has been rated as one of the ten best small towns in America. Harrisburg is 55 miles south, State College (home of Penn State University) is 60 miles west, and Washington, Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh are approximately 200 miles away. The university supports an active program of cultural events and opportunities for recreation. Requirements: ALA MLS or foreign equivalent, demonstrated knowledge of and interest in trends in access to digital information, minimum of 1 year post-MLS cataloging experience, knowledge of MARC and AACR2, experience cataloging with a bibliographic utility and an integrated library system, facility with computers, the ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others, flexibility, the capacity to learn quickly and constantly, and the ability to work effectively in a changing organization. Knowledge of one or more foreign languages would be a plus, as would a familiarity with metadata and EAD. Salary: commensurate with qualifications and experience; minimum $35,000. Benefits include 22 days paid vacation; TIAA/CREF; choice of health plans; tuition benefits. Application specifics: For maximum consideration, submit letter, resume, and names of three references by January 8, 1999 to: Ray E. Metz, Associate Vice President for Information Services and Resources, Bertrand Library, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837 or via e-mail to email@example.com. Bucknell University encourages applications from women and members of minority groups (EEO/AA).