Position Announcement: Catalog/Electronic Access Librarian, PA Georgia R. Smith 01 Dec 1998 23:08 UTC

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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

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
yocum@bucknell.edu.  Bucknell University encourages applications from
women and members of minority groups (EEO/AA).