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Vacancy announcement - JSTOR, Ann Arbor, MI (fwd) Marcia Tuttle 05 Aug 1999 13:42 UTC

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Date: Thu, 5 Aug 1999 09:41:31 -0400
From: John E Kiplinger <jkip@ENGIN.UMICH.EDU>
Subject: Vacancy announcement - JSTOR, Ann Arbor, MI

Currently, this posting is only being sent to SERIALST.  Please feel free
to forward it to any individual, library school and/or listserv that might
be interested in this position. Thank you.

JSTOR Production Librarian
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

JSTOR, an independent not-for-profit organization located in New York, NY,
is a large-scale undertaking to convert and maintain digital versions of
the backfiles of journals and develop access tools which allow both full
text searching and indexed components within each issue.  The University
of Michigan is one of two host sites for the project.  Local staff have
responsibilities for preparing journal volumes for scanning (by an
external vendor), developing indexing standards, maintaining and enhancing
the search software/system, managing a quality control process for the
digital content, and providing user support services to institutional
sites.  To date, JSTOR has converted over 4 million pages from over 100
journal titles, and over 500 academic libraries worldwide have signed on
as institutional participants.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Indexing Guidelines:
Analyze large quantities of serial issues in order to assess and
understand the intellectual structure of the serial publication and its
degree of conformity with existing JSTOR specifications.  Communicate
results of analysis in the form of written indexing guidelines to JSTOR
and external vendor staff.  Respond to questions from scanning and
indexing vendor regarding the implementation of these guidelines.  Review
sample files prepared by the vendor and communicate with the vendor
regarding errors providing corrective instruction as needed. Work with
other Production Librarians and Production Manager to track and analyze
vendor indexing error patterns and propose remedial solutions.  Review
existing JSTOR indexing documentation and revise as necessary to support
the appearance of new serial publication features.   Meet established
production deadlines and volume requirements.

Research Publication History and Acquire a Complete Journal Run:
Using bibliographic resources and the printed issues, research and analyze
the publication history of scholarly serial publications, documenting
title, publisher, frequency changes, special and supplementary issues,
related titles, etc.  Acquire from the publisher the complete journal back
run, and where issues are out of print or not held by the publisher, work
with Production staff to locate alternate sources.

Draft Catalog Records:
Draft cataloging records for serial publications in accordance with
established JSTOR and AACR2 practice.  Work with User Services Librarians
and other Production Librarians to resolve questions from the library
community regarding catalog record contents.

Misc Activities:
Create HTML documents to describe each journal and publisher represented
in the JSTOR database.  Use Unix-based editor to create and update journal
descriptive files required by JSTOR programming code.  Update relevant
tracking databases.

Required Qualifications
1. Masters in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited
2. Minimum of 1-2 years experience (professional or pre-professional) in a
library or other large information environment with detailed,
time-sensitive processes.
3. Demonstrated experience with client/server information systems and
authoring HTML documents and demonstrated facility with computer tools.
4. Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
5. Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work both
independently and as part of a team, and with a high level of attention to

Desired Qualifications
1. Knowledge of serials.
2. Experience with AACRII cataloging procedures.
3. Experience using database software.
4. Experience working in a UNIX environment.

Salary, Benefits, and Rank
$31,000 minimum.  24 days vacation per year, comprehensive health
insurance, TIAA/CREF.  The incumbent will have the rank of Assistant
Librarian.  Librarians at the University of Michigan are non-tenured
faculty members.

To Apply
Please send resume, cover letter and contact information for at least
three references to: John Kiplinger, JSTOR Senior Production Librarian,
301 E. Liberty, Suite 310, Ann Arbor, MI  48104-2262.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until
position is filled.

This announcement also appears on the JSTOR website at:

and on the University of Michigan job listings website at: