The Ohio State University Libraries is a cultural, social and intellectual
crossroads for cultivating intellectual inquiry, promoting academic discourse
and fostering lifelong learning. To connect our electronic
resource collections to our vibrant user community, we are seeking a
collaborative and service-oriented Electronic Resources Metadata and Discovery
Librarian with strategic vision to manage and lead our Electronic Resources
Cataloging Program. The program promotes the discovery of electronic resource
collections to contribute to our mission of promoting learning, discovery and
the advancement of knowledge at OSU and beyond. The position reports to the
Head of Cataloging and has the support of three full time staff. The
Electronic Resources Metadata Discovery Librarian will work in a highly
collaborative organization to create and implement innovative approaches that
provide support for the bibliographic control and metadata related to
electronic resources of all types, with a focus on e-books and databases. The
selected candidate will work as a member of the Electronic Resources
Cataloging Team and will share responsibility for establishing and maintaining
access to the Libraries' extensive electronic resource collection.
Develops and streamlines procedures and workflows for original and complex
copy cataloging of electronic resources, including online journals, electronic
books, databases, and integrating websites, representing varying levels of
difficulty, subjects, languages and formats.
Identifies, evaluates and stays current with emerging trends, practices and
standards in cataloging, metadata, electronic resources, discovery, and user
behavior that have potential for enhancing access to electronic resources
and/or library services for users. Shares knowledge, as
needed, with appropriate staff and colleagues.
Develops and maintains collegial relationships with key library departments;
particularly Acquisitions and Information Technology to develop strategies
relating to electronic content cataloging and user discovery as well as
exploring emerging issues related to the role of the online catalog and other
discovery services and platforms in providing the user community with seamless
access to electronic resources.
Evaluates the potential use of new and emerging services and technologies to
enhance the efficiency and quality of cataloging procedures and workflows for
Participate in the NACO, SACO, and BIBCO components of the Program for
Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) according to established guidelines.
Solves problems arising from obsolete or incorrect information appearing in
bibliographic and holdings records.
Designs and implements record loads.
Leads special projects as needed.
Serves on Library committees, task forces, and working groups that address
long-term challenges and opportunities as well as shorter-term operational
issues for the libraries.
Supervises and trains staff and student assistants.
Leads OSUL participation in the OhioLINK Database Management Standards
Committee and other OhioLINK groups as appropriate and represents OSU
Libraries in initiatives with CIC partners and the OCLC Research Libraries
Conducts appropriate research and publishes in appropriate venues in order to
meet the Libraries' and the University's requirements for tenure and
promotion; presents at appropriate professional conferences to meet same
MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent advanced degree in
library or information science.
Minimum of three years related professional experience in cataloging and
managing electronic formats in an academic setting with direct work experience
in cataloging and authority standards, including some or all of the following:
RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LC classification, MARC formats, and standard authorities'
Positive customer orientation and strong interpersonal skills, with
demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively with
Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills with proven
success in independently prioritizing work and managing competing deadlines.
Demonstrated awareness of national trends and developments in cataloging,
metadata, electronic resources, discovery, and user behavior.
Experience using Innovative Interface system (III).
Reading knowledge of at least one language in addition to English and facility
in working with a variety of languages.
Nominations or applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Preference will be given to applications received by May 31, 2013. Please send
letter of interest with a current resume and name, address, phone, and email
address of three references to Greg Newman at [log in to unmask] Please
include Electronic Resources Metadata Discovery Librarian Application in the
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