The University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library | Geschke Learning Resource Center seeks an engaged, innovative and enthusiastic individual for Head of Metadata & Collection Management. As a member of the library leadership team, this individual will advance the library’s efforts to transform and improve the management and discovery of our collections. The position oversees the functions of acquisitions, periodicals, cataloging and metadata, with a focus on demonstrating the impact of library collections and meeting the needs of our diverse students and faculty. The library has a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and seeks candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community.
Full Job Description:
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Collection Services, the Head of Metadata & Collection Management leads a team of 6.0 FTE staff and librarians in acquisitions and cataloging functions ensuring that library information resources are rapidly and accurately ordered, received, processed, and described in the library’s catalog and discovery interfaces. This position will also work closely with library liaisons in their collection development activities.
In conjunction with the Associate Dean for Collection Services, the incumbent develops policies and provides leadership for collection management activities including selection, deselection, and assessment of resources in all formats and subjects of the general library collection; monitors acquisitions expenditures; reviews collections data to determine how well our collections represent diverse cultures and perspectives and serve the needs of diverse campus communities and constituents in alignment with our Collection Development Diversity Statement and other strategic initiatives.
Additional duties include: reviewing and evaluating workflows and work assignments with an eye toward increasing efficiencies and better supporting students and faculty; developing, coordinating, and implementing bibliographic control policy and practices across the ILS (III Sierra), Discovery (EBSCO EDS), and digital repository systems (ContentDM and Digital Commons); hiring and training staff and librarians; collecting and analyzing data and statistics related to the collection; performing original and copy cataloging; participating in local and national professional organizations; service to the USF community; and other duties as assigned. Evening and weekend hours may be required. Librarians are part of the USF Faculty Association (USFFA), an AFT collective bargaining unit. Appointment is at the Associate Librarian level.
Requirements ALA accredited MLIS or MLS degree; demonstrated acquisitions, cataloging, and/or metadata creation/management operations experience; ability to analyze workflows and implement service improvements in light of local and national library trends; outstanding interpersonal, written and oral communications skills; experience using spreadsheets and other data analysis tools; evidence of successful and creative supervision of staff and operations, including demonstrated potential for leading transformational change; strong commitment to equity and inclusion and the ability to work effectively and collegially with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds; ability to work within a collaborative environment with diverse groups and to inspire and motivate.
Preferred Experience: Five or more years related experience in acquisitions, cataloging, and/or inclusive collection development and management within an academic library setting. Experience with creating collection development and management policies and strategies. Experience working with library vendors and negotiating license agreements. Knowledge of current, evolving, and innovative models of collection development & assessment. Ability to perform data analysis and use data to make evidence-based decisions. Working knowledge of national cataloging protocols and current cataloging best practices; knowledge of other metadata standards (Dublin Core, MODS) and tools to transform and/or crosswalk metadata. Demonstrated experience or interest in working with diverse groups, cultural humility and ability to support the advancement of DEI initiatives.
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