Here here for "building bridges", the problems are too big without 
diverse talents and perspectives.

At VCU our faculty postings consistently ask for ALA-accredited graduate 
degree or accredited graduate degree in another appropriate discipline. 
This includes our current systems librarian posting [1].

As head of our systems department I do think hard about the composition 
of the department in terms of faculty and staff. For staff I think more 
in terms of IT passion whereas for faculty the expectation/requirement 
is more than just IT passion but also includes the library professional 
vision/passion thing. I do think that non-MLS holders can bring that (at 
least I hope I do as a non-MLS library faculty member).

There are also IT staff who demonstrate this as well and contribute at a 
professional level regardless of holding even a bachelor's degree. I do 
think it is appropriate that we demand a graduate degree for faculty 
appointments, both for what we need internally and to be in concert with 
the institution at large.

All that said, in previous searches we have not been inundated with 
non-MLS candidates, even when advertising outside the library networks. 
Part of this may be the type of salary someone with a graduate degree in 
other disciplines expects, some it may be that our professional job 
descriptions expect some library experience or sensitivity.

Ironically, I have just started reading The social transformation of 
American medicine so the notion of professions is very much on my mind 
[2]. Also recommended is Donald Schon's Educating the reflective 
practitioner where there is an interesting argument for artistry in 
professionalism [3].




Jimmy Ghaphery
Head, Library Information Systems
VCU Libraries

On 2/8/2012 9:06 AM, Michael Hopwood wrote:
> If anyone's interested in a view from across the pond, I'm a qualified librarian with an MLIS-equivalent from the UK... I feel there's a significant grey area between "library" and "IT", which partly originates in the failures of both professional areas to address some of the areas of overlap, or basically to keep up with the times.
> Having studied physics at university and learned basically how to build computers from the ground up, as well as program them and use them in "real-world" contexts, and then made the jump into the "softer" world of information/library management, with its concepts of "information literacy" and more or less organically-developed classification structures, and now working in the commercial world on (meta)data and identifier standards interoperability, I've found that there are plenty of these dichotomies in the working world too (although in commercial data you can find a surprising level of coherence and universality that was a bit of a utopian dream back on Library World).
> The sooner we build bridges of understanding, standards and systems across these divides, the better.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Carol Bean
> Sent: 08 February 2012 13:52
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Job: Head, Digital Projects&  Metadata, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University
> Sometimes it is politically complex.  Here, in the Federal Courts, there are good reasons for distinguishing between library and IT, and the library degree keeps the job in the realm of the library (when it comes to turf wars), which is a good thing.
> The position I am about to leave will (hopefully) be posted soon.  I wrote up the job requirements, requiring a library degree, specifically distinguishing it from the type of work typically done by IT, although part of the job will be doing some IT help-desk type work. Having worked intimately with IT the last six months, I am convinced they just don't get it the way library people do, and the only way to ensure the position gets filled by a library-type person, in this situation, is to require the degree.
> Carol
> On Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM, Hugh Cayless<[log in to unmask]>  wrote:
>> I can't speak for Yale, of course, but when I worked for UNC, there
>> were requirements in place set by General Administration that
>> "Librarians" had to have library degrees, and they were very picky
>> about it. It's unnecessarily exclusionary for most tech-in-libraries
>> positions in my opinion. Institutional cultures are slow to recognize
>> the need for change-and the Library itself may not be responsible for the requirement.
>> H
>> On Feb 7, 2012, at 4:27PM, Ethan Gruber wrote:
>>> Why are MLS degrees always required for these sorts of jobs?
>>> Ethan
>>> On Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 4:21 PM,<[log in to unmask]>  wrote:
>>>> Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and
>> growth in
>>>> New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New
>> York,
>>>> New
>>>> Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural
>>>> resources
>> that
>>>> include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory
>>>> theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools
>>>> of
>> Architecture,
>>>> Art, Drama, and Music.
>>>> **The University and the Library**
>>>> The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research
>>>> libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to
>>>> and services for
>> a
>>>> rich
>>>> and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters
>> intellectual
>>>> growth and is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research
>>>> missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A
>>>> distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including
>>>> more than 12.5 million volumes and information in all media,
>>>> ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic
>>>> databases. The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives
>>>> designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly
>>>> information. Housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and twenty
>>>> school
>> and
>>>> departmental libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and
>>>> innovative staff of over 500who have the opportunity to work with
>>>> the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on
>>>> committees, and are involved in other
>> areas of
>>>> staff development. For additional information on the Yale
>>>> University Library, please visit the Library's web site
>>>> at[http://www.library.y](
>>>> **Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library** The Beinecke Library
>>>> is Yale's principal repository for literary papers
>> and
>>>> early manuscripts and rare books. In addition to distinguished
>>>> general collections, the library houses the Osborn Collection,
>>>> noted for its British and literary and historical manuscripts, and
>>>> outstanding special collections devoted to American literature,
>>>> German literature, and Western
>> Americana.
>>>> The
>>>> Beinecke's collections include materials ranging from medieval
>> manuscripts
>>>> to
>>>> born-digital electronic records, audio and video. The Beinecke has
>>>> undertaken an ambitious digitization program and offers online
>>>> access to over
>> 150,000
>>>> images through its Digital Images Online database, as well as
>>>> access to streaming audio and video, and to a host of online
>>>> exhibitions and
>> digital
>>>> projects involving blogs, podcasts, and social-tagging. The
>>>> Beinecke is currently engaged in bringing intentionality to the
>>>> development of the Library's digital resources and projects, and to
>>>> providing responsive
>> and
>>>> effective services to online users of the Beinecke's materials as
>>>> well
>> as
>>>> thoughtful integration with other digital efforts at Yale. For
>> additional
>>>> information about the Beinecke Library, visit[
>>>> ecke/.](
>>>> **General Purpose**
>>>> Under the general direction of the Head of Technical Services and
>> working
>>>> in
>>>> close collaboration with the Head of Technology and Digital Assets,
>>>> the Digital Imaging Studio Production Manager, and units across the
>>>> Beinecke Library, the Head of Digital Projects&  Metadata plays a
>>>> leading role in creating, describing, and delivering digitized
>>>> resources and in
>> exploring,
>>>> proposing, and developing innovative tools and services that
>>>> improve the ability of scholars, students, and educators to make
>>>> use of existing and emerging digital resources.
>>>> **Responsibilities**
>>>> The Head of Digital Projects&  Metadata is responsible for the
>> day-to-day
>>>> management of a variety of digital projects and is responsible for
>>>> overseeing and creating metadata across a wide range of materials
>>>> including manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, art objects, maps,
>>>> prints and drawings, books,
>> and
>>>> other printed material. The Head of Digital Projects&  Metadata
>>>> provides leadership and technical expertise in the investigation
>>>> and application
>> of
>>>> new
>>>> metadata standards; defines input standards; devises quality
>>>> control routines; proposes local policies and procedures; maintains
>>>> and enhances current metadata infrastructure and practices;
>>>> prepares and evaluates material
>> for
>>>> digital capture; participates in managing the workflow of the
>>>> Digital Studio and coordinates and supervises metadata creation by
>>>> staff, student assistants, and interns; hires and supervises
>>>> Digital Projects&  Metadata staff; provides guidance, training,
>>>> skill development, and performance evaluation; participates in the
>>>> formulation of policies and procedures for the Technical Services
>>>> Department. The Head of Digital Projects&  Metadata is a
>> liaison
>>>> to
>>>> the Technology and Digital Assets Department and works
>>>> collaboratively
>> with
>>>> other Library staff to develop and employ improved interfaces and
>> delivery
>>>> tools. The Head of Digital Projects&  Metadata represents the
>>>> Beinecke
>> in
>>>> Yale
>>>> University Library-wide and nationally, in discussions and
>>>> committees pertaining to metadata, cataloging standards, and
>>>> digital initiatives
>> for
>>>> digital library development at Yale, and is active professionally.
>>>> May
>> be
>>>> required to assist with disaster recovery efforts. May be assigned
>>>> to
>> work
>>>> on
>>>> West Campus.
>>>> **Qualifications**
>>>> MLS from an ALA-accredited library science program. Cataloging
>> experience
>>>> in a
>>>> research or academic library setting, preferably with special
>> collections
>>>> materials. Demonstrated familiarity with the basic principles and
>> standards
>>>> for descriptive cataloging of rare printed materials, archival and
>>>> manuscript material, or visual materials. Knowledge of established
>>>> and emerging metadata schemes (Dublin Core, EAD, EAC-CPF,MODS,
>>>> MARC, VRA Core, CDWA), content standards (AACR2, DCRM, DACS, CCO),
>>>> and thesauri (LCSH, NAF, AAT, TGM).
>>>> Bibliographic knowledge of at least one modern Western European
>> language.
>>>> Excellent technical aptitude with computer applications such as MS
>>>> Excel and MS Access. Experience with library management systems
>>>> such as Voyager.
>>>> Experience with digital reformatting projects; experience with
>>>> project management tools and techniques; demonstrated ability to
>>>> use databases
>> and
>>>> develop functional requirements for them; knowledge of the
>>>> principles, standards, and technological framework of digital
>>>> preservation; strong commitment to enhancing service through
>>>> teamwork and responsiveness to clients and project partners, both
>>>> internal and external. Ability to excel in a rapidly changing
>>>> environment. Demonstrated ability to work
>> collaboratively
>>>> across units, organize and coordinate work, handle multiple
>>>> projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and be an effective
>>>> contributor to a production-oriented, project environment.
>>>> Excellent written and oral communication skills. Supervisory
>>>> experience required. One year of professional experience required.
>>>> For appointment to the rank of
>> Librarian
>>>> II
>>>> requires two years of professional experience and professional
>>>> accomplishments. For appointment to the rank of Librarian III
>>>> requires
>> five
>>>> years of professional experience and professional accomplishments.
>>>> **Salary and Benefits**
>>>> We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and
>>>> excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's
>>>> great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for
>>>> meaningful accomplishment
>> and
>>>> true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with
>>>> a
>> wide
>>>> variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic
>>>> family
>> and
>>>> educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive
>>>> recreational facilities, and much more.
>>>> Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names
>>>> and contact information of three professional references should be
>>>> sent by creating
>> an
>>>> account and applying onlineatfor immediate consideration - the
>>>> STARS req ID for this position is 15467BR. Please be sure to
>>>> reference # 15467BR in your cover letter.
>>>> Background Check Requirements
>>>> All external candidates for employment will be subject to
>>>> pre-employment background screening for this position, which may
>>>> include motor vehicle
>> and
>>>> credit checks based on the position description and job requirements.
>>>> Internal
>>>> candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for
>>>> this position based on the position description and job
>>>> requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of
>>>> the required background check.
>>>> Please visitfor additional information on the background check
>>>> requirements and process.
>>>> Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
>> Yale
>>>> values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly
>>>> encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented
>>>> minority groups.
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Jimmy Ghaphery
Head, Library Information Systems
VCU Libraries