American University Library invites applications for a Manager of Resource


The Manager, Resource Description supervises the daily operations of the
Resource Description Unit. This position manages daily workflows and special
projects for the Unit, which encompasses copy and original cataloging of
newly-acquired library materials in all formats, including digital, multi-
media, and special collections material. The incumbent provides quality
control for processed materials utilizing various metadata standards; edits
and updates database records using batch process tools, such as MARCEdit; and
implements project management plans for new cataloging and metadata
initiatives identified by library administration and library collections
management. The Manager supervises the processing and maintenance of multiple
partner collections jointly managed with other University departments. This
position assumes responsibility for the routine operation of the unit in the
absence of the Resource Description Librarian.


Master of Library Science preferred with at least four years library
experience or in a related position that demonstrates the necessary skills and
abilities for the position including supervisory experience. Experience using
Online Computer Library Center and integrated library
systems. This position requires advanced, extensive
knowledge of technical rules and standards for library cataloging, including
national cataloging rules and standards, including MARC21 standards (Machine
Readable Cataloging) tagging, International Standard Bibliographic
Description, and structure and coding of both local and national cataloging
systems. Requires knowledge of Anglo-American Cataloging
Rules (AACR2), Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Library of
Congress Classification (LCC), Resource Description and Access (RDA), Program
for Cooperative Cataloging/Library of Congress Policy Statements, Dublin Core,
and other emerging metatdata standards as well as knowledge of bibliographic
record editing tools, including MARCEdit and global data change processes in
an integrated library system environment. Knowledge of report creation
techniques in an ILS environment. In addition, requires knowledge of at least
one foreign language and experience cataloging at least one non-print format
such as music, electronic resources, and/or media.

The incumbent must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills,
high level of accuracy, strong attention to detail, excellent analytical
thinking and problem solving skills, excellent organizational skills; and
demonstrate initiative and the ability to work independently and

Physical demands of the job include a great deal of sitting, typing, using a
computer mouse, standing, walking, and lifting and occasionally shifting books
or other media. Consequently, the incumbent must be able to
sit at a desk and/or computer for extended hours, read computer screens and
use computer keyboards. Close vision, distance vision, and
the ability to adjust focus and read from printed materials and computer
screens, generally switching from one to the other within short periods of
time are essential.

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