Chair, Cataloging and Discovery Services
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Posting Details

Posting Number: 0800488

Job Title: Digital Collections Curator (Staff Assistant,

Application Deadline: 08-30-2015

Department: Library

Full-Time or Part-Time: Full-Time

Part-time %:

Salary: 50000 to 53000 (salary commensurate with experience and


Purchase College Library seeks an energetic and detail-oriented individual for
the full-time, temporary (two year) position of Digital Collections Curator.
The Digital Collections Curator manages Purchase College Library's locally
created digital materials, taking a lead role in the creation, maintenance,
and stewardship of digital collections, including the digitization of student
scholarship and creative products, campus publications, visual resources, and
special collections. Under the general supervision of the Art Librarian, the
Digital Collections Curator will work collaboratively to maintain current
discovery tools related to these initiatives and to investigate new tools.
Additionally, the Digital Collections Curator will work collaboratively to
select collections to be digitized; provide expertise in the acquisition of
born digital collections; assure adequate storage for the digital collections
and implementation of backup strategies; create and update documentation;
promote the digital collections program; and assist in evaluation of the
program. The successful candidate will establish priorities, manage projects,
create workflows and identify digital collection development opportunities as
informed by emerging trends and best practices in digital collection creation
and management.

Additional responsibilities to include: Act as Project Manager in the
development of a digitization program; establish institutional standards and
guidelines for creating, managing, preserving, describing, and delivering
digital collections; establish processes and procedures for the selection,
intake, long-term preservation of and access to the Library's digital content;
lead the ongoing assessment of digital resources and develop an engaged and
collaborative community for building digital collections and archives; manage
and coordinate the development, implementation, maintenance, and preservation
of future digital projects, associated databases, and born digital records;
establish digitization and metadata workflows for all digital resources in a
variety of formats; develop a digital repository for assets, participate in
collections development, assessments, and acquisition; develop processes for
accessioning and preserving digital material including, but not limited to,
historic photographs and documents, campus publications, student scholarship
and creative products, and special collection materials; determine digital
project staffing needs; hire, train, and supervise project interns, student
workers, and/or staff; assist with collaborative grant writing and
identification of additional funding sources for digital program initiatives


Required Qualifications:

Chair, Cataloging and Discovery Services

Job no: 492354

Work type: Faculty Full-Time

Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)

Categories: Library/Physical/Social Science

Department:55160100 - LB-CATALOG CHAIR

**Classification Title:**  

**Job Description:**  

The George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, seeks applications
and nominations for the position of Department Chair for Cataloging and
Discovery Services. The Department provides descriptions for and access to
materials and resources held at the University of Florida in all formats and
subjects, including unique and cultural heritage collections. The Department
actively supports the digital publishing and data curation programs of the
Smathers Libraries.

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Discovery and Access & Fackler Director,
Health Science Center Libraries, the Department Chair for Cataloging and
Discovery Services is a tenure track library position which provides
leadership, strategic vision and direction for the department by blending
traditional academic library practices with innovation to direct the
department's cataloging operations and workflow; manages the department's
resources; and coordinates the ongoing development of departmental staff
committed to continual improvement. The Chair works collaboratively with
departmental colleagues to achieve the department's goals, establish policies
and procedures to integrate and enhance discoverability of collections in all
material formats in accordance with library-wide priorities and support the
Smathers Libraries' commitment to cooperative cataloging programs. These
initiatives require wide consultation throughout the department and the
library and considerable delegation of responsibilities to staff project
groups. Additionally, this position is a key member of the Library's
management team, ensuring organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and
development of policies for library operations.

The faculty in the department are actively engaged in standards development at
the national and international level. The successful candidate will be a
forward thinking leader who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the
changing nature of librarianship, the format of library collections, and the
role of cataloging and metadata in extending discovery. The Cataloging and
Discovery Services Department is active in the national and international
cooperative cataloging initiatives of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging
(PCC) -- BIBCO, NACO, SACO, and CONSER. The expectation is that the strong
participation in these programs will serve to shape, transform, change and
redefine the purpose of cataloging and discovery both locally and nationally.

The Chair will include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races,
ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work activities to support all
students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society.
This position will pursue professional development opportunities, including
research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet
library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.


  * Leads cataloging and discovery services operations by setting well-articulated goals in congruence with the Libraries' strategic objectives; coordinates communications related to department activities; regularly measures outputs through monthly statistical reports; and routinely assesses needed resources.
  * Directs the work of the units comprising the department of 18 faculty and staff, including evaluating the department's operational effectiveness through periodic reports, annual performance evaluations, staff development, and mechanisms for continual feedback from all staff who work with Cataloging and Discovery Services.
  * Fosters a collaborative approach to achieving the department's goals, establishing policies and procedures to integrate and enhance discoverability of the collections in all material formats in accordance with library-wide priorities and supporting the Smathers Libraries' commitment to cooperative cataloging programs. These initiatives require wide consultation throughout the department and the library and considerable delegation of responsibilities to staff project groups.
  * Provides leadership in cataloging and metadata standards and services, promotes emerging digital information environments and metadata standards, leads the Department in system implementations, and works with other departments throughout the Libraries to ensure that Cataloging and Discovery Services is meeting demonstrated user needs.
  * Leads the department's involvement in digitization projects. Ensures that workflows and projects are designed to produce appropriate metadata schemes for proposed projects, creates and revises metadata for digital products, derives metadata from authorized bibliographic tools and sources, across a wide range of material (manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, maps, datasets, prints and drawings, rare books, and archival material) to support the library's digitization initiatives.
  * Coordinates agreements with representatives of the cooperative cataloging programs in which the Smathers Libraries participates, including assuming primary responsibility for assessing performance and representing the Smathers Libraries in negotiating terms and conditions of commitments.
  * Researches, analyzes and integrates cataloging trends in information management, which are necessary to inform the Libraries' budgeting process, with the Smathers Libraries' collection and access priorities.
  * Maintains active involvement in appropriate professional and subject related national, regional, and state organizations. Professional activity and leadership is expected in identifying and discussing cataloging issues with colleagues throughout the world.
  * Performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria.
Advertised Salary:

Actual salary will reflect selected professional's experience and
credentials,Minimum Salary at the Chair and Associate University Librarian
rank is $67,000(inclusive of administrative stipend).
Minimum Salary at the Chair and University Librarian rank is $74,500
(inclusive of administrative stipend)

Minimum Requirements:

  * ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent advanced degree in a relevant information field.
  * Appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank requires a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience; and appointment at the University Librarian rank requires 12 or more years of relevant experience at an advanced level.
  * Demonstrated leadership role in an academic or other research environment.
  * Strong management portfolio with experience leading change, supervising and collaborating in a complex, rapidly changing environment.
  * Expertise in national metadata content standards (e.g., RDA, AACR2, DACS, etc.), expertise in MARC and non-MARC encoding/structural standards (e.g. MODS, XML, EAD, etc.), or expertise in integration of emerging standards related to machine-readability.
  * Demonstrated knowledge of digitization practices related to cataloging.
  * Experience using metrics to assess effectiveness.
  * Evidence of fostering staff professional development and growth.
  * Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, administrators and the general public.
  * Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion (outlined at
Preferred Qualifications:

  * Familiarity with the linked data environment, including emerging library initiatives (e.g. BIBFRAME) and name identifier systems (e.g., ORCID, ISNI).
  * Working knowledge of a foreign language.
  * Experience contributing bibliographic and authority records using national Program for Cooperative Cataloging standards or other national or international programs for descriptive, structural, and administrative metadata.
  * Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.
  * Experience working in an environment advancing digital initiatives.
  * Record reflecting substantive scholarship and research.
Special Instructions to Applicants:


August 24, 2015 - review of applications will begin on June 17, 2015.

This position has been reposted. Previous applicants are still under
consideration and need not apply.

Please note the specific instructions for the submission of application
materials at: or in the APPLICATION
PROCESS section below. Failure to submit the required
documents will result in the application not being considered.

Application Process

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly
committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad
spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled
persons, are especially encouraged to apply. As part of the application
process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and
voluntary demographic self-disclosure form which can be found at: This information is collected by the
University of Florida's Office of Human Resources to track applicant trends
and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection

To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and
qualifications for this position; 2) a written statement discussing: The role
of the cataloger in addressing users expectation for a complete library
discovery experience (250 words); 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list
of three references including their contact information (address, telephone
number, and email). Apply by August 24, 2015 (applications will be reviewed
beginning June 17, 2015). Incomplete applications will not be considered. If
you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie
Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at [log in to unmask]

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