The Binghamton University Libraries Cataloging/Metadata Services supports the Binghamton University Community by providing bibliographic access and control through both metadata and traditional cataloging. Cataloging/Metadata Services is closely integrated with all other departments within the Libraries and utilizes a flexible workflow approach. The incumbent provides leadership to the team providing original, adjusted and copy cataloging and bibliographic control for a wide range of print and non-print materials in various formats as well as metadata for our digital projects.
As the State of New York migrates to a new Library Management System it is critical that the incumbent be able to work collaboratively with other SUNY libraries on cataloging issues that may arise within a shared bibliographic database.
A strong commitment to service and user access to information is essential. The position reports to the Director of Technical Services with the Dean of University Libraries as second-line supervisor. Librarians at Binghamton University are members of the tenure track faculty and are expected to contribute significantly to the profession.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Working with the Director of Technical Services, takes a leadership role in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of cataloging operations and workflows to expedite the efficient processing of library materials. Stays current with changes to cataloging standards and rules. Writes and maintains documentation relevant to cataloging, both traditional and metadata.
Hires, trains and evaluates the work of original catalogers, adjusted catalogers and staff handling copy cataloging. Answers questions concerning cataloging, both bibliographic and authority based, and resolves complex cataloging problems including those associated with books, serials and non-print formats.
Supervises the cataloging staff consisting of faculty librarians, professional and clerical staff. Creates job descriptions, performance programs and timely evaluations as appropriate.
Performs original and complex cataloging for materials in a variety of languages and in all formats, conforming to national and local standards and practices such as MARC, RDA, LCSH, and LC classification and other standards as the catalog and discovery systems develop.
Monitors the libraries' management system's (Alma) network zone, trains staff on database maintenance techniques to ensure accurate information and database integrity of Binghamton's bibliographic resources.
Performs associated name, series, and subject authority control work as necessary to maintain database integrity. Participates in the Name Authority Cooperative Program (NACO).
Participates in the planning, implementation and monitoring of digital projects. Creates metadata templates for digitized/digital collections using standardized metadata schemas. Works with subject experts, cataloging staff and/or students to create records for digitized/digital materials
Collaborates with staff and department heads across the Libraries to implement cross-functional initiatives.
Participates in professional activities, scholarship and committee assignments within the Libraries, on campus, and in professional associations at a level to meet faculty criteria for promotion and tenure. Maintains a current knowledge of national and international developments and trends in cataloging, classification and subject analysis, metadata, bibliographic and authority control, and automation of cataloging functions.
In order to accomplish the responsibilities for this position the successful candidate must have the following, though not limited to, competencies:
The ability to develop workable implementation plans,
to set and achieve goals,
to treat people with respect,
to have sound and accurate judgment,
to be able to maintain confidentiality,
have the willingness to make decisions,
have the ability to approach others in a tactful manner,
to take responsibility for one's own actions,
have the ability to inspire the trust of others,
to react well under pressure,
to accept and communicate changes effectively, and
to be self-motivated
To accomplish daily routines, the applicant should be able to lift and carry loads of books (10-20 lbs.), push heavy book trucks, bend and stretch to reach high and low shelves, and be able to spend periods of time at a computer.
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Graduate degree in library science from an ALA accredited institution (must have completed degree by start date).
At least three years of significant experience in cataloging and metadata services.
Supervisory and training experience.
Experience with cataloging practices including knowledge of RDA, Library of Congress subject heading practice, and MARC21.
Experience with at least one non-MARC metadata schema.
Ability to work individually as well as in groups;
Effective oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate clearly with others.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external parties and diverse constituencies, including other staff and cross-department/division teams.
Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing environments and priorities.
Strong computer skills;
Knowledge of current trends in cataloging and the willingness to work with new concepts and technologies
Working knowledge of one or more non-English languages.
Demonstrated ability to work with detail to ensure accuracy.
Candidates should show evidence of professional growth, service activities and contributions to the library profession to meet faculty criteria for promotion and tenure.
Advanced degree, certificate or graduate coursework;
Experience with institutional repositories;
Advanced knowledge of metadata schemas, Dublin Core preferred; an understanding of how metadata can be reused between systems for better efficiency.
Experience with project planning especially one which required departmental transformational change,
Experience with OCLC and/or ExLibris;
Proficiency in a non-English language.
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