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Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Library (UL) is seeking a Resource Description Coordinator who reports to the Head of Resource Acquisition & Description Team. The Resource Description Coordinator manages the distribution of cataloging and metadata work among Resource Acquisition & Description Associates and functions as the point of contact for cataloging questions from University Library employees and for Indiana University Bloomington regarding cataloging issues and policies. They perform original cataloging, serials cataloging, and other cataloging and metadata duties as assigned.
The successful candidate will acquire print and digital resources and provide complete, accurate, timely, and cost-effective bibliographic access to all library holdings, be they traditional or nontraditional. The Resource Description Coordinator has overall responsibility for supervision of 2-3 full-time employees, with primary responsibility for description and coordination of description workflows for cataloging and digital collections metadata, including distribution of digital collections metadata creation across departments. Serving as the primary point of contact for library staff for any issues, questions, or guidance regarding cataloging and digital collections metadata, the Resource Description Coordinator makes decisions regarding appropriate cataloging and digital collections metadata practice, setting and documenting procedures. They also develop and/or coordinate necessary description training for Resource Acquisition & Description Associates and others engaged in metadata creation.
The Resource Description Coordinator collaborates with others in the Library to establish appropriate approaches (both manual and automated) for the creation of digital collections metadata for individual projects and ensures the quality of cataloging and digital collections metadata both retrospectively and prospectively, in compliance with local, consortial, and national standards. In addition to creating original bibliographical data and enhancing existing bibliographic records for items acquired by University Library, they provide ongoing maintenance to assure accurate machine-readable bibliographic, call, and copy records for serial items acquired by the Library. In the area of digital collections, the Resource Description Coordinator ensures harmonization of digital collections metadata standards across collections to facilitate interoperability and optimize discoverability in both internal and external discovery environments. They may also investigate and implement improvements to digital collections metadata procedures and workflows.
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree and three years of technical services/cataloging experience.
Combinations of education and related experience will be considered.
Prior supervisory or training experience. Familiarity with bibliographic record formats and standards, including MARC, Resource Description and Access (RDA), Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2r), Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), and Library of Congress classification (LCC). Experience with metadata schema and their application, including the ability to effectively apply metadata in traditional and digital library environments, and controlled vocabularies. Ability to learn and utilize current and emerging metadata schema, such as MODS, METS, EAD, and TEI. Familiarity with library software, integrated library systems, and digital collection platforms (e.g. OCLC Connexion, SirsiDynix Symphony WorkFlows, and OCLC CONTENTdm). Familiarity with web-based cataloging tools, such as Classification Web and Cataloger's Desktop. Proficiency in complex copy cataloging for a variety of formats using the RDA cataloging standard. Familiarity with serials cataloging. Ability to independently comprehend and apply national and local cataloging standards. Ability to independently prioritize and adapt to production schedules, meet deadlines, and achieve goals. Ability to work creatively and independently and as a team member. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Excellent problem-solving, organization, and time management skills. Detail-oriented.Strong user-centered service orientation.
MLS or prior relevant Library Science coursework. Familiarity with authority control and Library of Congress Name Authority File (LCNAF) record creation. Proficiency in original cataloging for a variety of formats using the RDA cataloging standard. Project management experience. Proficiency in a foreign language is preferred, but not required.
Salary Plan: CL
Salary Grade: 08
Job Function: General Admin
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