Monday, October 8, 2007

Prinicipal Serials Cataloger

The University of California, Irvine Libraries seeks an energetic and enthusiastic librarian for the position of Principal Serials Cataloger to provide leadership and expertise in the cataloging of serial publications. The incumbent will bring vision and creativity to building effective organization of, and public access to, the Libraries’ serials. The position requires substantial knowledge of serials in all formats including print and electronic, and the ability to research, assess, and implement technology to promote successful serials management.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of the Cataloging Department, the Principal Serials Cataloger coordinates and participates in the bibliographic control of serials and provides leadership within the Cataloging Department and throughout the Libraries for the formulation of policies and procedures related to public access to serial publications. Provides general oversight for the U.S.Federal Documents acquisitions, processing and cataloging. Performs original and complex copy cataloging for all types of serial publications in a variety of formats, languages and subjects, using MARC 21, AACR2, and the Library of Congress classification system and subject headings. Provides management, supervision, and evaluation of 4.0 FTE staff. Provides staff training and serves as a resource person regarding serials cataloging within the Cataloging Department and throughout the Libraries. Participates in University of California (UC) system-wide initiatives and projects related to serials through the California Digital Library and the UC Shared Cataloging Program. Works collaboratively with other Cataloging Department section leaders and participates in departmental management as a member of the Cataloging Policy Committee. Participates in library committees, task forces, and special projects, particularly those related to serials and documents cataloging. Monitors trends and maintains currency in emerging issues in bibliographic control of serials and documents.


· Graduate degree in library science from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent combination of education and experience
· Substantial experience in cataloging serials using the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Library of Congress classification and subject headings, MARC21 formats, CONSER Manual and CONSER Editing Guide
· Current awareness of national and international trends and developments in serials cataloging Experience with OCLC and integrated library systems, such as Innovative Interfaces Inc.
· Ability to effectively supervise, train, and motivate staff
· Ability to excel as a team leader in a dynamic, collaborative, technology-intensive environment
· Excellent analytical skills to resolve complex problems
· Ability to exercise creativity and initiative in a changing environment.
· Ability to work effectively in a large and diverse organization.
· Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
· Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion

· Experience working with government documents
· Experience with programs such as NACO, CONSER and BIBCO
· Training/teaching and documentation preparation experience
· Successful supervisory and/or management experience
· Working knowledge of foreign languages

The Cataloging Department

The Cataloging Department is responsible for cataloging approximately 40,000 items annually including monographs, serials, AV, music, computer files, electronic resources, and government publications for all subjects and languages. The Department participates in CONSER, NACO, and OCLC’s Enhance Program. Including the Department Head, the staff includes 7 librarians, 23 library assistants and a varying number of student assistants. The Department consists of five sections: Monograph Cataloging, Serials Cataloging, Catalog Maintenance, East Asian Cataloging and Electronic Resources. The Department uses OCLC for cataloging and the Innovative Interfaces Inc. integrated library system.

The Libraries

The UCI Libraries are committed to innovation and excellence and are in a major period of growth and change. The Libraries consist of the Langson Library, the Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library. The Langson Library primarily serves the Schools of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Social Ecology, Business, the Department of Education, and Interdisciplinary Studies. The Science Library primarily serves the College of Health Sciences (including the School of Medicine) and the Schools of Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Information and Computer Sciences. The Grunigen Medical Library serves the clinical needs of the Health Sciences at the UCI Medical Center, located in Orange, 12 miles from the main campus.

The UCI Libraries have a staff of 273 FTE and an organizational structure that includes the use of teams in conjunction with departments. The library collection consists of over 2.7 million volumes, over 48,000 current serial titles, and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection. The UCI Libraries are a member of the: Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine, is nestled in over 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members. UCI has had an extraordinarily rapid rise to distinction in its first forty years, including membership in the Association of American Universities, three Nobel prizes since 1995, and ranking in many surveys among the nation’s best public universities.

Student enrollment is planned to reach 32,000 by 2014 accompanied by a proportional growth in faculty and staff. Nearly 60% of UCI students identify themselves as Asian American, African-American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American. The University offers 40 doctoral programs in addition to the M.D. UCI’s academic programs are ranked nationally among the top universities; several doctoral programs are ranked in the top ten.

Librarians at the University of California Irvine are academic appointees and receive potential career status at the time of their initial appointment. Librarians periodically receive administrative and peer review for merit increases based on the following criteria: 1) professional competence and quality of service within the Library; 2) professional activity outside the Library; 3) university and public service; and 4) research and other creative activity.

Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Preferred appointment level: $44,736 - $73,356 (Associate Librarian I – Librarian II). Applicants who may qualify for the Associate Librarian level are encouraged to apply.

Librarians are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, thirteen paid holidays, and one day per month sick leave. The University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability insurance plans. Benefits, which may also include an attractive mortgage program, are equal to approximately 40% of salary.

Deadline for Applications: Applications received by November 19, 2007 will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To Apply: Electronic applications are preferred. Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send their application materials including: cover letter; complete résumé; and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references, with a statement of each reference's professional relationship to the applicant, to:

Library Human Resources
UC Irvine, P.O. Box 19557
Irvine, CA 92623-9557
confidential fax (949) 824-3270

Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired.

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries Web site at, with links to additional Web sites featuring campus and community information.

The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer
committed to excellence through diversity.

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