Monday, May 19, 2008

Assistant Head, Non-Print Management Department

Assistant Head, Non-Print Management Department,
Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
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Northeastern University Libraries seek an energetic, creative, and self-motivated individual to join the re-energized, service-oriented, and forward-looking team in its Technical Services Division. The Division’s Non-Print Management Department handles all electronic and media-based resources, working in close collaboration with its partner, the Print Management Department.

Reporting to the Head of Non-Print Management, this position involves leadership and management of the day-to-day operations of the Ordering and Metadata Management (OMM) unit within the Department, including:

  • Primary responsibility for the provision of original cataloging and metadata for all non-print materials and digital projects, including additions to IRis, Northeastern’s digital repository;
  • Management of the ordering and purchase of e-resources and media materials of all kinds;
  • License and vendor negotiations;
  • Ensuring that the OMM group runs efficiently and smoothly through the setting of daily and long-term priorities;
  • Managing workflow and identifying and resolving problems;
  • Planning, organizing, and overseeing projects.
  • Hiring, training, and evaluating 3-9 FTE staff, planning training programs, and producing training materials;
  • Participating in planning, integrating, and reporting on the activities of the Technical Services Division as a whole to ensure the achievement of Divisional goals.
  • Working closely with the Assistant Head, Resource and Receipt Control to coordinate and plan Department work and will be expected to have a broad understanding of all Department activities and related technical services best practices. Also works closely with other Departments on digital and non-print projects.

QUALIFICATIONS: MLS from an ALA-accredited program; additional advanced degree preferred. At least 4 years demonstrated successful experience in increasingly responsible positions managing or supervising cataloging and/or database maintenance activities ,e-resource and media ordering, and licensing in academic or research libraries. Knowledge of and experience with LC classification, AACR2, LCSH, and a variety of metadata and associated functional standards and tools (Dublin Core, MODS), OCLC, and cataloging in non-print formats, including both serials and monographs. Experience with digital projects (e.g. repositories) and integrated library systems, especially III's Millennium system, preferred. Excellent planning, analytical, interpersonal, communications, supervisory, project management and organizational skills desired. Ability to work internally and externally with a wide variety of individual at all levels, a strong service orientation, and demonstrated commitment to staff development and diversity in the workplace.

SETTING: Northeastern, located in the heart of Boston, is an urban Carnegie Research II institution that is student focused and dedicated to a cooperative education/experiential learning model. A diverse student body of 16,700 undergraduates and 4,400 graduate students are enrolled in seven undergraduate colleges, nine graduate and professional schools, and two part-time undergraduate divisions. There are also active continuing education and distance learning programs. The Libraries hold membership in OCLC/NELINET, the Coalition for Networked Information Task Force, the Boston Library Consortium, and the Boston Regional Library System, and is a Commission on Preservation and Access sponsor. Visit the Libraries' web site for more information:

SALARY: Salary: from $44,753, depending on qualifications: Excellent benefits.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send letter of application, resume, and three references to Will Wakeling, Acting Dean of Libraries., Northeastern University Libraries, 320 Snell Library, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 or For more information on the position contact Janet Morrow, Head of Non-Print Management, at

Northeastern University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and especially welcomes applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

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