Thursday, February 26, 2009

Head of Cataloging

The J. Murrey Atkins Library at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is in search of a Head of Cataloging to provide leadership/managerial direction and oversight for cataloging operations within Technical Services. Supervises 2 librarians and 5 support staff. For further details about the Library, please consult our web site:


· Provides leadership/managerial direction and oversight for cataloging operations within the Technical Services section
o Manages effective cataloging operations that meet user needs, support section and departmental goals & objectives, and support the library’s mission
o Works closely with public service areas and other areas of the library so decisions are collaborative and communicated to appropriate library personnel
o Provides progressive vision and strategic direction for the Department’s cataloging personnel
o Resolves cataloging and authority control problems for both users and library staff
o Provides training and on-going support for personnel directly and indirectly involved with cataloging or using catalog records
o Formulates and implement local cataloging policies and procedures based on library-wide issues and concerns with input from library personnel

· Plans for, develops, and manages personnel
o Works with Head of Technical Services to design jobs that meet the operational needs of the department
o Ensures that job descriptions and work plans are up-to-date
o Recruits and recommends employees
o Coaches employees to perform to the best of their abilities and skills
o Ensures that all section employees are fairly evaluated according to established procedures
o Handles employee relations problems

· Provides training and support for new/upgraded working software used by cataloging personnel
o Keeps up-to-date with functional changes/enhancement in cataloging related software used by section personnel (e.g. Innovative technical services modules, OCLC interfaces, Cataloger’s Desktop, and Classification Web)
o Ensures that all employees are kept current on the knowledge and skills needed to perform assigned tasks
o Trains departmental personnel in the mechanics and use of specialty software and interfaces
o Assists in the functional implementation of new ILS cataloging modules

· Provides original and complex member cataloging for selected format areas (print, non-print, digital)
o Provides original and complex member cataloging for all types of materials, including audio and video resources in all formats, electronic resources, and monographs
o Revises original cataloging records for subsection staff
o Keeps current with cataloging rules, LCRI’s, national cataloging policies and trends

· Serves as the primary resource for questions and problems in all areas related to cataloging for Library faculty and staff

· Participates in library related professional activities, and in committee service within the Library and at the University level

· Performs other duties as assigned

· Master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association
· At least three years of recent experience in original cataloging of print and non-print materials, preferably in an academic library

· Experience supervising cataloging personnel, strongly preferred
· Working experience with the theory and practice of authority control in an online environment
· Working experience with an Integrated Library system cataloging interface, preferably Innovative Interfaces’ Millennium
· Working experience with OCLC Connexion client or browser interface
· Working experience developing and writing procedures

· Evidence of ability to catalog print and non-print materials
· Working knowledge of OCLC interfaces, LC classification, LCSH, MARC formats, AACR2 and Library of Congresses rule interpretations
· Current knowledge of trends in cataloging
· Knowledge of concepts of metadata standards

· Strong commitment to service
· Attention to detail
· Analytical and problem solving skills
· Interpersonal and communication skills
· Project development and management skills
· Ability to work independently and as part of a team
· Organizational ability
· Flexibility in response to change
· Computer skills

· Full-time
· Faculty status. Librarians are expected to show evidence of ongoing professional development and services to the profession
· Reports to the Head of Technical Services
· Excellent benefits package
· Salary – competitive and dependent upon education and experience


(Search Faculty Vacancies - Position #8672)

The following Application Materials must be attached to your electronic submission:

1. Your letter of interest indicating your qualifications for this position
2. Resume
3. Supporting documentation relevant to job requirements, which may include finding aids, web pages, grant application or reports, etc. authored by the applicant
4. Names, addresses (including titles and institutions), phone numbers, and email addresses of at least 3 professional references*

This position is also posted at

*The Search Committee will not contact references without contacting the candidate first and verifying permission.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. Members of minority groups, persons with disabilities and women are encouraged to apply for this position. AA/EOE

For additional information about The University of North Carolina at Charlotte visit our Web site:

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