Monday, June 21, 2010

Data Management Librarian

American University Library invites applications for a multi-year non tenure track contract Data Management Librarian position at the rank of Assistant Librarian, beginning Fall 2010, subject to budgetary authorization.

Responsibilities: Seeking an innovative, energetic, and user-oriented librarian to manage the Acquisitions and Cataloging Services Units; represent the Acquisitions and Cataloging Services units on the Information Delivery Services Administrative Team; provide strategic planning and initiatives for Acquisitions and Cataloging within the context of the Library and University strategic goals; provide expertise, leadership, and management in the creation and maintenance of metadata for the description and discovery of content acquired or created by the library; manage the loading, removal, and batch processing of records in the Voyager system; and partner with the Head of Access Services, the Budget and Finance Manager, and the Electronic Resources Librarian to ensure an efficient workflow of library materials from the point of request to user discovery and throughout the full cycle of continued maintenance of the physical and online collections.

Requirements: ALA accredited Master’s degree in library and/or information science. At least two years of library experience using an automated library system, Voyager experience preferred. Advanced knowledge of technical rules and standards for library cataloging, including national cataloging rules and standards, MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging) tagging, and metadata, as well as knowledge of OCLC, the international bibliographic database. Two years of supervisory and/or training experience. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Accuracy. Strong attention to detail. Excellent analytical thinking and problem solving skills. Excellent organizational skills. Ability to work independently and collaboratively. Demonstrated initiative. Ability to sit at a desk and/or computer for extended hours, read computer screens, and use computer keyboards.

Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position available: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The American University, incorporated in 1893, offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs, many with international focus, to over 11,000 students. Its proximity to centers of technology, politics, justice, world affairs, communication, science, business, and the arts in the Washington, D.C. area enhances the learning environment.

The University Library serves the University through a collection of over 1.1 million volumes, 40,000 sound recordings including an entire music library, nearly 38,500 journal subscriptions in all subjects, 18 library faculty, 59 full time staff, over 190 student assistants, and a budget of over $9.6 million. The University is an active member of the Washington Research Library Consortium with a shared Ex Libris system that includes an online public catalog. For information about American University, please see, and learn about the University Library at

To apply, send a letter of application, resume, and names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to:

Michele Mikkelsen, Director, Administrative Services
American University Library
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-8046

American University is an AA/EEO university committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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