Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services

The J. Willard Marriott Library is seeking a dynamic, forward-thinking, and service-oriented leader to serve as Head of the Cataloging & Metadata Services division within the Scholarly Resources and Collections department.

We invite applicants who want to join one of the most exciting libraries in the country, one that is striving to set the standard for what it means to be a vibrant 21st century academic services center. The recent $80 million renovation of the Marriott Library sparked a total transformation both of the building and of our services to create inspirational space, build communities of learning, and connect people with knowledge. Opportunities abound to partner with faculty and programs that highly appreciate all that the library has to offer. By relying on organizational values that include creativity, personal growth, sustainability, innovation, leadership and risk taking, we fulfill our mission, “to inspire the creation, discovery, and use of knowledge for Utah and the world.”

A new Strategic Plan will guide the library for the next three years and will provide a foundation for actions in Scholarly Resources & Collections. A fuller statement on the Vision of the Library was presented by the Dean to the Academic Senate in March of 2010.

Position Summary

The position of Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services is integral to the success of the Scholarly Resources and Collections department.  The Head leads a staff of five faculty librarians and two classified staff in making the Marriott Library's digital and physical collections more easily available to its users by creating accurate and helpful metadata products for documents in a variety of formats using MARC, Dublin Core, XML, and other emerging formats and standards as appopriate. The successful candidate will bring an expansive vision to the division, leading the effort both to optimize metadata and cataloging output and to find new ways to use metadata to expose the library's collections and make them more accessible. The Head will coordinate training and workflows in the division, and will work closely with the Acquisitions Manager and the Head of Collection Development to ensure that processes in the three areas are organized with the patron in mind, and with the IT Services and Special Collections departments  to coordinate processing priorities for digital collections. The Head will monitor national and international trends in metadata, cataloging, and discovery; foster a culture of productivity, service orientation, and patron-centered practices in the division; and organize training and orientation to ensure that members of the division are growing and keeping current in their skills, and that they are kept abreast of important developments in the field.


  • ALA-accredited MLS
  • At least five years of recent experience in original cataloging and non-MARC metadata creation in an academic library
  • Current knowledge of trends in traditional cataloging, non-MARC metadata standards, and related topics and developments in the field, and the abiiity to communicate these developments effectively to staff
  • Supervisory experience
  • Ability to meet requirements for tenure (including excellent performance of primary duties, scholarly and creative work, and both local and national service)
  • Demonstrated record of scholarly and/or creative work
  • Working knowledge of OCLC interfaces, LC classification, Dublin Core, and XML
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Strong customer focus

  • At least three years of experience successfully supervising classified staff or librarians in original cataloging and/or non-MARC metadata work
  • Familiarity with the Aleph integrated library system, Primo, and Primo Central

Additional Information

Excellent benefits calculated at approximately 35% of salary including TIAA-CREF, medical, dental, generous paid sick and vacation accrual, sabbaticals, and professional development time.  Marriott Library is an ARL library with holding of approximately 3 million volumes, 68,000 periodicals in electronic and print formats, 153,769 ebooks and over 400 databases.  The university, with a student population of 31,000+ is situated on a 1,500 acre campus in Salt Lake City.  The library has recently completed a large-scale renovation which includes a state-of-the-art Knowledge Commons and a center to create multimedia digital content.  Teaching facilities, used by campus and library instructors, include 20 classrooms, labs and seminar rooms and a 200 seat auditorium.  Salt Lake has a population of over 1 million and offers residents a wide variety of cultural entertainment and recreational activities, all located along the Wasatch Mountain Range.  Information can be found on the web at http://www.utah.com/, www.slcgov.com/visitiors and http://www.saltlakecityutah.org/relocate.htm.

$50,000 to $65,000 depending on qualifications.

Position/Rank – Associate Librarian on Tenure Track

Application Procedures

Complete the online application including a detailed cover letter addressing how your experience matches the qualifications; curriculum vitae; and names and contact information, including email, mail and phone numbers, of three references.  Applications received by October 15th will be given full consideration.

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator.  Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.  Veterans preference.  Reasonable accommodations provided.  For addition information: http://www.regulations.utah.edu/human Resources/5-106.html.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a [strong or demonstrated] commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

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