Duties and responsibilities:
- Under the general direction of the Director of Library Technical Services (LTS), provides leadership, guidance, expertise, encouragement, and inspiration to CMS staff, including regular performance reviews.
- Oversees and participates in the creation and maintenance of policies and procedures to support standardized cataloging and metadata practices.
- Develops, arranges, and/or otherwise provides training to library staff for resource description and metadata management, including support for other continuing education opportunities.
- Coordinates the department's work with other units within and beyond LTS.
- Promotes metadata services to faculty and researchers; seeks collaborative opportunities with faculty and researchers to support their information organization, description, and discovery needs.
- Works closely with the Scientific Research Data Curation Specialist and other appropriate staff to shape the library’s services for e-science, digital data curation, and cyberscholarship for all disciplines.
- Manages CMS budget accounts that cover staff costs, travel, income, and software.
- Serves on and actively participates in the LTS Senior Management Team to support and advance a culture of innovation, collaboration, service, and respect within LTS and beyond.
- Serves as primary contact and coordinator for outsourcing and insourcing of cataloging and metadata work.
- Serves as the primary spokesperson for CMS and LTS on matters related to resource description.
- Plays a leadership role in the 2CUL initiative, especially in regard to cataloging and metadata activities and Technical Services Integration.
- Participates in the evaluation, development, and implementation of schemes to support and enhance information discovery and retrieval in the library’s data management systems.
- Keeps abreast of new and emerging descriptive practices and tools.
- Monitors and supports Cornell’s commitments to national programs such as the PCC, BIBCO, CONSER, NACO, and eCIP.
- Plays an active role in CUL working groups, task forces, and committees; participates actively in cataloging and/or metadata committees, academic research, and/or publication on the local, regional, and national level.
- Frequent interaction with department staff and LTS managers
- Regular interaction with staff across CUL and the university, including faculty
- Regular interaction with counterparts at other large research libraries, especially at the Columbia University Libraries
- Background: Cornell University is an Ivy League comprehensive research university located in Ithaca in the scenic Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The town and university offer a unique cosmopolitan and international atmosphere in a beautiful natural setting of waterfalls, gorges, and lakes. The university comprises 14 schools with 2600 faculty members and 20,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. The Cornell University Library is a vigorous professional organization with a strong track record in innovation and service quality. It contains nearly 8 million printed volumes, 62,000 current serials, 378,000 networked electronic resources, and rich materials in other formats. The Library was a recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in 2002.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.