Monday, December 16, 2013

Head of Serials Cataloging

The University of Georgia Libraries seeks a Head of Serials Cataloging who will be responsible to the Head of the Cataloging Department for the planning, coordination, and control of cataloging, classification, and holdings information of serials in all languages, subjects, and formats. This includes performing original and copy cataloging of materials. Responsibilities also include supervision of two support staff and one librarian, the Serials Cataloger. The Head of Serials Cataloging serves as a resource person in the area of serials cataloging both within the Department and in other areas of the Libraries. The Head of Serials Cataloging also participates in the Cataloging Department management group. The Serials Cataloging Section of the Cataloging Department is comprised of the Head, one librarian, and two support staff members. 

The UGA Libraries, with more than 4 million volumes, is ranked among the nation’s best research libraries in ratings compiled by the Association of Research Libraries.  The UGA Libraries participates in GIL, a statewide-interconnected implementation of the Endeavor Voyager system.  The UGA Libraries is a member of CONSER and participates in NACO, SACO, and OCLC’s Enhance Program.  The Cataloging Department has 10 professional and 17 support staff positions and catalogs over 30,000 books, serials, microforms, and nonprint materials annually.  The Serials Cataloging Section accounts for over 1,500 new titles cataloged and approximately 1,500 titles recataloged yearly.

The UGA Libraries is located on the university's main campus in Athens, Georgia, and its facilities include the Main Library, Science Library, Zell B. Miller Learning Center, Map and Government Information Library, Repository and Special Collections Libraries.  Perennially rated as one of the nation's top college towns, Athens offers a vibrant place to work and live.  With Atlanta 70 miles to the west, Athens offers good proximity to the city while maintaining a small-town culture and feel.  The favorable climate supports an eco-friendly campus, and UGA is currently undergoing a major multi-step plan to convert much of the campus into pedestrian friendly green space.  Information about Athens:


*Maintains Section staffing by training, supervising, and evaluating one FTE librarian, two support staff, plus student assistants in the policies and procedures of serials cataloging and holdings.

*Maintains production and workflow by establishing priorities, planning staffing levels, coordinating the activities, and arranging for the efficient movement of materials through Serials Cataloging.

*Provides an index to the Libraries’ collections, by performing original cataloging of serials and periodicals in print or remotely-accessible electronic form for the Main, Science, and branch libraries.   Original and complex cataloging is done using Library of Congress classification and subject headings.

*Contribute to the supply of cataloging copy available to the library community by correcting and updating OCLC master bibliographic records for serials as part of the CONSER authentication process.

*Promote consistent and precise retrieval of bibliographic records by establishing name authority records as part of NACO as well as by proposing changes in LCSH and LCC to LC’s Cooperative Subject Cataloging programs.

*Contribute to the efficient processing and uniform understanding of serials by serving as a resource by advising libraries staff and staff from other libraries about serials cataloging policies and procedures.

Maintain the quality of local and national cataloging by staying current with national and international trends in bibliographic control, especially as they relate to serials.

Pursue meaningful bibliographic control and advocate continuous improvement in library service by taking part in the Cataloging Department’s policy-making process.

Participate in general library administration by serving on Section Heads and other committees as assigned.

Represent the Libraries through active participation in professional organizations on the state, regional, or national level.

Maintain awareness and act upon changes and needs in the organization by assuming other similar duties and responsibilities.


Required Qualifications:
ALA-accredited MLS; Three years professional serials cataloging experience; Supervisory experience; OCLC experience; Knowledge of AACR2, Library of Congress classification and subject headings, USMARC format, and contemporary cataloging rules; Familiarity with RDA; Ability to work with broad range of subjects and languages; Effective oral and written communication skills; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; Flexibility in adapting to changing departmental and organizational priorities.

Preferred Qualifications:
CONSER experience preferred; Strong interest in academic or research librarianship desired; Knowledge of other automated systems applicable to technical services (and especially serials control) desired.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:  Annual Salary:  Minimum $46,000; commensurate with experience.  UGA librarians are non-tenured faculty members. UGA offers an attractive benefits program including a choice of health and retirement plans, dental plan, vision plan, tuition remission, paid relocation, 21 days annual leave, 12 days sick leave, and 12 paid holidays.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send via email their letters of application, complete resumes, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references by Monday, January 13, 2014, to: Jan D. Hudson, Human Resources Manager, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia 30602-1641 at

The University of Georgia and the UGA Libraries have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among its faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage persons of color to apply for these positions.  The University of Georgia is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. 

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