Head of Cataloging (University Libraries, University of South Carolina)

The Head of Cataloging, University Libraries, University of South Carolina, coordinates, plans, and manages the staff and daily operations of the department.  The successful candidate will be a team player with leadership abilities who will collaboratively develop new services and mentor department staff in the cataloging of all formats.  This position will lead the development and application of policy, workflows, and project management, and will be looked to for expertise in the use of metadata for digital projects.  The position reports to the Director of Thomas Cooper Library.

Responsibilities will include:
Supervising professional, classified and temporary staff totaling 7.75 FTE.
Serving as a resource person regarding cataloging issues both within the Department and in other areas of the Libraries.
Performing original and complex cataloging and authority work for all types of formats.
Participating in developing cataloging policies and procedures and implementing local changes in national standards, rules and best practices for cataloging.
Determining training needs and designing, coordinating and delivering the training curricula; establishing performance standards for the cataloging staff.
Maintaining awareness of and engagement with national and international trends and developments in cataloging and metadata standards, bibliographic control, authority control and knowledge management.
Oversee the automated batch loading of records into the catalog and assisting with load table development.  Ensure that continuing batch loading projects are performed in a timely manner.  Keep accurate records detailing the specifics of each batch load.
Participating in library committees, task forces, and special projects, particularly those related to cataloging, metadata application and bibliographic control.
Conducting routine meetings with all University Libraries cataloging units to ensure that cataloging standards are met and maintained.  Will also provide assistance with major University Libraries cataloging initiatives and will distribute resources as needed.

Required Qualifications:  MLS from an ALA accredited graduate program.  A minimum of five years of experience cataloging in an academic or research library.  Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging standards, practices, and products, including but not limited to LC classification, LCSH, MARC formats, AACR2.  Experience with OCLC Connexion and integrated library systems.  Demonstrated experience cataloging a variety of materials or formats (monographs, serials, videos/DVDs, electronic, etc.).  Experience directing and assessing the work of others in a supervisory role.  Experience with staff training, including preparing handouts or other necessary documentation.  Excellent interpersonal skills including oral and written communication and presentation skills.  SLED background check is required.

Preferred Qualifications:  Bibliographic knowledge of one or more Western European languages.  Minimum of three years supervisory experience.  Experience with a national cooperative cataloging program such as PCC (NACO, BIBCO, CONSER or SACO).  Experience with serials cataloging using AACR2, LCSH and MARC21 formats, CONSER Manual and CONSER Editing Guide.  Experience planning and managing projects.  Experience with Millennium (Innovative Interfaces) software.  Knowledge of non-MARC metadata schemes.  Demonstrated participation in library, university, state, and national programs and initiatives.  Evidence of well-developed interpersonal skills, team-building, initiative, creative energy, and resourcefulness.  Demonstrated problem-solving skills.

The University of South Carolina, founded in 1801, enrolls approximately 20,500 undergraduate students and 6,500 graduate students on the Columbia campus. University Libraries contains more than 3 million volumes, 4 million microforms, 1 million manuscripts, 325,000 maps, and 944,000 government documents; and houses the University’s special collections. University Libraries is a member of LYRASIS, OCLC, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Center for Research Libraries.

Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, 12-month, unclassified, tenure-track, faculty status position with the rank of Librarian. Benefits include medical, dental, state retirement or optional retirement plan.

Apply online at http://uscjobs.sc.edu.  The cover letter, explaining the reason for your interest and qualifications, may be addressed to Chair of the Head of Cataloging Search Committee. Three references submitted must include names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on June 10, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. USC is an EOE.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions,

Marna Hostetler
Director of Thomas Cooper Library
Thomas Cooper Library
1322 Greene Street
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC  29208
(803) 777-3142
(803) 777-4661 fax

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