E-Resources Cataloging Specialist (University of Illinois Urbana Champaign)

E-Resources Cataloging Specialist (Academic Professional)

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Main Library

Position Available: As soon as possible after closing date of search. This is for a regular Academic Professional positions in the University Library.

Duties and Responsibilities: The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign seeks an innovative and knowledgeable professional to serve in the position of E-Resources Cataloging Specialist.


This is an academic professional position for an entry level librarian with the requisite skills or course work or for a non MLS professional with appropriate experience and skills. The E-Resources Cataloging Specialist will work in the Content Access Management unit within the Technical Services Division of the Main Library. The position will work in a team environment with those Division faculty and staff responsible for the management of e-resources and the delivery of metadata and cataloging services. That team includes the Head of CAM (Content Access Management), the E-Resources Librarian, the Metadata Librarian, the Head of Acquisitions, the LCDD (Library Content Discovery and Delivery) Technical Architect, and the Manager of Cataloging Services. The E-Resources Cataloging Specialist will provide support for the bibliographic control and metadata related to electronic resources of all types, with a focus on commercially-produced resources. This position reports to the Head of CAM.


The E-Resources Cataloging Specialist: catalogs electronic resources including e-books, electronic databases, websites and other electronic formats (primarily monographs and integrating resources) using OCLC’s Connexion Client and the Voyager integrated library system; assists in the implementation of new systems such as MARCIt; supervises graduate assistants who perform cataloging and maintenance functions for electronic resources; trains and supervises student assistants; communicates with vendors regarding the availability of catalog records; oversees and manages loads of vendor records for electronic resources, assuring their quality and accessibility; develops and maintains an understanding of issues related to the cataloging of e-resources; contributes authority records to the national authority files; contributes to the professional dialogue to improve service and enhance access to library resources.


As the information landscape is changing, this position may be asked to cover additional and evolving services or functions related to enhancing the discovery and delivery of library content.


As an Academic Professional employee they are expected to use “investigation time” to pursue areas of interest, not directly in support of an immediate program need, in accordance with the University Library’s policy on Investigation Time for Academic Professional Employees. Some investigations that originate in this manner may evolve into regular work assignments or production activities. [http://www.library.illinois.edu/export/committee/exec/supplement/S2009-2010/Guideline_for_Investigation_Time_-_Generalized_and_Revised_2.doc]




Required: BA or BS in a relevant field. Demonstrated knowledge of electronic resources cataloging. Working knowledge of online library systems, OCLC, AACR2R, LCRI, LCSH, MARC21 formats and authority control. Solid computer skills including spreadsheet and database applications. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Effective organizational and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as cooperatively and flexibly with a wide variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment. Demonstrated supervisory experience. Preferred: ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science. Cataloging experience in an academic or research library setting or cataloging experience with electronic resources. Experience with MarcEdit software and the ExLibris Voyager integrated library system. Experience with non-MARC metadata standards (MODS, EAD, Dublin Core, etc.) and XML/XSLT. Familiarity with electronic resources standards and related initiatives, evolving practices, and NACO or other PCC programs.


Salary: This is a twelve-month academic professional appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Terms of Appointment: 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several options for participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.


Campus and Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public, land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University – Extensive) ranked among the best in the world, including “Top 20” programs in Chemistry, Engineering, English, Mathematics, Music, Library & Information Science, Psychology, and Veterinary Medicine. Chartered in 1867, its faculty and staff provide undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conduct theoretical and applied research, and provide public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members serving 31,000 undergraduate and 11,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receive campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. For more information, see: http://www.uiuc.edu. The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated approximately 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 miles northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution and its members. For more information, see: http://www.uiuc.edu/community.


To Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.


Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be received by 09/02/2011. Interviews may occur before the closing date; however, no decisions will be made prior to the closing date.


The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

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