Continuing Resources Cataloging Librarian — Assistant Professor (Texas A&M University Libraries)

Continuing Resources Cataloging Librarian — Assistant Professor

If you are a knowledgeable, energetic, innovative, service-oriented individual, excited by the challenges involved in helping to shape access to information resources in today’s academic libraries, then the Texas A&M University Libraries is the place for you.  Both entry level and experienced candidates are encouraged to apply for this tenure track faculty position.  The position responsibilities include cataloging online and print resources, with an emphasis on serials and integrating resources, and may also include assisting with other formats. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated and detail-oriented self-starter and team-player who enjoys solving problems in an openly collaborative environment with continually evolving technologies.


Position Description:  The Continuing Resources Cataloging Librarian is responsible for performing original and complex copy cataloging, as well as the enhancement of records for continuing resources and monographs in different formats, including, but not limited to electronic resources, according to established national guidelines and standards.  The librarian will participate with other cataloging faculty in formulating local policies and procedures.

The Librarian will also contribute and modify name and series authority records through the NACO branch of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging.  The Librarian is expected to develop expertise in all matters related to the cataloging of continuing resources and series authority control, and serve as a resource for other librarians and staff by providing training and consultation in these areas. The Librarian is expected to be innovative and maintain knowledge of national trends and developments in cataloging and metadata standards in order to continually assess their impact on local policies, procedures and training needs.  Librarians are expected to participate in professional activities appropriate to their position and to perform other duties as assigned.

This is an academic appointment carrying full faculty status and responsibilities including research, publication and service to meet both the Libraries’ and the University’s requirements for tenure and promotion.

Required Qualifications:  

  • Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited program (or international equivalent)
  • A commitment to strong customer service within and outside the libraries
  • Cataloging, indexing or metadata coursework beyond the basic or introductory level and/or successful cataloging work experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standards such as AACR2, Library of Congress Rule Interpretations, Library of Congress subject headings and classification schedules
  • Current awareness of national trends and developments in cataloging, metadata standards and information retrieval, including RDA and FRBR
  • Demonstrated knowledge of both traditional cataloging practice and of emerging methods
  • Ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse population
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both as an individual and collaboratively.
  • Aptitude for accuracy and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated analytical problem solving skills and ability to prioritize
  • Demonstrated flexibility in cooperating with others to share workflows and adjust priorities according to changing needs
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills complemented by the ability to take initiative

 Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity and/or experience with cataloging continuing resources or serials and electronic monographs according to CONSER and BIBCO standards
  • Familiarity and/or experience with applying the ANSI/NISO Z39.71-2006 Holdings standard
  • Ability to apply standards: AACR2, Library of Congress Rule Interpretations, Library of Congress subject headings and classification schedules
  • Demonstrated knowledge of authority records’ functions in the catalog
  • Professional, paraprofessional or pre-professional original and/or copy cataloging experience, preferably in an academic or research library
  • Experience with OCLC Connexion software or other major bibliographic utility
  • Experience with the cataloging module of Ex Libris Voyager Integrated Library System or similar ILS
  • Experience with cataloging nonprint materials (e.g., microforms and CD-ROMs)
  • Demonstrate ability to design and provide training
  • Familiarity with link resolvers and discovery tools
  • Reading knowledge of at least one language in addition to English and facility in working with a variety of languages
  • Familiarity with MS Access and SQL
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with non-MARC metadata schemes and their application for digital collections
  • Experience with batch processing and loading MARC bibliographic record sets

The Libraries: The Cataloging department, with 7 faculty catalogers and 13 staff positions, in 2010, added 512,221 volumes to the University Libraries’ collections including 50,607 print monographs and 378,493 were electronic monographs. Overall, for the year, 452,281 unique titles were added to the Libraries’ collections.  The Texas A&M University Libraries participates in all of the components of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) as well as the OCLC Enhance program.

Texas A&M University Libraries is a member of Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and is the University’s principal research and information center, providing 4.8 million volumes, 5.7 million microforms, 108,064 print and electronic serial titles, 936,270 electronic books, and 1,214 databases. The University ranks 11th among ARL libraries in materials expenditures, with an acquisition budget of $18.4 million. There is a total budgeted staff of 274, including 80+ librarians with faculty status. Librarians work in a sophisticated online environment utilizing Voyager, SFX, Metalib, Primo, Gold Rush, CORAL and a full range of automated information retrieval services.

Salary/Benefits/Rank: Faculty rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience; salary is not less than $48,500. Excellent benefits include choice of health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA-CREF; paid holidays and vacation; no state or local income tax.

Application: For fullest consideration applications should be received by October 14, 2011       Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The letter of application should address the responsibilities, qualifications, and experiences listed for the position. Your letter, vita, and the names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references* may be sent (1) via email to (preferred method) or (2) faxed to Pixey Mosley, 979-845-6238, or (3) mailed to Pixey Mosley, Interim Associate Dean for Administrative and Faculty Services, Texas A&M University Libraries, 5000 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-5000. An Equal Opportunity Employer, TAMU Libraries is committed to employing quality faculty who will enhance the rich diversity of our academic community. In that regard, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who are representative of the state’s diversity.


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* The Search Committee will not contact references without contacting the candidate first and verifying permission.


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