Head of Cataloging Services (The University at Albany Libraries)

Head of Cataloging Services, (Rank: Senior Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian). The University at Albany Libraries (State University of New York, Albany, NY) seek a creative, highly motivated, flexible leader to manage the Cataloging Services Department, consisting of two academic faculty librarians, four paraprofessional faculty, and student assistant support.


Responsible for providing leadership related to facilitation of access to information in all formats in a highly automated and constantly changing environment. Works closely and collaboratively with the heads of other departments in the division (Acquisitions Services; Database Maintenance, Processing and Bindery; and Library Systems), as well as others throughout the Libraries, to ensure efficient workflow and high-quality user experience, set goals, and establish priorities. The incumbent will be an experienced leader with a keen sense of the evolving role of research libraries in the digital age and demonstrated knowledge of best practices and current trends in cataloging. Under the general supervision of the Associate Director for Technical Services and Library Systems, s/he provides expertise and leadership in cataloging (including MARC and other schemas); sets priorities and maximizes staff resources for the benefit of the Libraries’ users; leads the Department in the evaluation and efficient, innovative use of technologies, including the implementation/management of the cataloging, authorities, and indexing features of the current and future integrated library system; leads ongoing review of departmental policies, procedures and organization; serves as the Libraries’ official contact with OCLC; manages the department’s student employee budget; collects and analyzes statistics; and supervises two academic librarians. For qualification requirements and application instructions, go to http://albany.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=27186. Application deadline: October 14, 2011. The University at Albany is an EO/AA/IRCA/ADA employer.

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