Head of Monographic and Special Materials Cataloging

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Job Description

University of Colorado Boulder Libraries invites applications for the
Head of Monographic and Special Materials Cataloging.  This is a tenure
stream position reporting to the Director of the Metadata Services
Department.  The Head of Monographic and Special Materials Cataloging
plays a significant leadership role in managing the operations of the
Monographic and Special Materials Cataloging Unit. This position
coordinates the operations of the unit and plans and conducts training
of original catalogers; performs original and complex copy cataloging of
resources in a variety of formats and languages; creates records within
the framework of the BIBCO program; and serves as the Libraries liaison
to the PCC programs for NACO, SACO, and BIBCO.   

The position includes significant responsibilities for research,
creative work, and service in keeping with the tenure standards of the
University of Colorado Boulder.


  • Please address each of these qualifications in your application materials:
  • Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent advanced degree
  • At least three years of increasingly responsible and relevant professional metadata/cataloging experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of  trends and best practices in metadata provision
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of cataloging rules, standards, and
    tools such as MARC, RDA, AACR2, LCSH (and other controlled
    vocabularies), FRBR, FRAD, and of developments and trends in the field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of PCC (NACO, BIBCO, SACO, or CONSER) and OCLC Enhance standards
  • Knowledge of evolving metadata standards and schema (e.g., BIBFRAME, Dublin Core, EAD, TEI)
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strong leadership and management
    while working collaboratively in an environment of continuous change
  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Potential for research, scholarly work, and professional achievement

Preferred Qualifications:

Evidence of any of the following will enhance a candidacy:

  • Experience with a national cooperative cataloging program such as PCC (NACO, BIBCO, SACO, or CONSER) and OCLC Enhance
  • Supervisory experience, preferably in an academic, research, or special collections environment
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and complete projects
  • Bibliographic knowledge of one or more non-English languages
  • Demonstrated experience with a variety of materials or formats (rare
    books, government publications, media, cartographic , and/or music)
  • Demonstrated initiative investigating new ideas and implementing change
  • Experience using technology to facilitate innovative ways to provide access to library collections
  • Experience with OCLC and a substantial level of experience with
    integrated library systems, preferably Innovative Interfaces Sierra
  • Experience with non-MARC metadata schemas (e.g., Dublin Core, EAD, VRA Core, METS, MODS, PREMIS, RDF)
  • Demonstrated ability to train others to catalog or other instruction experience
  • Knowledge of tools to transform and/or crosswalk metadata
  • Evidence of achievement in research and creative work and professional service


The successful candidate will be appointed as a full-time (12 month),
tenure-stream faculty member.  Depending upon professional experience
and demonstrated accomplishments in scholarly activity, creative work,
and service, appointment may be made at the assistant professor or
associate professor level.  Benefits include 22 working days of
vacation; 10 paid holidays; liberal sick leave; excellent University
group health care plans; group life insurance; TIAA/CREF, Fidelity, or
Vanguard retirement/annuity; and support for scholarly/professional
activities.  Tenured faculty members are eligible for sabbatical leave.
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How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  It is recommended that applications be submitted by May 4, 2014 in order to receive full consideration.  Application must be made online at and must include a letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position; CV or resume; and names with postal addresses, email, and telephone numbers of three references.  Questions may be directed to Dylan Wiersma, Search Coordinator, at Dylan.Wiersma@Colorado.EDU.  The full position description can be viewed at

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