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Manager of Resource Description

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Job Description

The
Manager, Resource Description supervises the daily operations of the
Resource Description Unit. This position manages daily workflows and
special projects for the Unit, which encompasses copy and original
cataloging of newly-acquired library materials in all formats, including
digital, multi-media, and special collections material. The incumbent
provides quality control for processed materials utilizing various
metadata standards; edits and updates database records using batch
process tools, such as MARCEdit; and implements project management plans
for new cataloging and metadata initiatives identified by library
administration and library collections management. The Manager
supervises the processing and maintenance of multiple partner
collections jointly managed with other University departments. This
position assumes responsibility for the routine operation of the unit in
the absence of the Resource Description Librarian.

Qualifications
Master
of Library Science preferred with at least four years library
experience or in a related position that demonstrates the necessary
skills and abilities for the position including supervisory experience.
Experience using Online Computer Library Center and integrated library
systems.  This position requires advanced, extensive knowledge of
technical rules and standards for library cataloging, including national
cataloging rules and standards, including MARC21 standards (Machine
Readable Cataloging) tagging, International Standard Bibliographic
Description,and structure and coding of both local and national
cataloging systems.  Requires knowledge of Anglo-American Cataloging
Rules (AACR2), Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Library of
Congress Classification (LCC), Resource Description and Access (RDA),
Program for Cooperative Cataloging/Library of Congress Policy
Statements, Dublin Core, and other emerging metadata standards as well
as knowledge of bibliographic record editing tools, including MARCEdit
and global data change processes in an integrated library system
environment. Knowledge of report creation techniques in an ILS
environment. In addition, requires knowledge of at least one foreign
language and experience cataloging at least one non-print format such as
music, electronic resources, and/or media.

The
incumbent must possess excellent interpersonal and communication
skills, high level of accuracy, strong attention to detail, excellent
analytical thinking and problem solving skills, excellent organizational
skills; and demonstrate initiative and the ability to work
independently and collaboratively.  

Physical
demands of the job include a great deal of sitting, typing, using a
computer mouse, standing, walking, and lifting and occasionally shifting
books or other media.  Consequently, the incumbent must be able to sit
at a desk and/or computer for extended hours, read computer screens and
use computer keyboards.  Close vision, distance vision, and the ability
to adjust focus and read from printed materials and computer screens,
generally switching from one to the other within short periods of time
are essential.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

To apply, log in to the AU careers website (https://jobs.american.edu/JobPosting.aspx?JPID=3005)

to complete the online application and upload your cover letter and resume.   For questions about the position, please contact Alayne Mundt at <mundt@american.edu>.

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