Music Cataloging Librarian

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Job Description

Position Description:

Reporting to the Head of Cataloging-Metadata, the Music Cataloging Librarian will be responsible for original and complex copy cataloging of music materials in a variety of languages and formats. The Music Cataloging Librarian creates bibliographic and NACO-level name authority descriptions in a mixed RDA/AACR2 environment using the MARC standard and is expected to work with other metadata standards and schemas (BIBFRAME, EAD, and Dublin Core) as the need arises. The Music Cataloging Librarian performs subject analysis and classification using LCSH and Library of Congress Classification and is expected to work with other thesauri and organizational systems when the need arises. Occasionally, the Music Cataloging Librarian may be asked to catalog non-music resources. Specific duties include:

  • Serves as the Cataloging-Metadata Department liaison to the Rita Benton Music Library
  • Serves as a resource person for library staff on rules and best practices for the bibliographic description of music resources
  • Participates in the problem-solving and policy-making activities of the Cataloging-Metadata Department
  • Works with departmental colleagues to develop local cataloging policies and procedures
  • Shares with library colleagues relevant information gained from professional activities and uses that knowledge to improve operations
  • Monitors cataloging trends and maintains awareness of emerging issues in bibliographic control
  • Participates in library committees, task groups, and special projects
  • Contributes to the overall goals of the department as appropriate

 Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music
  • Appoint at the Specialist Librarian level requires three or more years of experience
  • Reading knowledge of one or more Western European languages
  • Familiarity with the RDA and AACR2 content standards
  • Proficiency with personal computers and software, the Web, and library-relevant information technology applications. Working knowledge of standard computer office applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint or other productivity software.
  • Ability to work independently and in a group; and excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.  
  • Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing cataloging environment

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with the use of the RDA/AACR2 standards to catalog music resources
  • Experience in the use of OCLC, MarcEdit and an integrated library system
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current issues in academic cataloging and metadata operations
  • Familiarity with current and emerging cataloging and metadata standards and practices

Universal Competencies:

  • Positive Impact/Achieving Results: Ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.
  • Service Excellence/Customer Focus: Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.
  • Collaboration and Embracing Diversity: Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, nationalities, genders, ages, etc.

How to Apply

To apply for this position and see the full announcement, please visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at Applications must be received by October 19, 2014.

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