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Available Job # 2602

Date Posted 11/13/2018
Job Title Head of Cataloging/Metadata
Organization Amherst College
Environment Academic Library
City Amherst
State MA
Hours Full-Time
Hire Status Direct Hire
Job Level MLS/MLIS Required
Job Description Description
Amherst College invites applications for the position of head of cataloging/metadata in the collegeís library. Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherstís students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

The head of cataloging/metadata is a full-time, year-round position, job group and level PT-4. The successful candidate will provide leadership and coordination for the library's Cataloging/Metadata unit, which has responsibility for ensuring that print, media and e-resources meet national standards and are consistent with consortial agreements and practices.

The head of cataloging/metadata creates original cataloging and develops cataloging/metadata policies and creates documentation and initiates collaborative projects to increase usage of physical and electronic materials by making them more discoverable and accessible. In addition, the individual in the position directs bibliographic and authority maintenance activities, ensuring database quality and accuracy; develops strategies for improved discoverability and usability of the libraryís resources; works collaboratively with acquisitions and e-resources management sections and other library units, as well as Five-College colleagues and the ILS manager; provides leadership to support the libraryís role in moving to new platforms, including open source, in collaboration with libraryís discovery team; helps develop, cultivate, and support a diverse workforce and student body; and leads efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming environment.

Key Responsibilities


Create original bibliographic records for a variety of formats and languages using accepted standards such as MARC, RDA or AACR2, LCSH, and LC classification and other standards as the catalog and discovery systems develop
Contribute to the performance of authority control and disambiguation of names and assist others in this work; contribute original authority work to NACO
Manage the librariesí batch processing, analysis, and editing of records, working collaboratively with the e-resources librarian and the Five College Consortiumís ILS manager
Develop cataloging and metadata policies, create useful documentation, and participate in collaborative projects to increase usage of the libraryís electronic, digital, and physical materials by making them more discoverable
Ensure that cataloging and metadata practices make resources more accessible and usable, with particular attention to inclusion and the needs of historically underrepresented groups
Improve understanding and implementation of tools and services for cataloging and metadata creation, such as the integrated library system and OCLC Connexion, including troubleshooting of these services
Lead the Cataloging/Metadata unit through planning, assembling statistics, analysis, and reporting
Leadership and Management

Supervise the 3.25 FTE catalogers and 1.4 FTE staff
Create and revise local policies procedures, and documentation and provide training
Prepare statistics and reports to help administrators make data-informed decisions and to provide statistics to national agencies (ACRL, IPEDS); contribute to library assessment activities and direct the collection of metrics that help reflect the productivity and breadth of services provided by cataloging/metadata staff
Collaborate and consult with librarians and staff across the Five Collegesí library consortium to develop consensus regarding priorities, goals, processes, and policies that provide consistency and improve access and usability for our shared collections
Participate in outreach activities, committees, and working groups of the library, the college, Five Colleges, and regional and national organizations as appropriate
Demonstrate and facilitate effective communication throughout the library and across the college

Masterís degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or foreign equivalent
Minimum of three years of relevant library experience
Minimum of two years of supervisory experience
Comprehensive knowledge of cataloging standards and tools (including but not limited to MARC21, RDA, AACR2, OCLC, MarcEdit) andoriginal and copy cataloging and classification in all formats
Experience with bibliographic utilities and integrated library systems, vendor cataloging services, authority control services, and automated routines for bibliographic record maintenance
Demonstrated familiarity with and interest in current and emerging standards, models, applications, and initiatives such as BIBFRAME, RDF, and linked data
Familiarity with how library resources are accessed and used (preferably in an undergraduate context) and a commitment to removing barriers for users
Demonstrated analytical, organizational, planning, and project management skills
A proven commitment to working closely and collaboratively across organizational boundaries, including a demonstrated history of effectively leading complex collaborative projects and programs involving diverse groups of stakeholders
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; the ability to advocate for the library to a variety of constituents and to communicate with technical and non-technical individuals
Competence and sensitivity in working at a college in which students are broadly diverse with regard to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

Five years of experience
Three years of supervisory experience
Experience cataloging complicated materials, such as music, films, or foreign language materials
Working knowledge of one or more foreign languages
Demonstrated ability to integrate technology into workflows
Knowledge and experience of computer programming languages and technologies to create, extract, transform, analyze, and manipulate data (e.g. Python, XSLT, Javascript, Excel, regular expressions, SQL, etc.)
Experience with preparing statistical reports
Application Instructions
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.


Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The collegeís community is composed of about 1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The collegeís scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!


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