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University of Chicago--job posting

From:

Daniel Pitti <[log in to unmask]>

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Encoded Archival Description List <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 24 May 2001 11:42:55 -0400

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If you are interested in this position, the deadline is rapidly approaching!

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THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LIBRARY

Head, Special Collections Processing and Metadata Services,

The Department of Special Collections, University of Chicago Library, seeks 
an experienced and creative librarian to provide leadership, technical 
expertise and management of processing and metadata services for the 
department's archives, manuscripts, rare book, and digital collections. The 
department's collections constitute an administratively integrated body of 
research resources of 250,000 printed books and more than 25,000 feet of 
manuscript and archives materials. Special Collections is actively involved 
in retrospective digitization projects, working within the Library's new 
structure for digital library development.  Directly supervises a staff of 
4, including 3 librarians; supervises additional project staff as 
appropriate. This position reports to the Curator of Special 
Collections.  Responsibilities include:

Processing services:
 Coordinates physical arrangement and description, processing, cataloging, 
and metadata services for the archival, manuscript, and rare book 
collections in the Department of Special Collections, including ongoing 
activities and gift- and grant-funded projects:
Oversees librarians responsible for arrangement, description, and 
cataloging of archives and manuscripts.

Oversees staff who provide bibliographical support services for rare books 
acquisitions and cataloging, which are performed in the Library's central 
Information Resources Management Division; and for editing rare books 
records in conjunction with shelf-processing, circulation, and 
retrospective conversion record enhancement activities, which are located 
in Special Collections.

 Works closely with the Associate Curator and the Processing Archivist to 
develop processing plan for collections. Insures effective utilization of 
staff for processing and cataloging activities.

 Works closely with the department's Collection Development unit 
responsible for developing physical and digital collections and the Reader 
Services unit responsible for public services, exhibitions, and 
preservation to develop processing priorities and identify specialized 
access needs.

 Manages grant- and gift-funded processing and cataloging projects.

Metadata services:
 Works collaboratively with unit staff and colleagues in the Library's 
Intellectual Resources Management Division, including the Digital Library 
Development Center and the Cataloging and Preservation Departments, to 
develop schemes for descriptive, administrative and structural metadata for 
digitization projects drawing on Special Collections materials in all formats.

 Provides leadership in devising metadata structures and search interfaces 
for representing relationships between digital surrogates and primary 
sources and digitized parts of larger collections of originals.

 Works collaboratively with unit staff and colleagues in the Library's 
Intellectual Resources Management Division, including the Digital Library 
Development Center and the Cataloging and Preservation Departments, to 
develop, test and implement search interfaces for Special Collections 
materials. Provides leadership in projects to extract records and 
information from existing metadata for departmental holdings to create 
specialized databases; and for maintenance and further development of 
standards and policies for online finding aids, metadata and access tools, 
including EAD, Dublin Core, and CORC.

 Works collaboratively with the Library's Information Resources Management 
Division, including the Cataloging Department and the Digital Library 
Development Center, to coordinate cataloging policies and practices and 
develop proposals for projects to enhance intellectual access to Special 
Collections holdings.

Department-wide responsibilities:
 Contributes information on technical specifications, staffing and other 
needs to grant and gift proposals for processing and cataloging projects.

 Serves as a resource for intellectual access issues within Special 
Collections, insuring that staff are informed of developments within the 
Library and profession pertinent to their work.

 Serves as a member of the Special Collections Council, the department's 
management group. Participates in Special Collections public services, 
including the department's exhibition program and web site development.

QUALIFICATIONS:
   Graduate degree in library science, three years' experience with special 
collections cataloging and processing in an academic research library.

   Knowledge of MARC-21, AACR2rev, LC classification, LCSH, EAD/DTD, APPM, 
DCRB, Dublin Core, CORC, and other metadata standards and access tools,

   Working knowledge of a range of Western European languages, preferably 
including Latin; supervisory experience.

   Library automation experience and strong computer skills, including 
familiarity with OCLC; working knowledge of Microsoft Office; skill in use 
of the Internet and related cataloging resources.

   Demonstrated strong commitment to continuing education in cataloging, 
technical services, and library issues.

   Initiative in the approach to responsibilities, effective problem 
solving and decision making skills, judgment and discretion, excellent 
communication skills including ability to interact with donors, as well as 
the ability to work effectively and collegially across units and departments.

   Project management and grant-writing experience preferred, as is a 
strong background in the humanities or social sciences.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Appointment salary based on qualifications and 
experience.  Benefits include retirement plan, health and life insurance, 
and paid time off.  There is tuition plan for college age and younger children.

APPLICATION should include resume and names, addresses, e-mail addresses, 
and telephone numbers of three references.  Review of applications will 
begin upon receipt and continue until the position is filled.  Applications 
received by June 1, 2001, will be assured consideration.  Preliminary 
interviews may be scheduled at the annual American Library Meetings in San 
Francisco.  Applications may be sent by e-mail to 
[log in to unmask], attention of Denise Weintraub.  Applications 
may also be sent to the Personnel Office, The University of Chicago 
Library, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637.
For further information about the University of Chicago Library and Special 
Collections see: http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/spcl/
EOE



Daniel V. Pitti         Project Director
Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
Alderman Library        University of Virginia  Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Phone: 804 924-6594     Fax: 804 982-2363       Email: [log in to unmask]
http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu

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