Serials Description Librarian
Duke University Libraries
Durham, North Carolina

The Serials Description Librarian performs original and complex copy cataloging of serials in all subjects and assigned languages. Exercises considerable independent judgment in carrying out daily work activities.

*             Performs complex copy and original cataloging of serials in accordance with established policies, procedures, and standards. Creates and modifies cataloging records in the national cooperative cataloging environment, in accordance with both local and national standards, such as RDA, CONSER standards, and the MARC format.
*             Inputs and maintains bibliographic, holding, and item information as needed to ensure accuracy and completeness of information. Creates holdings data fields including captions and patterns, and textual holdings for serials following MARC 21 format for holdings data and ANSI/NISO Z39.71 for serials.
*             Searches and updates records in OCLC in accordance with established policies, procedures and standards.  Inputs local data in order for our discovery layers to work in sync
*             Re-cataloging of held serials identified for local and shared print retention.
*             Handles highly complex problems regarding serials described using older standards, bringing them up-to-date as needed to facilitate user access.
*             Shares expertise with others throughout the Duke University Libraries and serves as a primary resource for cataloging policies, issues, formats, and standards for serials.
*             Reviews professional literature; networks with research services, collection development and other library professionals outside the University; and participates in activities to stay abreast of trends in serials cataloging in academic research institutions.
*             Contributes to library-wide initiatives; participates in departmental and library-wide activities; serves on library committees and task forces.
*             Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge by taking an active interest in the profession. This growth and interest may be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and/or service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity.
*             Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities
*             None

It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.

Required:  MLS or equivalent combination of education and experience.

*             Experience performing serials copy cataloging in an academic setting
*             Familiarity with national cataloging utilities such as OCLC Connexion
*             Experience with MARC formats including bibliographic and holdings
*             Familiarity with the use and application of RDA or other bibliographic description standards, subject analysis, and application of a standard classification system
*             Reading knowledge of at least one language in addition to English and facility in working with a variety of languages
*             Aptitude to develop skills in original serials cataloging
*             Effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
*             Commitment to collaborative work; strong analytical aptitude
*             Strong commitment to customer service
*             Prioritized language competencies in non-Roman languages, particularly Chinese
*             Experience applying CONSER and NACO standards
*             1-3 years of experience performing complex copy or original serials cataloging
*             Familiarity with an ILS such as Aleph
*             Current awareness of national trends and developments in cataloging and metadata standards such as BIBFRAME
*             Familiarity with standards for cataloging rare materials

Working Conditions
*             Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
*             Must be able to lift 20 pounds and unpack, shelve and shift large quantities of library materials
*             Frequent bending, crouching, stooping
*             Normal office environment
These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits
Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.

Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its branches: Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly, Music, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort.  Duke's library holdings of 6.1 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.
Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.
Duke offers a comprehensive benefit packages which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:

Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to: . Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.