Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 9 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal
titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global
reach, extensive assessment efforts and diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff
selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.
Cataloging and Metadata Services
Cataloging and Metadata Services (CAMS) is one of four departments in the Collections & Content portfolio of the University of Washington Libraries. The department has 31
members: 20 classified staff and 11 librarians organized in five units. The Libraries uses the OCLC bibliographic utility, a consortial implementation of the Alma Library Management System, and the Primo discovery system. CAMS catalogs monographs, serials,
and integrating resources in all formats and subjects and in numerous languages according to national cataloging standards. CAMS plays the leading role in setting cataloging policy in conjunction with other UW Libraries units. It provides subject analysis
and authority work for digital collections and electronic theses and dissertations on multiple platforms. It leads the development of non-MARC metadata standards and applications within the Libraries, and offers various metadata services across campus as needed.
CAMS also assumes local responsibility for the Resource Management module of the Alma shared library system.UW Libraries is active in all four programs of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (BIBCO, CONSER, NACO, and SACO), and has consistently been one
of the largest contributors of new LC subject, genre/form, and demographic group authority records. CAMS staff are active in national library organizations such as ALA, OLAC, MLA, and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, as well as the regional Orbis Cascade
Alliance. There is also selective participation in regional, national, and/or international metadata projects.
Reporting to the Associate Dean of Collections & Content, the Director of Cataloging and Metadata Services provides leadership in the department. The Director supervises five units in Cataloging and Metadata Services: Database Management, Serials Cataloging,
and three self-managing units, International Studies Cataloging, Monographic Cataloging, and Special Materials Cataloging. Through effective management and leadership, the Director sets departmental priorities and policies, and meets the operational needs
of staff. The Director creates and implements strategies for cataloging and sets directions for metadata initiatives. The incumbent collaborates with the other Collections & Content directors in management of the portfolio and with colleagues Libraries-wide
to develop current and future modes of resource access and discovery. The Director also develops relationships to support research, teaching, and learning at the University of Washington, and contributes to librarianship through professional development and
Specific responsibilities and duties:
- Defines goals, sets policies and makes long- and short-term plans for Cataloging and Metadata Services within the Libraries’ strategic plan, in consultation with the Associate Dean and other units and departments.
- Contributes to the management of Collections & Content, and the Libraries, through participation in the development and implementation of policies, plans and programs, coordinating and cooperating with all areas as appropriate.
- Positions the Libraries to thrive in a linked, open, and networked world of discovery.
- Identifies the means to provide description and access to all of the resources acquired or selected by the Libraries, e.g. for languages where there is no existing staff expertise.
- Responsible for personnel management in Cataloging and Metadata Services.
- Recommends personnel actions of staff and ensures employees receive appropriate training, supervision, and support to excel in their jobs.
- Coaches, mentors, and guides librarians through the promotion process.
- Supervises two unit heads, three personnel coordinators, a principal cataloger, and a secretary.
- Understands and abides by the Libraries Personal Communication Responsibilities.
- Communicates and interacts appropriately, effectively, and positively.
- Maintains excellent working relations with departments within the Collections & Content portfolio.
- Coordinates cataloging policies and practices, and maintains adherence to local, regional, and national standards with other technical services operations within the Libraries.
- Represents the needs and priorities of the Libraries at regional and national organizations, and promotes opportunities for collaboration among other institutions.
Professional Development & Service
- Plays an active role in staying informed and participating in Libraries and unit meetings, activities and events.
- Participates in Libraries’ committees and task forces.
- Engages in professional development and service opportunities within the organization and the profession in accordance with the Librarian Personnel Code.”
- Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
- Five years of post-MLIS academic librarian experience in original cataloging and/or metadata creation.
- Broad knowledge of issues, trends, workflows, and best practices in cataloging and metadata.
- Demonstrated understanding of current and emerging metadata standards, controlled vocabularies, models, applications, and initiatives such as RDA, LC-PCC PS, LCSH, MeSH, LCC, NLM classification, LCGFT, LCDGT, LCMPT, MARC 21, DACS, DCRM, Dublin Core, METS,
VRA, CCO, EAD, IFLA-LRM.
- Demonstrated understanding of linked data principles and knowledge of library linked data initiatives.
- Experience with bibliographic utilities and integrated library systems, authority control, and bibliographic record maintenance.
- Demonstrated supervisory experience.
- Demonstrated leadership ability and experience.
- Demonstrated record of and commitment to professional development and service.
- Excellence in the following skills: verbal and written communication, interpersonal, planning, organizational, and analytical.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
- In-depth knowledge and experience with RDA.
- Experience using OCLC Connexion.
- Experience with the ExLibris Alma ILS.
- Experience in authority record creation and/or automated authority control.
- Experience as a participant in one or more programs of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging.
- Experience with vendor cataloging services and/or authority control services.
- Experience working with digital libraries or institutional repositories.
- Experience/involvement with linked data and BIBFRAME initiatives.
- Demonstrated project management skills and experience.
- Experience supervising various levels of staff.
- Experience managing contract classified staff.
- Experience with staff development and mentoring.
- Reading knowledge and cataloging experience in one or more foreign languages.
- Experience with successful grant writing.
$82,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background. An Administrative Supplement will be established at the time of appointment.
Position will be at rank of Associate Librarian.
Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state income tax.
To apply for this position, please submit the following information to
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- Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Director, Libraries Human Resources)
- Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)
- List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses)
- Please use "Librarian Application: Director, Cataloging and Metadata Services” in the subject heading.
- Please submit all components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space during the course of the search. Campus constituents may have access to some material, including CVs.
To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, September 8, 2017.
The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee.
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