June 1, 2006
Opening: Catalog Librarian, Chicago-Kent
Catalog Librarian (Position Number: 198-06)
Chicago-Kent College of Law & Stuart Graduate School of Business, Downtown Campus Library
The IIT Downtown Campus Library is seeking an energetic cataloger interested in serials cataloging and database management with strong analytical and problem-solving skills who has the capacity to thrive in an environment of change to become the newest member of its bibliographic services team.
Environment: Located in a state-of-the-art building in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Downtown Campus Library primarily serves the Chicago-Kent College of Law and the Stuart Graduate School of Business. The library’s primary patrons are the faculty of both the law and business schools and the 1,500 students who attend the downtown campus. The library has an outstanding collection of materials relating to law, business, international relations, and the social sciences. Additional information about the library and IIT can be found at: library.kentlaw.edu and www.iit.edu
Responsibilities: Under the direction of the Director of Bibliographic Services, the Catalog Librarian is responsible for cataloging library materials, including continuing resources in both print and electronic formats. The Catalog Librarian also co-supervises two library specialists with the Government Documents Librarian.
Typical duties will include providing full (or other appropriate level) original cataloging and authority control for materials in print, non-print and digital formats in a variety of subject areas; supervising all serials-related projects; contributing to planning, policy and procedure development of department; performing other duties to enhance the collection and services of the library such as (but not limited to): assisting in the development, implementation, and evaluation of cataloging and bibliographic service policies, procedures, and publications based on current information and developments in the field/literature; individual and group training; and other duties as required. This position will also have some responsibility for managing electronic resources (e-journals and databases).
Requirements: The position requires a M.L.S. from an A.L.A.-accredited graduate program. A working knowledge of cataloging principles and procedures including AACR2R, LC Subject Headings and Classification, and MARC 21 formats is essential, as is a working knowledge of standard bibliographic and other reference tools. The successful candidate must also have familiarity with a range of automated processing activities. In addition, the successful candidate will have some supervisory experience and a demonstrated commitment to customer service. Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills are critical, including experience in procedure development and writing documentation. The successful candidate will be one who is customer service oriented, has a friendly and helpful manner, can work effectively with faculty and all levels of staff, possesses an aptitude for complex, analytical and detailed work, and can manage diverse assignments in a rapidly-changing and demanding environment.
Preferred: Substantial experience cataloging serials; previous library experience cataloging specialized business and/or legal materials; experience with Voyager, the library’s integrated library system; one year of cataloging experience; experience with OCLC; demonstrated interest in the issues and standards related to metadata; familiarity with initiatives to enhance access to electronic resources; teaching or training experience or teaching aptitude.
Salary: Salary is negotiable and competitive, commensurate with experience.
Position Available: Immediately; open until filled.
Reporting: The Catalog Librarian will report to the Director of Bibliographic Services, who is responsible for evaluating their performance with input from the Director of Public Services, the Library Director, faculty, and other clientele.
To apply: For immediate consideration, please e-mail a letter of interest, resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three professional references to email@example.com. You may also mail the above materials to JoAnn Hounshell, Director of Bibliographic Services, 565 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60661. Review of applications will begin immediately.
Questions? Contact: JoAnn Hounshell, Director of Bibliographic Services, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661; phone: 312-906-5675; firstname.lastname@example.org
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity in Employment Statement: It is the policy of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees regardless of race, religion, color, age, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, special disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status.
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