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Special Collections Cataloging Coordinator

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KU Libraries

$50,000.00 - $60,000.00 (Yearl

Lawrence, KS

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Required: •ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent from a foreign institution by date of appointment. •Minimum two years’ experience with rare book cataloging in an academic or research library setting. •Demonstrated experience with Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM) standards, Resource Description and Access (RDA), Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and the MARC21 formats. •Minimum of one year of supervisory experience. •Reading knowledge of at least one western European language other than English. •Excellent written communication as demonstrated by application materials. Preferred Qualifications: •Demonstrated proficiency and capability with information technology systems in the context of an academic library, e.g. OCLC, Voyager, RDA Toolkit, Catalogers’ Desktop. •Experience cataloging a variety of bibliographical formats, including but not limited to: monographs, serials, sound recordings, manuscripts, visual materials, etc.

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Full-Time Permanent

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Open until Filled

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Professional Responsibilities (70%) •Manages daily cataloging operations, including supervision of staff, distribution of materials to department staff, serving as a resource for cataloging questions, and carrying out quality control. •Provides original and complex copy cataloging for materials published in multiple languages in Spencer Research Library’s collections according to national & local standards. •Manages the inventory project which verifies that retrospective materials match the bibliographic records, adds holdings statements and creates item records. •Recruits, trains, supervises, and evaluates the work of the Special Collections Cataloging Unit staff and student assistants. •Establishes cataloging priorities for collections material based on unit resources and organizational needs, including determining appropriate levels of treatment for groups of materials. •Maintains awareness of best practices and emerging standards/technologies related to special collections cataloging. •Along with the Manuscripts Coordinator, serves as a member of the Department’s Management Team, a peer body that oversees the planning and administrative functions of the Department. Works closely with the other unit heads in the Department and staff throughout the libraries on matters relating to published materials in Spencer. •Demonstrates a commitment to advancing diversity efforts and contributes to an inclusive environment. Research (20%) •Contributes to the profession's collective knowledge by engaging in scholarly research activity. Research may involve the publication of articles, books, book reviews, grant-supported inquiry, or editorial work. Service (10%) •Engages in service to the Libraries, the University and to professional organizations by participating in committee work, projects, and other contributory achievements.

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