Thursday, January 5, 2012

OCLC: Diversity Fellowship Program (Metadata/Quality Control)

OCLC is currently seeking candidates for a Diversity Fellowship Program (Metadata/Quality Control) position at our Corporate Headquarters in Dublin (Columbus), Ohio.

The Fellow will work for 6 months with the contract cataloging-related services and then 6 months with quality control.  This joint cooperative opportunity will provide well-rounded exposure to cataloging rules, practices, standards, processes, and challenges from both libraries’ and OCLC’s perspectives.  The Fellow will be provided with overviews of OCLC services and processes, learning opportunities to develop technical skills, and will be asked to meet objectives contributing to the success of each unit. 


Metadata Contract Services:  The Fellow will gain experience in cataloging and collection development of diverse sets of materials that can be used in future professional growth by learning about the varying needs of libraries and material-supplier partners.  The Fellow will be working along with the production cataloging staff as well as individually performing tasks such as:

·       Understanding the cataloging process from beginning to end
o   Performing order entry of inbound library and vendor materials
o   Cataloging multiple material types for client libraries including some non-English materials; this experience will include creating and contributing new records to WorldCat and enhancing existing records per client specifications and within specified timeframes
o   Performing local edits to records prepared for delivery to libraries per libraries’ specifications and requirements for their automated systems and local cataloging conventions
o   Perform shelf-ready physical processing tasks in accordance with library collection specifications
·       Receive training on OCLC services to complete assigned tasks and become familiar with related tools including Cataloger’s Desktop, Library of Congress ClassWeb, OCLC WebDewey, Connexion Client, and other OCLC services as applicable
·       Learn about RDA (Resource Description and Access) from staff who have completed training and participated in the test phase of this new code

Quality Control: The Fellow will learn to process and correct identified sets of problem/error master records in the WorldCat database including reporting problems with Library of Congress (LC) records directly to LC.  A wide variety of problems incorporating all aspects of the cataloging record will be included in this work.  The Fellow will also learn the basics of NACO processing of name and series authority records and gain familiarity with the PCC (Program for Cooperative Cataloging).  The Fellow will have training in processing and merging duplicate records in various formats including books, serials, scores, sound recordings, maps, and computer files.  The Fellow will have the opportunity to gain a broad overview of database maintenance for the largest bibliographic database in the world.  The Quality Control Section is part of OCLC’s WorldCat Quality Management Division.  


·       ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree (granted by July 2012)
·       Have less than three years post graduate work experience
·       Some familiarity with MARC, AACR2 and/or RDA, Dewey Decimal Classification or Library of Congress Classification, Library of Congress subject headings (course work would be acceptable)
·       Desire to specialize in cataloging/technical services
·       Fluent reading skills in a language other than English (preferred)
·       Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity in issues of diversity and inclusion:  strong awareness of other cultures and viewpoints, appreciation for the benefits of diversity in the workplace and library community, behavior which demonstrates the ability to work with people at all levels and from different backgrounds
·       Strong organizational skills which include the ability to organize work plans and processes toward a targeted outcome
·       Exceptional communication skills – written, oral, small group presentation
·       Selected individual must represent historically underrepresented groups (i.e., defined in a manner consistent with the 2007 EEO-1 race/ethnicity reporting classifications)
·       Note:  The Fellow will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement as some of the vendor processes to which he/she will be exposed are proprietary

Salary and Benefits

·       Salary will be very competitive and commensurate with experience and applicable market compensation
·       The Fellow will be eligible for health & welfare benefits such as is provided to other similarly situated term-limited employees
·       Relocation Assistance will be offered in the form of a lump sum distributed in two installments (50% at signing of offer and 50% after 90 days of start date).  The amount of the lump sum will be determined by the distance required for relocation during the term of the fellowship

Application Procedures

The OCLC Diversity Fellowship Program 2012 Program Guidelines document can be found at:

For complete application procedures look for the “program guidelines” document found on a link on the right side of the web page noted above and also look at the link for the specific position.  The application initiation and all required submissions (original essay and two letters of recommendation) MUST be completed and received by Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 5:00pm ET.  Materials received after Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 5:00pm ET will not be considered.

Timeline and Key Dates

2012 Program Applications Accepted : until February 28, 2012
2012 Application Deadline: February 28, 2012
2012 Fellow Selection Process: April 2012
2012 Notification of Decision: April/May 2012
2012 Fellowship Program Starts: July 2012
2012 Fellowship Program Ends: 12 months after start date

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  OCLC maintains an ongoing commitment to equal opportunity and seeks to sustain a diverse workplace.

Cynthia M. Whitacre
Manager, WorldCat Quality & Partner Content Dept.
800-848-5878, ext. 6183