Monday, October 3, 2016

University of Iowa: Cataloging Librarian for Chinese-Language Materials


Cataloging Librarian for Chinese-Language Materials, Cataloging-Metadata Department
Specialist Librarian (PLB2/4A) or Expert Librarian (PLB3/5A)

Position Description: Under the general direction of the Head of Cataloging-Metadata, the Cataloging Librarian for Chinese-Language Materials performs original and complex copy cataloging in all formats and across all subjects with a focus on Chinese-language resources. The individual in this position joins a team of five other professional catalogers who together share system-wide ! responsibility for all original and complex cataloging of materials in English and other languages. This position requires skills in Chinese-language cataloging and the ability to apply general cataloging principles to one or more additional languages.

Specific Duties and responsibilities include:
  • Create, enhance, and maintain bibliographic records for print, non-print, and digital materials in Chinese and one or more additional languages, providing accurate physical descriptions, determining appropriate access points, and assigning classification or inventory control numbers to items.
  • Actively participate in the Cataloging-Metadata leadership team, contributing to department-level planning and the formulation of cataloging policies and procedures.
  • Keep abreast of developments in cataloging standards and trends, applying new rules, interpretations, and techniques as appropriate.
  • Create authority records in accordance with NACO standards; contribute to the national authority file.
  • Provide support, training, and functional supervision of Library Assistants and/or student employees who perform technical services functions (including copy cataloging) for materials in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
  • Provide expertise as needed to library staff in acquisitions, circulation, and interlibrary loan in response to user requests for Chinese-language materials. 
  • Review problems and recommend solutions for non-Roman script issues across library systems.
  • Create non-MARC descriptive metadata for predominantly English-language items in local repositories, digital collections, and finding aids. 
  • Contribute to the profession through service, research, publishing, and/or teaching.
    Participate in and contribute to relevant library and University-wide activities and committees.
    Represent the University Libraries in campus-wide and inter-institutional initiatives.
    Additional job duties as assigned based on individual knowledge, skills, and abilities.

  • ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library and Information Science;
  • To qualify at the Specialist Librarian level: A minimum of two years professional experience, with the equivalent of at least one year of professional experience cataloging Chinese-language materials in an academic library, plus demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate's value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.
  • To qualify at the Expert Librarian level: A minimum of four years professional experience, with the equivalent of at least two years of professional experience cataloging Chinese-language materials in an academic library, plus evidence of continuing achievement, particularly at the national level, in an area of professional interest that will enhance his/he value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.
  • High level of professional competency in written and spoken Chinese and understanding of the ALA-LC Romanization scheme for Chinese (pinyin); familiarity with both simplified and traditional Chinese scripts.
  • Knowledge of RDA, LC/PCC PS, LC classification, LCSH, and USMARC formats, and a working knowledge of authority control and AACR2.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based setting where consultation, flexibility, collaboration and cooperation are essential.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the mission of a research university and the mission and functions of a large research library.
  • Familiarity with Unicode and issues related to t! he input, indexing, and display of CJK scripts in one or more library systems.
  • Prior experience with non-MARC metadata formats including Qualified DC and/or EAD.
  • Ability to read Japanese and/or Korean and an understanding of relevant Romanization rules.
  • Basic understanding of current trends in metadata including linked data and BIBFRAME.
  • Experience cataloging in OCLC Connexion.
  • Familiarity with the systems and tools used in the department including one or more of the following: Alma, Primo, ArchivesSpace, MarcEdit, and/or Cataloger's Desktop.
  • Familiarity with tools and procedures for batch manipulation of cataloging and metadata records.
  • Successful completion of NACO training.
Application Procedure: To apply, visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on Oct. 31, 2016.

Salary and appointment: Appointments will be made at either Specialist Librarian (PLB2-4A) within a salary range of $50,000 to $64,000, or Expert Librarian (PLB3-5A) within a salary range of $55,000 to $81,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Start date is negotiable. The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, your choice between two retirement plans and two University of Iowa health insurance plans, dental insurance, pre-tax child and health care spending accounts, and additional options.

Universal Competencies:
  • Positive Impact/Achieving Results: Ability to utilize existing resources and learning ! to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.
  • Service Excellence/Customer Focus: Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.
  • Collaboration and Embracing Diversity: Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, nationalities, genders, ages, etc.
The University of Iowa Libraries: The University of ! Iowa Libraries system consists of the Main Library, the Hardin Librar for the Health Sciences and 5 branch libraries. The Libraries has more than 5 million volumes including thousands of electronic resources and coordinates the development and maintenance of the University's locally-created open access digital resources including the Iowa Digital Library, featuring close to a million digitized texts, images, and audio and video recordings, as well as Iowa Research Online, our institutional repository. Our special collections include over 200,000 rare books, ranging in age from the 15th century to newly created artists' books.

Library systems are built on a mix of open source, locally developed, hosted services, and vended applications primarily from Ex Libris, OCLC, and Microsoft. The University of Iowa is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, HathiTrust, ARL, OCLC, Library Publishing Coalition, DPN, ORCID, CRL, SPARC, CNI, CLIR, LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, and Portico. The Libraries provides a program of support for ! professional development activities and its staff members are actively engaged in national cooperative efforts. Lastly, we are a founding member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance.

The University and Iowa City: A major research and teaching institution, the University of Iowa offers internationally recognized programs in a diverse array of academic, medical, and artistic disciplines, from otolaryngology to fiction writing, printmaking to space science, hydraulic engineering to dance. The University consists of a faculty of 2,700 and a permanent staff of 13,000 serving just over 32,000 students, more than 33% of whom are from out of state and close to 8,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs. Approximately 9% of the University's faculty and staff and 17% of its student body are members of! minority groups, and 13% of the students are from foreign countries.

The University of Iowa is home to the Writers' Workshop, the oldest graduate creative writing program in the country, and the blueprint for many of the creative writing programs that now thrive on campuses worldwide. It is also home to the International Writing Program where, since 1967, over a thousand writers from more than 120 countries have participated. The University has recently instituted a program in creative writing in Spanish. In 2008, UNESCO designated Iowa City as a world City of Literature.

Iowa City is a community of some 71,000 people (more than 150,000 live in the surrounding area) with excellent educational, recreational, and cultural advantages. It is consistently cited in the national media as a city with an excellent quality of life. The city is readily accessible via interstate highways and a major airport is only 30 minutes away. The community is growing in its diversity; within the Iowa City Community School District, 35.4% of the students are minority, with 19.8% identifying as Black, 8.4% as Hispanic, 6.7% as Asian/Pacific Islander, and .3% as Native American during the 2014/15 school year.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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