POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
University of Florida
George A. Smathers Libraries
Chair, Cataloging and Discovery Services
Chair and Associate University Librarian or Chair and University Librarian
The George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, seeks applications and nominations for the position of Chair for Cataloging and Discovery Services. The department provides descriptions for and access to materials and resources held at the University of Florida in all formats and subjects, including unique and cultural heritage collections. The department actively supports the digital publishing and data curation programs of the Smathers Libraries.
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Discovery and Access, the Chair for Cataloging and Discovery Services is a tenure track library faculty position which provides leadership, strategic vision and direction for fully integrating emerging metadata standards and linked data technologies into academic library cataloging practices. The Chair leads the department in implementing best practices and coordinates ongoing development of departmental staff committed to continual improvement. The Chair collaborates with departmental colleagues to achieve the department’s goals, establish policies and procedures to escalate discoverability of collections in all material formats in accordance with library-wide priorities and support the Smathers Libraries’ commitment to cooperative cataloging programs. These initiatives require wide consultation throughout the department and the library and considerable delegation of responsibilities to staff project groups. Additionally, this position is a key member of the Library’s management team, ensuring organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and development of policies for library operations that are attentive to users’ experience.
The faculty in the department are actively engaged in standards development at the national and international level. The successful candidate will be a forward thinking leader who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the progressive nature of librarianship, the format of library collections, and the role of cataloging and metadata in extending discovery for library users. The Cataloging and Discovery Services department is active in the national and international cooperative cataloging initiatives of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) — BIBCO, NACO, SACO, and CONSER. The expectation is that the strong participation in these programs will serve to shape, transform, advance and redefine the purpose of cataloging and discovery both locally and nationally.
The Chair will include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work activities to support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society. This position will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.
· ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent advanced degree in a relevant information field.
· Appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank requires a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience; and appointment at the University Librarian rank requires 12 or more years of relevant experience at an advanced level.
· Demonstrated leadership role in an information environment.
· Strong management portfolio with experience leading change, supervising and promoting collaboration.
· Expertise in national metadata content standards (e.g., RDA, AACR2, DACS, etc.), expertise in MARC and non-MARC encoding/structural standards (e.g. MODS, XML, EAD, etc.), or expertise in integration of emerging standards related to machine-readability.
· Expertise necessary to enhance the discoverability of information resources.
· Demonstrated knowledge of digitization practices related to cataloging.
· Evidence of fostering staff professional development and growth.
· Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, administrators and the general public.
· Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion (outlined at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/cdh).
· Familiarity with the linked data environment, including emerging library initiatives (e.g. BIBFRAME) and name identifier systems (e.g., ORCID, ISNI).
· Working knowledge of a foreign language.
· Experience contributing bibliographic and authority records using national Program for Cooperative Cataloging standards or other national or international programs for descriptive, structural, and administrative metadata.
· Experience using metrics to assess effectiveness.
· Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.
· Experience working in an environment advancing digital initiatives.
· Record reflecting substantive scholarship and research.
The search will remain open until filled, applications will be reviewed as received. Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system athttp://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/495010/chair-cataloging-and-discovery-services. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply.