Cataloging & Technical Services Librarian - ArtCenter College of Design Library

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Location: Pasadena, CA
Salary: $62,400 - $75,000
Employment Term: Full time
Employee Contact: hr@artcenter.edu

Essential Functions

Bibliographic Technical Services — 35%

  • Perform and advise on data migration, harvesting, and syncing projects for discovery services, catalog enhancements, institutional repositories, etc.
  • Provide expertise regarding innovations and trends relating to the discovery and access of library materials and proactively work in partnership with departmental staff to improve access and workflow efficiencies
  • Refresh and maintain OCLC holdings data to include the full cycle of creation, updating and deletion based on library holdings
  • Manage conversion projects such as Dewey to LC Classification, and AACR2 to RDA
  • Automate manual processes through use of schedulers and/or APIs
  • Direct batch loading and deleting activities, global editing of local bibliographic and metadata records, and maintenance and creation of record load profiles and cataloging templates
  • Problem solve and troubleshoot technical issues
  • Assist with installation, integration, migration and implementation of library software
  • Provide technical guidance with data querying and automation of processes for library staff

Cataloging — 25%

  • Perform original, complex adaptive, and copy cataloging in all formats and maintain records for library materials to facilitate access and discovery
  • Catalog materials in a variety of subject areas focusing on art and design through use of the integrated library system and standards for classification and subject terminology
  • Create authorities by individual downloads from OCLC or originally; work to convert legacy non-OCLC/LCSH authorities to these forms; follow national standards along with customized departmental standards
  • Provide expertise in the areas of cataloging and serials to library staff

Maintaining Data Integrity — 20%

  • Responsible for oversight of all aspects of record quality, authority control, and catalog integrity
  • Assess metadata accuracy, ensure records meet local and national standards, and remediate problems
  • Perform regular maintenance of metadata to keep up with changes in standards, formats, shifting collections, vendor platforms, as well as improving user experience
  • Assist in inventory projects and the ongoing deselection or storage of the collection
  • Integrate records with storage retrieval and shared print program ensuring metadata linking across platforms
  • Develop training materials and documentation for library staff in the application of metadata standards and cataloging policy and procedures, workflows, and local practice on wiki and document-sharing sites

Supervision — 10%

  • Supervise one full-time assistant cataloger
  • Train, schedule, and supervise student workers and interns assisting with cataloging and book processing
  • Manage workflows and projects using cloud-based project management platform
  • Collaborate with the department to develop goals, priorities, policies, and procedures

Statistics and Data Analysis — 5%

  • Provide assistance with GreenGlass collection analysis
  • Query data and gather statistics for analysis, reporting, surveys, and evidence-based decision making
  • Facilitate analytic reporting from various systems and use a variety of software tools for the extraction, manipulation, and visualization of data for use by various systems

Miscellaneous Job Functions — 5%

  • Maintain current knowledge of technology, collection management, and metadata emerging trends and best practices in academic libraries via professional communications and continuing education
  • Maintain memberships and active involvement in applicable professional organizations
  • Perform related duties as assigned to meet departmental, library, and institutional priorities, goals, and objectives
  • May be assigned special projects related to the Library as needed
  • Serve on college-wide committees


Required Qualifications:

  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited program
  • Thorough knowledge of electronic and traditional cataloging, classification, and authority control, as well as current standards, trends, and emerging technologies in collections management
  • At least 3 years post-MLS cataloging and technical services experience in an academic, special, or public library and a minimum 1 year supervisory experience
  • Innovative and tech-savvy with strong problem-solving skills and an aptitude for troubleshooting
  • Collaboration skills, demonstrated success working on teams, and willingness to share expertise with colleagues
  • Demonstrated experience organizing or managing projects, balancing priorities, and setting and meeting deadlines
  • Proficiency in data analysis and manipulating data using tools such as Excel and MarcEdit
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized
  • Forward thinking and able to adapt and learn new skills
  • Commitment to user-centered library services
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity
  • Awareness of the role of knowledge systems in systemic oppression, remediation of institutional biases inherent in cataloging and metadata, and collection assessments of diverse cultures and perspectives

Preferred Qualifications

  • Academic library experience with subject knowledge of art and design
  • Experience with Innovative Interfaces’ Sierra ILS, OCLC Connexion Client and Collection Manager, ClassWeb
  • Technical services skills such as FTP, scripting, and querying data with regular expressions and/or SQL
  • Experience with batch loading, editing, and deleting of catalog records
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced library environment with changing priorities

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