Cataloging Librarian -- University of North Texas -- Denton, TX

The Cataloging and Metadata Services Department at the University of North Texas Library is seeking to hire a Cataloging Librarian to work collaboratively with department, division, and other library personnel to perform original and complex cataloging of materials, including media/DVDs and electronic resources.

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Summary of position
The Cataloging Librarian will report to the Department Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services (CMS) and will be responsible for catalog records and related data resources in a variety of formats, including DVDs and media. The librarian will work collaboratively within the CMS department to showcase our values, catalog resources, develop and implement policies and procedures, and facilitate planning and process improvements. The librarian will perform original and complex copy cataloging by providing full and accurate resource description and subject analysis according to international and local standards. The Cataloging Librarian will also work with Library’s other departments and divisions, specifically with the Collection Development Department and Media Library.

UNT librarians hold fixed duration non-tenure track faculty status, and are expected to participate in scholarly, professional, and service activities that enhance their departmental responsibilities.

Position Responsibilities
Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:

  • Perform original and complex copy cataloging of materials in formats and languages cataloged in CMS, including media/DVDs, books, periodicals, classed serials, and electronic resources.
  • Download, edit, and load vendor-supplied bibliographic record files using MarcEdit, III Sierra, and other tools, ensuring compliance with current cataloging standards and practices.
  • Proactively evaluate workflows to improve automation, quality, and efficiency of work, and participate in the development of departmental goals, policies, procedures, and priorities.
  • Perform name, title, and subject authority work.
  • Participate in cooperative metadata endeavors, such as OCLC and NACO.
  • Perform bibliographic maintenance and database cleanup to resolve problems and ensure bibliographic and authority records meet local and national standards.
  • Participate in the hiring, training, supervision, and evaluation of staff, students, and interns.
  • Manage projects with respect to deadlines, prioritization, and completion.
  • Prepare administrative and statistical reports, as assigned.
  • Cooperate with Collection Development and Collection Assessment Departments to improve cross-division workflows.
  • Work collaboratively with the Digital Projects Unit on policies and standards for metadata records.
  • Keep abreast of current and developing standards, practices, and policies for cataloging and metadata, and disseminate information to colleagues as appropriate.

Required Qualifications
The preferred candidate will possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree, or equivalent, in Library or Information Science.
  • Strong working knowledge of metadata standards and best practices, specifically RDA and MARC.
  • Familiarity with cataloging tools. (For example: OCLC Connexion, MarcEdit, ClassWeb, RDA Toolkit)
  • Familiarity with complex copy and original cataloging.
  • Familiarity with an integrated library system.
  • Familiarity with current issues and principles regarding cataloging.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, excellent organizational skills, and ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to build effective work relationships.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, privacy, and accessibility.

Preferred qualifications
We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop these preferred skills. We strongly encourage those who are passionate about fostering diverse, inclusive, and equitable libraries to apply. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals, especially people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ+ individuals.

The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:

  • Experience cataloging DVDs, Blu-rays, and streaming media.
  • Experience in acquiring, batch editing, and loading files of vendor-supplied bibliographic records.
  • Evidence of scholarly activities and participation in professional service.
  • Familiarity with III Sierra.
  • Familiarity with OCLC Connexion.
  • Familiarity with MarcEdit.

Special application instructions
Applicants must submit a CV, a cover letter and a list of three professional references with their online application. The cover letter must include a statement of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Salary and Rank
Salary is dependent on experience with a minimum of $51,412.00 (Assistant Librarian rank), $56,412.00 (Associate Librarian rank) and $63,412.00 (Librarian rank).

Librarian rank will be determined by the Dean in consultation with the Library-wide Personnel Affairs Committee through review of the selected candidate’s education, experience, scholarly and professional involvement, and service.

EEO Statement
The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

University overview
The University of North Texas is a student-centered public research university with nearly 40,000 students. A Carnegie-ranked Tier One public research university, UNT is one of the nation’s most diverse universities. UNT has been designated as both a Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution and stands committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in its pursuit of academic excellence.

With 7.5 million people and two international airports, DFW is the fourth-largest metro area in the United States. DFW is racially, ethnically, religiously, and culturally rich and maintains a long-standing commitment to the arts exemplified by local attractions such as the Dallas Arts District and the Fort Worth Cultural District. UNT’s proximity to these major metropolitan centers ensures that our new colleague will be able to access a wide range of activities and cultural experiences. The university also has a generous benefits, leave and perks package.

UNT is located in Denton, Texas, a growing city with a small-town feel and a thriving arts and music scene centered on its downtown Square and is connected by highways and light rail to the major transportation hubs and big-city attractions of Dallas and Fort Worth, about 40 miles away.

Libraries overview
A wide range of student- and faculty-centered services are the cornerstone of the Libraries' integral role in the University of North Texas community. As the most-used service on campus and an essential component of education and research at the University of North Texas, the Libraries offer access to an abundant collection of more than 6 million items (print and digital) along with expert personnel to assist patrons in achieving their academic and scholarly goals. We provide innovative and inclusive programs and support to enhance the intermingling of teaching, learning, and research at UNT.

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