Head, Western European Cataloging, Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, Bloomington IN





The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries seek a dynamic, innovative, and collegial individual to serve in the position of Head, Western European Cataloging Section. 


Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington has grown from a small state seminary into the flagship campus of a great public university with over 42,000 students and almost 3,000 faculty. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of IU Bloomington and its world-class contributions in research and the arts. The campus covers over 1,800 wooded acres and is distinctive for both its park-like beauty and an architectural heritage inspired by local craftsmanship in limestone.


The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries (http://www.libraries.iub.edu) are among the leading academic research library systems in North America, having recently been named the top university library by the Association of College and Research Libraries. The IUB Libraries provide strong collections, quality service and instructional programs, and leadership in the application of information technologies. The IU Libraries system consists of twenty libraries on the Bloomington campus, five libraries in Indianapolis, and a library at each of the other six campuses across the state. The collections support every academic discipline on campus and include more than 6.6 million books, journals, maps, films, and audio/visual materials in over 900 languages. Users can access more than 400 databases, 43,000 electronic journals, and 224,000 electronic books, as well as locally developed digital content.


The Cataloging Division operations within the Technical Services Department pertain to non-MARC metadata and traditional MARC cataloging of library resources in a variety of formats in Western European, Slavic/East European, Middle Eastern, and Chinese/Japanese/Korean languages.  Division staff actively participate in national programs including BIBCO, CONSER, NACO, SACO, OCLC Enhance, and National Enhance.  In addition, the Division is responsible for database maintenance, the coordination of record loads, authority control, and physical processing.  The Libraries' integrated library system is SirsiDynix Symphony.



Reporting to the Associate Dean for Technical Services, the Head, West European Cataloging Section will:

·         Manage section operations and budgets including the direct supervision of three librarians and one professional/administrative appointee responsible for overseeing a staff of nineteen performing non-MARC descriptive metadata creation, original and complex copy cataloging of monographs, continuing resources, media, maps, electronic resources, and other bibliographic formats in Western European languages

·         Provide guidance and direction to four unit supervisors on issues relating to the management, planning, coordination, and establishment of procedural and cataloging policy

·         Assist in the original cataloging of monographs as part of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) including the creation of NACO authority records for contribution to the Library of Congress Authority File (LCAF)

·         Develop and manage projects in the application of metadata to support growing digital collections          

·         Plan, organize, and evaluate effectiveness and efficiency of cataloging procedures to ensure that workflows are both cost-effective and responsive to the needs of other library departments and of library users

  • Assist in the development and implementation of Kuali OLÉ (Open Library Environment)

·         Serve as an active member of the Cataloging Division Heads

·         Keep abreast of national developments in RDA and other cataloging standards and best practices as they emerge and develop

·         Contribute to the developments in the field of metadata/cataloging through active professional engagement and research, presenting and publishing in appropriate venues




·         ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library Science (MLS) or equivalent combination of education and experience

·         At least three years of increasingly responsible and relevant managerial and professional metadata/original cataloging experience in an academic or research library system

·         Demonstrated ability to provide strong leadership and management and to work collaboratively in an environment of continuous change

·         Demonstrated evidence of strong planning, organizational, budgetary, analytical, and project management skills

·         Demonstrated working knowledge of cataloging rules, standards, and tools such as RDA, AACR2, LCSH (and other controlled vocabularies), FRBR, FRAD, and of developments and trends in the field

·         Knowledge of evolving metadata standards and schema (i.e., MARC, BIBFRAME, Dublin Core, EAD, TEI, etc.)

·         Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment

·         Excellent communication skills

·         Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track librarian position


·         Knowledge of one or more foreign languages

·         Ability to handle multiple responsibilities in a rapidly changing environment

·         Record of innovation and creative problem-solving, with an interest and involvement in emerging digital information environments

·         Experience with OCLC and a substantial level of experience with integrated library systems

·         Evidence of an ongoing record of professional development and contribution

·         Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends that affect academic libraries and higher education



Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education; benefits include a university healthcare plan, university-funded base retirement plan, a 100% university paid group life insurance plan, and a generous paid time off plan.  This is a tenure-track academic appointment that includes eligibility for sabbatical leaves.  For a full list of benefit programs, please refer to the following resources:

Website: http://www.indiana.edu/~uhrs/benefits/neweeo-profe.html

Video: http://www.indiana.edu/~uhrs/benefitsvideo/academic.html

Brochure:  http://hr.iu.edu/pubs/books/IU-benefits_broch.pdf



For full consideration, applications must be received prior to March 21, 2014.  Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at:  https://indiana.peopleadmin.com.  Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: 


Jennifer Chaffin

Director of Human Resources

E-mail: libpers@indiana.edu

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