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Monograph & Cartographic Resources Cataloging Librarian


Position Vacancy Announcement

Librarian (I) or Specialist Librarian (II)

Position Description: Reporting to the Head of Cataloging-Metadata, the Monograph & Cartographic Resources Cataloging Librarian will be responsible for original and complex copy cataloging of monographs and cartographic resources in a variety of languages and formats. The Monograph & Cartographic Resources Cataloging Librarian creates bibliographic and NACO-level name authority descriptions in a mixed RDA/AACR2 environment using the MARC standard and is expected to work with other metadata standards and schemas (BIBFRAME, EAD, Dublin Core) as the need arises. The Monograph & Cartographic Resources Cataloging Librarian performs subject analysis and classification using LCSH and Library of Congress Classification and is expected to work with other thesauri and organizational systems when the need arises. Other duties include:

  • Serves as the Cataloging-Metadata Department’s liaison to the Libraries’ Map Collection
  • Serves as a resource person for library staff on rules and best practices for the bibliographic description of monographic and cartographic resources
  • Participates in the problem-solving and policy-making activities of the Cataloging-Metadata Department
  • Works with departmental colleagues to develop local cataloging policies and procedures
  • Shares with library colleagues relevant information gained from professional activities and uses that knowledge to improve operations
  • Monitors cataloging trends and maintains awareness of emerging issues in bibliographic control
  • Participates in library committees, task groups, and special projects
  • Contributes to the overall goals of the department as appropriate


Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science
  • Willingness to embrace the complexities of cartographic resource description and become a proficient practitioner
  • Reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages
  • Familiarity with the RDA and AACR2 content standards
  • Proficiency with personal computers and software, the Web, and library-relevant information technology applications. Working knowledge of standard computer office applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint or other productivity software.
  • Ability to work independently and in a group; and excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing cataloging environment


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with the use of the RDA/AACR2 standards to catalog cartographic resources
  • Experience in the use of OCLC, MarcEdit and an integrated library system
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current issues in academic cataloging and metadata operations
  • Familiarity with current and emerging cataloging and metadata standards and practices


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 Library for the Health Sciences and a number of 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 Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), ARL, OCLC, 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.


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 2,800 and a permanent staff of 16,000 serving 31,000 students, almost 40% of whom are from out of state and close to 10,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs. Approximately 11% of the University’s faculty and staff and 14% of its student body are members of minority groups, and 12% 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 68,000 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, 33% of the students are minority, with 17% identifying as African-American, 9% as Latino/Hispanic, 7% as Asian-American, and .4% as Native American during the 2012/13 school year.


Salary and appointment: Start date is negotiable. Appointment will be made at the Librarian (I) or Specialist Librarian (II) level, depending on qualifications. Salary ranges: Librarian $43,000 – $46,000; Specialist $47,000 – $60,000. 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.


Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at Applications must be received by September 14, 2014.


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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