Librarian I, Libraries

East Lansing, MI
Mar 10, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Michigan State University has been working to advance the common good with uncommon will for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU focuses its vast resources and collaborative power on creating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, while providing life-changing opportunities to a vibrant and diverse community of students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

Posting Number: 5094

Internal Posting Date: 03-09-2017

Internal Closing Date: 04-06-2017

External Closing Date: 04-06-2017

Review of Applications begins on:

Job Title: Librarian I

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Multiple Position Numbers: No

Major Administrative Unit/College: Libraries

Primary Department: 10056536 LIBRARIES

Position Employee Group: Continuing System Academic Staff-FAS

Appointment Basis: Annual Year, 12 months

Appointment Status: Continuing System Academic Staff

Employment %: 100


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Varied Work Hours (if applicable):

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Faculty: Salary Range Support Staff: Pay Minimum $52,000

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Position Summary: Special Collections Cataloging Librarian, Librarian I

Reporting to the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, this librarian is responsible for original and complex copy cataloging of Special Collections materials, including but not limited to rare books, serials, popular culture and radicalism materials in a variety of languages and subjects. Participates in problem solving, policy and procedure development and other support of Special Collections cataloging, including the potential for staff supervision.

The successful candidate must be broadly focused, adventurous and willing expand or shift their range of responsibilities to meet evolving campus needs, as well as participate in an approximately quarter-time secondary assignment based on the needs of the library and candidate interests; may include work in areas such as reference, information literacy or collection development.

Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in the continuing appointment system and are engaged in professional development and scholarly activities related to their position in addition to serving on library and university committees as elected or assigned. Other appropriate duties as assigned.

Michigan State University Libraries serve more than 5,500 faculty, 39,000 undergraduates, and 11,000 graduate and professional students on a park-like campus of over 5,000 acres.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications Support Staff: Minimum Requirements Master's degree in information or library science from a program accredited by the American Library Association. Excellent oral and written communication skills; outstanding interpersonal communication skills including the ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment; exceptional commitment to customer service; ability to work enthusiastically and effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff; ability to work collaboratively and independently; ability to prioritize and balance various unit needs; attention to detail; preparation and commitment to engage in scholarly activity consistent with a library faculty appointment; capacity and commitment to independently pursue continuing professional development.

Typing Requirements (wpm):

Desired Qualifications: Sufficient reading knowledge of Latin, and one or more modern European languages to catalog items; familiarity with current and emerging cataloging standards and practices, particularly RDA and DCRMB, and metadata issues and applications; experience with MARC bibliographic and authorities formats and cataloging and classification standards; experience with a cataloging utility and a local integrated library system. Knowledge of book history as it applies to the description of rare materials.

Summary of Health Risks and Physical Demands (if applicable):

Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
Cover Letter

Optional Applicant Documents: Other Document
Learning Philosophy
Work/Writing Sample
Research Interests
Research Funding

Number of Reference Letters Required: No letters required

Special Instructions to Applicants: Minimum $52,000; MSU provides generous fringe benefits.
Interested applicants should provide a letter of application, resume and names, addresses and email addresses of three references.

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Name/Title/Email Address of Search Committee Chair: Jacquelyn Hansen/Unit Human Resources Administrator/AHOLAJAC@MSU.EDU

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Union Affiliation: Non Union

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.


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