Head of Area Studies Cataloging Librarian

Bloomington, Indiana
Commensurate with experience
Apr 26, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution




The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries seek knowledgeable, innovative, dynamic, service-oriented librarian to provide leadership for Area Studies Cataloging, one of five sections in the Cataloging department. 


Reporting to Head of Cataloging, will: direct, coordinate, manage activities of Area Studies Cataloging, including hiring, supervision, evaluation of two librarians and five FTE classified staff; answer questions concerning cataloging and resolve complex cataloging problems; monitor national and international cataloging standards and trends and adapt local policies and processes appropriately; write and maintain relevant cataloging and training documentation; explore, plan, implement, evaluate projects and innovative procedures to address cataloging needs, improve efficiency, and enhance user services; collaborate with other Technical Services managers on planning and problem resolution; serve as  Cataloging liaison to Area Studies collection librarians; create full-level original bibliographic records, including vernacular script fields, for Area Studies languages materials, with focus on Slavic materials; perform associated name, series and subject authority control work and participate in the Name Authority Cooperative Program (NACO); contribute to developments in field of metadata/cataloging through active professional engagement and research; promote Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion, support values outlined in the Libraries’ Diversity Strategic Plan (https://libraries.indiana.edu/file/diversity-strategic-plan-20162017pdf).


Required: ALA-accredited graduate degree in library or information science or international equivalent; candidates with advanced degree in relevant subject area and appropriate experience in an academic setting will also be considered; minimum two years  relevant professional experience in original cataloging; ability to effectively manage workflows, projects, and people; demonstrated working knowledge of  MARC21, Resource Description and Access (RDA), and the Library of Congress classification and subject headings; understanding of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC),and its national programs for shared bibliographic (BIBCO) and authority records (NACO and SACO); evidence of effective planning, document writing, implementation of cataloging policies or projects; language skills and cultural knowledge to accurately describe, provide authorized access points, and assign subject headings for materials in Russian and other Slavic languages; excellent oral and written communication skills in English; ability to meet requirements of a tenure-track position at the IU Libraries (https://libraries.indiana.edu/file/promotion-and-tenure-criteria-iub-librarians-pdf).

Preferred: two years or more successful experience in management position; experience with OCLC and substantial level of experience with integrated library systems.

For complete posting with additional responsibilities, required and preferred qualifications, and benefit programs information go to https://libraries.indiana.edu/job-postings-librarians.


To apply:

For full consideration, applications must be received by Friday June 4, 2021.  

Position remains open until filled. Interested candidates should review application requirements and submit their application at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com.

Questions regarding position or application process can be directed to: Jennifer Chaffin, Director of Human Resources, Libraries Human Resources, Herman B Wells Library 205, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 - Phone: 812-855-8196 - Fax: 812-855-2576 - Email: [email protected]. Expected start date:  October 1, 2021. For more information about Indiana University Bloomington go to https://www.indiana.edu.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

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