Head of Metadata and Collection Management

University of San Francisco
USF Hilltop Campus

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title:

Head of Metadata and Collection Management

Job Summary:

The University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library|Geschke Learning Resource Center seeks an inclusive, innovative and user-focused individual as Head of Metadata & Collection Management. This position leads the recently combined departments of Acquisitions & Collection Management and Cataloging & Metadata Management. As a member of the library leadership team, this individual will advance the library’s efforts to transform and improve the management and discovery of our collections. The library is committed to cultivating an inclusive environment that supports USF's Jesuit mission and seeks candidates with demonstrated ability, interest, or experience working with diverse faculty, staff, and students.

Full Job Description:

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Collection Services, the Head of Metadata & Collection Management leads a team of 6.0 FTE staff and librarians in acquisitions and cataloging functions ensuring that library information resources are rapidly and accurately ordered, received, processed, and described in the library’s catalog and discovery interfaces (currently Innovative Interfaces Inc. Sierra and EBSCO EDS).

In collaboration with the Associate Dean for Collection Services, the incumbent provides leadership and develops collection management strategies for selection, deselection, description, and evaluation of resources in all formats and subjects of the general library collection; performs regular and ongoing assessments, including investigating how well our collections represent diverse cultures and perspectives and serve the needs of diverse campus communities in alignment with our Collection Development Diversity Statement and other strategic initiatives; monitors acquisitions expenditures; evaluates workflows with an eye toward increasing efficiencies and better supporting students and faculty; and collaborates closely with other department heads and liaison librarians on collection management activities.

Additional duties include: hiring and training staff and librarians; participating in local and national professional organizations; service to the USF community; and other duties as assigned. Evening and weekend hours may be required. Librarians are part of the USF Faculty Association (USFFA), an AFT collective bargaining unit. Appointment is at the Associate Librarian level.

ALA accredited MLIS or MLS degree, and five or more years experience in acquisitions, collection management, and/or cataloging & metadata operations.

- Evidence of successful supervision of staff and complex operations.

- Excellent time management skills and the ability to effectively set and prioritize individual and departmental goals.

- Capacity to lead and manage transformational change.

- Working knowledge of current, evolving, and innovative models of collection development and assessment.

- Working knowledge of cataloging and metadata best practices, standards (MARC21, LCCN, LCSH, RDA, DC, etc) and emerging trends.

- Solid interpersonal, written and oral communications skills.

- Demonstrated experience or interest in working with diverse groups, cultural humility, and ability to support the advancement of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

Preferred Experience:
Any combination of the following:
- Proficiency with data collection, analysis, and using data to make evidence-based decisions.

- Experience with creating collection management policies and strategies.

- Ability to analyze workflows and implement service improvements in light of local and national library trends.

- Familiarity working with library budgeting practices; and, experience working with vendors and negotiating license agreements.

Additional Application Requirements:

Gleeson Library aims to work vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people. We acknowledge, respect, and celebrate differences and commonalities. We also acknowledge the roles our institution and many other academic libraries play, both historically and today, in the ongoing subjugation of Black people and the intersections between librarianship and systemic racism. We affirm that Black Lives Matter.

- Shawn P. Calhoun, Acting Library Dean (June 2020 from the Black Lives Matter Statement)

Gleeson Library is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and infusing these values in our work. Recent examples include the creation of an EDI-focused collection development policy, creating community engagement guides, and teaching EDI-focused learning outcomes. Gleeson Library believes that anti-racist work is an ongoing commitment — it is not something one can check off a list. Doing this work and grappling with our histories is uncomfortable, but that will not stop us from engaging with it or taking action, and learning how to do better along the way.

Special Instructions:

Please include an EDI statement of 250–500 words addressing the following:
The University of San Francisco is an institution committed to social justice and to creating an inclusive environment for all. What initiatives or contributions in the area of EDI are you most proud of that exemplify your awareness and sensitivity towards promoting an inclusionary work environment? Please also briefly describe what you have learned working with diverse populations.


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