[Metadatalibrarians] Job posting: Penn State University Library - Serials Cataloging-Librarian

Linda Ballinger linda.ballinger at gmail.com
Wed Sep 15 09:47:14 PDT 2021

 The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invites applications and
nominations for a full-time, tenure-line faculty appointment as Serials
Cataloging Librarian in the Cataloging & Metadata Services Department.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for
advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace
individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both
broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and
institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help
them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element
of our public service mission. More information on Penn State’s commitment
to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence can be found by visiting
http://equity.psu.edu/psu-diversity-statement. Information about the
University Libraries’ Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
efforts can be found by visiting https://libraries.psu.edu/about/diversity.

*Position Summary*

Reporting to the Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services (CMS), the Serials
Cataloging Librarian is responsible for cataloging new serials (continuing
resources: journals, periodicals, newspapers, open access titles), managing
retrospective cataloging projects, as well as reviewing vendor serial
records and licensed serial content. The Serials Cataloging Librarian works
in concert with other faculty in the department in support of the Program
for Cooperative Cataloging’s (PCC) constituent programs: NACO, SACO,

As a full-time, tenure-line faculty librarian, the Serials Cataloging
Librarian is expected to participate in library, college, and university
governance and devote time to research, scholarly activity, and service to
the University, the public, and the profession. Incoming faculty benefit
from the strong mentoring program developed by the University Libraries to
support incoming faculty in tenure-line appointments in fulfilling
expectations in the areas of librarianship, research, and service.

*Responsibilities and Duties:*

   - Performs original and complex copy cataloging (bibliographic
   description, subject analysis, classification, and authority control) for
   serials in all formats.
   - Serves as Penn State’s CONSER (Cooperative Online Serials Program)
   representative, contributes records to CONSER, and participates in the
   program’s initiatives and membership meetings.
   - Serves more broadly as a PCC liaison, keeping a closer eye on
   PCC-related conversations and reporting back, and providing training as
   - Provides consultation to the Cataloging & Metadata Services Department
   and serves as a Faculty Resource to the Serials Cataloging Team.
   - Reviews vendor’s serial records and makes recommendations as to their
   utility and quality.
   - Catalogs open access serials as part of CONSER’s Directory of Open
   Access Journals (DOAJ) initiative and in support of Penn State’s embrace of
   open access and open educational resources.
   - Supports a commitment to diversity and the library’s shared values.
   - Engages in research, publication, and professional service as required
   of tenure track/tenured faculty.

*Required Qualifications:*

   - Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution.
   - Three to five years experience cataloging serials in an academic
   - Familiarity with the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) and its
   - Knowledge of cataloging and classification standards, including
   MARC21, RDA, CONSER, and LCC.
   - Excellent written and oral communication skills.
   - Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and
   workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff,
   and student population.
   - Reading knowledge of at least one non-English language.

*Desired Qualifications:*

   - Previous experience with CONSER.
   - Active engagement with authority work in NACO, including in-house
   - Experience working within a consortia (such as the Big Ten Academic
   Alliance (BTAA)).
   - Familiarity with shared print arrangements.
   - Proficiency in languages other than English.

*Environment: *

The Penn State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State,
advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong
learning, all in support of the University's strategic goals in teaching,
research, service, and outreach. The University Libraries is ranked among
the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the
Association of Research Libraries' investment rankings, and provides
services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout
Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve more than 6,400 faculty and 46,800
students at University Park, and approximately 97,500 students university
wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit
from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn
State is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of
American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-Grant
Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of
Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the
Center for Research Libraries, Digital Preservation Network, AP Trust,
SPARC, CNI, the ACRL Diversity Alliance, and a number of other

The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a
university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a
vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime
rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day's drive
to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh.
The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights
to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit. For more
information, please visit http://www.libraries.psu.edu (
http://www.libraries.psu.edu) and http://www.cbicc.org

*Compensation and Rank: *Tenure-line and salary dependent upon
qualifications and experience.

Candidates for the rank of Assistant Librarian should possess a graduate
degree in library or information studies or other appropriate degree; must
have demonstrated potential ability as a librarian; and must have shown
promise of growth in research and service.

Candidate for the rank of Associate Librarian should possess the same
qualifications as the Assistant Librarian, demonstrate excellence in
librarianship, show evidence of an established reputation in research, and
have a strong record of service to the University and the profession.

Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health
care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational
privileges. In addition, faculty in the University Libraries are afforded
funds for professional development travel annually. Faculty may be asked to
travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events and
those trips are reimbursed at full cost within limits established by the

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online and
at the same time at the time of application*. Interested candidates should
upload the following:

   - Letter of application including a diversity statement
   - Resume or *vita*
   - Names and contact information of three professional references
   (including email addresses).

Review of applications will begin in September 2021 and continue until
position is filled.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of
background check(s) in accordance with University policies.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and
Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State
publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR).
The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning
campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime
prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The
ASR is available for review here

Employment with the University will require successful completion of
background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

EEO is the Law

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is
committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified
applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected
veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due
to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

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