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    Posted: 05/Jul/2019 at 5:22pm
June 28, 2019                                                ACADEMIC POSITION PROFILE                      APP 19FA1768     

TITLE: Assistant Head, Central Technical Services, Rutgers University Libraries
NTT Librarian of Practice I or II

POSITION SUMMARY: Rutgers University Libraries (RUL) seeks a dynamic, creative, and experienced individual to provide strategic direction and leadership for the oversight of resource description for the Libraries, who will direct database and discovery systems quality assurance, and oversee the physical processing of cataloged resources. The successful candidate will assist the department head with developing best practices for resource description and participate in outreach and collaboration with appropriate faculty and staff throughout the Libraries. This position provides oversight for all operational aspects of the Alma Repository and is responsible for management/supervision of nine full-time employees, plus temporary staff and student employees who provide resource description, metadata remediation, holdings maintenance and weeding, and physical processing for all formats and all Rutgers Libraries. Participates on committees and special projects as appropriate.   May perform other duties as assigned.   

The Assistant Head will:
•     Recommend and implement best practices to ensure functionality and interoperability in the Libraries’ discovery environment to enhance library activities including best practices for cataloging, developing internal processes and library efficiencies to maintain consistent standards for resource description
•     Ensure efficient and effective delivery of resource discovery services by making recommendations on methods of outreach to faculty and staff in other Library departments
•     Develop and provide policies and procedures for resource description expertise and participate in library initiatives and projects that have a resource description emphasis.
•     Maintain knowledge of trends and best practices in metadata standards and apply appropriate technologies to support workflows and enhance service to library user communities by staying up to date on prevailing national standards (i.e. ALA)
•     Partner with library colleagues in other areas to enhance discipline-based library services
•     Foster a collaborative, inter-departmental approach to problem solving and decision-making
•     Supervise full-time staff who provide resource description for purchased and donated materials including monographs (print and electronic), serials, music and media materials, and database management for a variety of issues that would otherwise prevent efficient access to resources

•     ALA accredited MLS and a minimum of 3 years of experience in a MARC RDA environment providing cataloging and holdings management
•     Experience with a major Library Services Platform
•     Experience using OCLC Connexion for cataloging and importing bibliographic records
•     Minimum 2 year’s supervisory experience
•     Experience applying Library of Congress Classification numbers and subject headings
•     Familiarity with NLM classification, MeSH subject headings, and SuDocs classification
•     Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, plus the ability to make independent decisions and to apply good judgment
•     May be required to lift/carry or push/pull up to 50 lbs. and may be required to work with older materials that may be dusty and fragile

•     Experience with Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo VE.
•     Supervisory experience of union employees, preferably full-time staff
•     Experience working in an academic library technical services.
•     Original cataloging experience for a variety of formats (serials, monographs, music, media, etc.).
•     Ability to read one foreign language, preferably Western European.

SALARY: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

STATUS/BENEFITS: Faculty status, twelve-month appointment, retirement plan, life/health insurance, prescription drug, dental and vision plans, tuition remission, 22 vacation days annually.

LIBRARY PROFILE: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Chartered in 1766 as Queen’s College, Rutgers is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States, a land-grant university, and a member of the Association of American Universities, the Big Ten, and the CIC. More than 67,000 students and 22,000 faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world. Rutgers includes Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, and Rutgers University–Camden. Rutgers comprises 33 schools and colleges and is home to more than 300 research centers and institutes. The university is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to providing services, solutions, and clinical care that help individuals and the local, national, and global communities where they live.

Rutgers University Libraries are the intellectual center of the university—serving all members of the university community, supporting all disciplines, and playing a key role in advancing student learning and faculty research. The Libraries serve Rutgers–New Brunswick, Rutgers–Newark, Rutgers–Camden, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. The Libraries have a highly valued staff of about 300, who are committed to developing innovations in undergraduate support, information control, and digital initiatives. The Libraries operate with a budget of $34 million and have outstanding collections, especially in New Jerseyana and jazz. Collectively, the Libraries’ holdings include more than 4.8 million volumes. The Libraries hold memberships in ARL, CNI, CRL, Lyrasis, METRO, NERL, VALE, SPARC, and the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions; use ALMA/EX LIBRIS and OCLC as primary bibliographic utilities; and utilize a Fedora-based institutional repository.

Central Technical Services is a central unit of the Libraries and is located on Busch Campus in Piscataway. The building is accessible by car or via the University public transportation system.

For more information about Rutgers University Libraries, please check the Libraries website:


All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, military service or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment.

The Libraries are strongly and actively committed to diversity, and seek candidates who will contribute creatively to the University’s multicultural environment.

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