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Company Name:
University Library, Brown University
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Providence, Rhode Island
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
3-5 Years
Education level:
Master Degree

Head of Shared Cataloging

Brown University Library invites innovative and energetic applicants for the position of Head of Shared Cataloging. We are seeking a team-oriented manager who is accustomed to working in a production-focused environment. The successful candidate will have the knowledge and initiative to recognize and take full advantage of transformational opportunities as standards and tools for resource description of physical and digital collections continue to evolve.

- Reporting to the Head of Metadata Services, the Head of Shared Cataloging is a creative, detail-oriented and collaborative manager, capable of leading the work of the shared cataloging unit in a changing environment.

- The position manages 7 staff engaged in adaptive cataloging, metadata creation, and archival arrangement and description, including creation of EAD finding aids.

- This position is responsible for developing workflows, reviewing staff work, and designing and providing training for the unit.

- This position also performs both original and complex adaptive cataloging and advises on database maintenance projects.

- The incumbent serves as primary contact for the Library's identity management vendor, participates in the assessment and continuous improvement of operations and services, and contributes and updates NACO authority records.

Job qualifications

  • Required education: MLS degree from ALA-accredited program or equivalent
  • Minimum 3 years of successful experience in staff supervision in a library environment or successful training experience in cataloging/metadata
  • Minimum 3 years of experience and demonstrated proficiency with OCLC Connexion and an ILS/LSP
  • Minimum 5 years of experience and demonstrated proficiency with current cataloging rules and standards (RDA, LC-PCC PSs, LC vocabularies, MARC21, etc.) and a variety of metadata schema (MODS, EAD, etc.).
  • Knowledge of or demonstrated interest in BIBFRAME and LRM development and other library applications of linked open data.
  • Thorough understanding of the relationship between bibliographic and authority records in an automated environment, including discovery system functionality generated from MARC and non-MARC metadata.
  • Interest in developing metadata practices and technologies.
  • Excellence in the following skills: verbal and written communication, interpersonal, planning, organizational, and analytical.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
  • Reading knowledge of a foreign language
  • Interest in serving the needs of the Brown community of users and in maximizing access to the library resources.
  • Experience in working with bargaining unit staff is preferred.

To Apply: please visit Brown University's career opportunities website at:

Complete an application online, attach documents, and submit for immediate consideration. Documents should include cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Please check the status of your application through the account you create when you apply.

All offers of employment are contingent upon consent to criminal background screening check and education verification with results satisfactory to Brown.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.