Description

Amherst College invites applications for the position of head of 
cataloging/metadata in the college’s library. Amherst College has profoundly 
transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and 
nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students 
are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our students identify as domestic 
students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel 
at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, 
ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and 
religion.

The head of cataloging/metadata is a full-time, year-round position, job group 
and level PT-4. The successful candidate will provide leadership and 
coordination for the library's Cataloging/Metadata unit, which has 
responsibility for ensuring that print, media and e-resources meet national 
standards and are consistent with consortial agreements and practices.

The head of cataloging/metadata creates original cataloging and develops 
cataloging/metadata policies and creates documentation and initiates 
collaborative projects to increase usage of physical and electronic materials 
by making them more discoverable and accessible. In addition, the individual in 
the position directs bibliographic and authority maintenance activities, 
ensuring database quality and accuracy;  develops strategies for improved 
discoverability and usability of the library’s resources; works collaboratively 
with acquisitions and e-resources management sections and other library units, 
as well as Five-College colleagues and the ILS manager; provides leadership to 
support the library’s role in moving to new platforms, including open source, 
in collaboration with library’s discovery team; helps develop, cultivate, and 
support a diverse workforce and student body; and leads efforts to create a 
respectful, inclusive, and welcoming environment.

Key Responsibilities

Cataloging/Metadata

Create original bibliographic records for a variety of formats and languages 
using accepted standards such as MARC, RDA or AACR2, LCSH, and LC 
classification and other standards as the catalog and discovery systems develop
Contribute to the performance of authority control and disambiguation of names 
and assist others in this work; contribute original authority work to NACO
Manage the libraries’ batch processing, analysis, and editing of records, 
working collaboratively with the e-resources librarian and the Five College 
Consortium’s ILS manager
Develop cataloging and metadata policies, create useful documentation, and 
participate in collaborative projects to increase usage of the library’s 
electronic, digital, and physical materials by making them more discoverable
Ensure that cataloging and metadata practices make resources more accessible 
and usable, with particular attention to inclusion and the needs of 
historically underrepresented groups
Improve understanding and implementation of tools and services for cataloging 
and metadata creation, such as the integrated library system and OCLC 
Connexion, including troubleshooting of these services
Lead the Cataloging/Metadata unit through planning, assembling statistics, 
analysis, and reporting

Leadership and Management

Supervise the 3.25 FTE catalogers and 1.4 FTE staff
Create and revise local policies procedures, and documentation and provide 
training
Prepare statistics and reports to help administrators make data-informed 
decisions and to provide statistics to national agencies (ACRL, IPEDS); 
contribute to library assessment activities and direct the collection of 
metrics that help reflect the productivity and breadth of services provided by 
cataloging/metadata staff 
Collaborate and consult with librarians and staff across the Five Colleges’ 
library consortium to develop consensus regarding priorities, goals, processes, 
and policies that provide consistency and improve access and usability for our 
shared collections
Participate in outreach activities, committees, and working groups of the 
library, the college, Five Colleges, and regional and national organizations as 
appropriate
Demonstrate and facilitate effective communication throughout the library and 
across the college

Qualifications

Required

Master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association 
or foreign equivalent
Minimum of three years of relevant library experience
Minimum of two years of supervisory experience
Comprehensive knowledge of cataloging standards and tools (including but not 
limited to MARC21, RDA, AACR2, OCLC, MarcEdit) andoriginal and copy cataloging 
and classification in all formats
Experience with bibliographic utilities and integrated library systems, vendor 
cataloging services, authority control services, and automated routines for 
bibliographic record maintenance
Demonstrated familiarity with and interest in current and emerging standards, 
models, applications, and initiatives such as BIBFRAME, RDF, and linked data
 Familiarity with how library resources are accessed and used (preferably in an 
undergraduate context) and a commitment to removing barriers for users
Demonstrated analytical, organizational, planning, and project management skills
A proven commitment to working closely and collaboratively across 
organizational boundaries, including a demonstrated history of effectively 
leading complex collaborative projects and programs involving diverse groups of 
stakeholders
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; the ability to advocate for 
the library to a variety of constituents and to communicate with technical and 
non-technical individuals
Competence and sensitivity in working at a college in which students are 
broadly diverse with regard to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual 
orientation, and religion.

Preferred

Five years of experience
Three years of supervisory experience
Experience cataloging complicated materials, such as music, films, or foreign 
language materials
Working knowledge of one or more foreign languages
Demonstrated ability to integrate technology into workflows
Knowledge and experience of computer programming languages and technologies to 
create, extract, transform, analyze, and manipulate data (e.g. Python, XSLT, 
Javascript, Excel, regular expressions, SQL, etc.)
Experience with preparing statistical reports

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and 
contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional 
references. Review of applications will begin on July 30, 2018, and continue 
until position is filled.

ABOUT AMHERST COLLEGE

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons 
of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to 
enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of 
its faculty, administration, and staff. 

Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is 
located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in 
the western part of the state. The college’s community is composed of about 
1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 
countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college’s 
scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book 
& Plow Farm; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of 
Natural History and Mead Art Museum; and multiple educational and cultural 
venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst 
offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a 
very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful 
surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to 
work, learn and live!

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. 
Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all 
application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free 
of charge.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Amherst College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or 
administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, national or 
ethnic origin, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual 
orientation, gender expression, and gender identity), age, disability, genetic 
information, military service, or any other characteristic or class protected 
under applicable federal, state, or local law. Amherst College complies with 
all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, including Title VII of 
the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the 
Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination 
in Employment Act. Inquiries should be addressed to the Chief Diversity and 
Inclusion Officer, Amherst College, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000.


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