Acquisitions and Discovery Cohort
The Ohio State University Libraries seeks a cohort of innovative
tenure-track faculty librarians to join our team to redesign
acquisition and discovery activities.
The recently formed Acquisitions and Discovery program comprises
multiple units managing work in the arenas of content ordering,
receiving, licensing and negotiation, bibliographic description,
metadata creation and management, access management for electronic
resources, and description and processing of special collections
Head of Bibliographic Initiatives
The Ohio State University seeks an innovative and collaborative
individual to join our team of faculty and staff catalogers in the
role of Head of Bibliographic Initiatives. This new position will
lead and collaborate in a vibrant cataloging environment to ensure
high-quality bibliographic description is created in a timely and
efficient fashion. Engages with consortial partners, including
OhioLINK and Big Ten Academic Alliance, to leverage distributed
skills and identify efficiencies in cataloging. Seeks opportunities
to lead and innovate in the University Libraries and the profession
through adopting workflow automation, exploration of linked data
and other emerging frameworks for bibliographic metadata, and
shaping bibliographic description to meet the needs of diverse user
communities in a dynamic discovery environment. Collaborates with
Metadata Initiatives Librarian to position the University Libraries
for the future of user-centered description of library
- Lead bibliographic description initiatives for library
collections, including continuous improvement of practices through
workflow development and automation, engagement with the discovery
environment, and local policy development. Ensures timely and
quality cataloging of newly received materials, and collaborates in
stewardship of the catalog as a whole.
- In collaboration with the Metadata Initiatives Librarian and
other partners, prepare University Libraries for the transition
from the present MARC focused environment to one that facilitates
the management and use of linked data. Build ongoing training and
education programs to support the changing environment for
- Engage as member of the leadership team of Acquisitions and
Discovery with responsibility for optimizing description and
discovery of library collections and to address common needs for
description and identity management. Actively partner across
University Libraries, including with Information Technology and the
Metadata Initiatives Librarian and content specialists, to
understand needs and develop efficient and effective workflows for
bibliographic records creation, use, and re-use.
- Identify and execute projects to improve discovery of
collections. Partners with Information Technology and other areas
of the library to leverage tools and techniques for efficient
creation of user-centered description, including automation and
data re-use. Continues effort to internationalize access to
- Manage staffing resources for bibliographic description.
- Participate proactively on library-wide committees, task forces
and teams, and represents the University Libraries in consortia
- Contribute to developments in the arena of bibliographic
metadata through active professional engagement and research,
presenting and publishing in appropriate venues.
- An ALA-accredited master’s degree, a master’s degree with
specialization in archives, a master’s degree in museum studies or
a comparable graduate degree in one of the above fields from a
non-U.S. university, reviewed on a case by case basis.
- Deep expertise and considerable experience with cataloging of
library collections in a variety of formats and languages, gained
through at least five years of professional experience.
- Detailed knowledge of bibliographic metadata standards,
including RDA, MARC, LCC, and LCSH, and experience creating and
working with authority data, such as LC authorities, VIAF, ORCID,
- Experience in project planning, workflow development, and/or
- Demonstrated practice of engaging with current and emerging
issues, trends, workflows, and best practices in description of
library collections, including knowledge of linked data.
- Ability to work effectively and creatively in a collaborative
and complex environment.
- Flexibility and creativity in leading change in rapidly
evolving metadata management environments
- Experience in designing and implementing batch processes for
working with bibliographic records.
- Experience with analyzing and remediating existing metadata to
meet current standards.
- Experience working with non-bibliographic library metadata
standard such as Dublin Core, VRA Core, METS or MODS.
- Success in leading change initiatives.
- Success in reviewing workflows and redeveloping work.
- Supervisory experience.
- Experience in developing and implementing training
Discover Ohio State:
For 147 years, The Ohio State University's campus in Columbus
has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for
innovation. It's where friendships are forged. It's where rivalries
and revelry are born.
The University's main campus is one of America's largest and
most comprehensive. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20
public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a
top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and
research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a
physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research
centers located around Ohio.
University Libraries promotes innovative
research and creative expression, advances effective teaching,
curates and preserves information essential for scholarship and
learning at Ohio State, and shares knowledge and culture with the
people of Ohio, the nation, and the world. Our libraries provide
access to deep research collections, an extensive offering of
online resources available anytime anywhere, and special
collections of exceptional quality and distinction. University
Libraries participates actively in OhioLINK and Big Ten Academic
Alliance. Additional information about The Ohio State University
Libraries is available at http://library.osu.edu.
These positions are full-time, permanent, 12-month appointments.
For appointment as a tenure-track faculty member, the candidate
will be required to meet university and University Libraries
requirements for promotion and tenure. Salary, position type, and
faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience.
All of the benefits available to you reflect Ohio State’s
commitment to provide high-quality, affordable plans and represent
a significant component of your total rewards for working at Ohio
State. The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22
days vacation, 15 days sick leave, 10 holidays, medical, dental,
vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5
times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices
are also available. For a summary of benefits, see:
Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
Preference will be given to applications received by:
- Head of Bibliographic Initiatives (December 4, 2017)
Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary history and
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Contact Information: Kristin Gall, Human
Resources Associate, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210,
The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity
employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or
protected veteran status.