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Technical Services Specialist - Cataloging/Metadata

Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
  • Job Code
    114086435


Amherst College invites applications for the Technical Services Specialist - Cataloging/Metadata position. The Technical Services Specialist - Cataloging/Metadata is a full time, year round position, job group and level AO-4. 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 studentsidentify 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 Technical Services Specialist for Cataloging edits bibliographic and item records in the online catalog for Amherst College users and worldwide library partners. Works closely with the Head of Cataloging/Metadata to ensure timely turnaround, efficient workflows and high quality service for acquired materials. Trains and supervises student processing assistants. Participates fully as a member of the Technical Services department.

The Specialist takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Copy cataloging - Independently performs copy cataloging using bibliographic records in the online databases for books, films and sound recordings, edits and updates records to conform to local practices, Five College policies, and national standards, reviews call numbers and subject headings using Library of Congress databases, responsible for problem solving on complex copy cataloging records from Acquisitions Section staff, updates Library's holdings in international database on the web for Amherst community and researchers world-wide, process Access Services lost and missing lists by deleting records from online catalog and international database; creates excel spreadsheets for Chair of Collection Development for replacement decisions, maintains working knowledge of library policies and procedures, engages in departmental discussions about best practices and policy change, updates shared documentation as needed
  • Metadata - For items digitized from the Archives, create an abstract summary describing significant elements according to local policies and practices, assign access points using the national standards of the Library of Congress name and subject authority databases, preparation for description may involve becoming familiar with the general background of the collection and its place in time
  • Supervision of student assistant(s) - Trains students in creating labels for shelving materials using UMD-print software, provides quality control for physical processing done by student assistants, works collaboratively with Access staff to ensure a steady workflow of materials for the open stacks and expedites items requested for reserve or faculty/student research

QUALIFICATIONS

Required
  • Associate's degree
  • Impeccable attention to detail along with effective productivity
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Proficient computer skills and ability to learn new software
  • Commitment to working with a diverse and inclusive community

Preferred
  • Bachelor's degree
  • 1-3 years library experience
  • Experience or knowledge of cataloging or metadata
  • Familiarity with a foreign language
  • Experience supervising others and providing training
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Interestedcandidates are asked to 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 October 14, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.


ABOUT AMHERST COLLEGE
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 about1,800 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!

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<br/><br>Amherst College invites applications for the Technical Services Specialist - Cataloging/Metadata position. The Technical Services Specialist - Cataloging/Metadata is a full time, year round position, job group and level AO-4. 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 studentsidentify 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.<br><br>The Technical Services Specialist for Cataloging edits bibliographic and item records in the online catalog for Amherst College users and worldwide library partners. Works closely with the Head of Cataloging/Metadata to ensure timely turnaround, efficient workflows and high quality service for acquired materials. Trains and supervises student processing assistants. Participates fully as a member of the Technical Services department.<br><br>The Specialist takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.<br><br>Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:<br><ul><li><strong>Copy cataloging - </strong>Independently performs copy cataloging using bibliographic records in the online databases for books, films and sound recordings, edits and updates records to conform to local practices, Five College policies, and national standards, reviews call numbers and subject headings using Library of Congress databases, responsible for problem solving on complex copy cataloging records from Acquisitions Section staff, updates Library's holdings in international database on the web for Amherst community and researchers world-wide, process Access Services lost and missing lists by deleting records from online catalog and international database; creates excel spreadsheets for Chair of Collection Development for replacement decisions, maintains working knowledge of library policies and procedures, engages in departmental discussions about best practices and policy change, updates shared documentation as needed</li></ul><ul><li><strong>Metadata - </strong>For items digitized from the Archives, create an abstract summary describing significant elements according to local policies and practices, assign access points using the national standards of the Library of Congress name and subject authority databases, preparation for description may involve becoming familiar with the general background of the collection and its place in time</li></ul><ul><li><strong>Supervision of student assistant(s) - </strong>Trains students in creating labels for shelving materials using UMD-print software, provides quality control for physical processing done by student assistants, works collaboratively with Access staff to ensure a steady workflow of materials for the open stacks and expedites items requested for reserve or faculty/student research</li></ul><br><b>QUALIFICATIONS</b><br><br>Required<br><ul><li>Associate's degree</li><li>Impeccable attention to detail along with effective productivity</li><li>Strong time management and organizational skills</li><li>Ability to work independently and collaboratively</li><li>Proficient computer skills and ability to learn new software</li><li>Commitment to working with a diverse and inclusive community</li></ul><br>Preferred<br><ul><li>Bachelor's degree</li><li>1-3 years library experience</li><li>Experience or knowledge of cataloging or metadata</li><li>Familiarity with a foreign language</li><li>Experience supervising others and providing training</li></ul><b>APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS</b><br><br>Interestedcandidates are asked to 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 October 14, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. <br> <br> <br><strong>ABOUT AMHERST COLLEGE <br>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 about1,800 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!<br/> <img src="https://analytics.click2apply.net/v/2VdeGPFKPVYkTZVPFJ1ln"> <p>PI114086435</p>

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Posted: 2019-09-28 Expires: 2019-10-29

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