Position Description

Librarian 2/Head of Cataloging and Metadata
Req ID 663
Department Library
Location Ewing, New Jersey
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The R. Barbara Gitenstein Library at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invites applications for a full time 12-month, tenure-track Head of Cataloging and Metadata. The successful candidate will be responsible for effective librarianship, scholarship, and service. 

Summary of Responsibilities

Cataloging: Provide leadership and vision in all aspects of cataloging/metadata and authority control; coordinate the work of a team of professional catalogers; train and supervise paraprofessional catalogers. Work with the Assistant Dean of Technical Services, the Acquisitions Librarian, and the Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian to facilitate workflows. Working with other librarians, assume primary responsibility for developing policies and procedures for cataloging materials in all formats including curricular materials, special materials, electronic resources, and serials. Create original cataloging and revise copy cataloging for a variety of formats.

Reference: Provide limited reference service in collaboration with the public services librarians.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide professional oversight of the cataloging department, staff, workflow, and processes including quality control, staff training, and bibliographic record maintenance, ensuring database quality and accuracy based on evolving cataloging standards and practices.
    • Coordinate the work of the cataloging unit consisting of three librarians (two part-time) and four paraprofessional staff.
    • Oversee the cataloging of materials in all formats including curricular materials, special materials, electronic resources, and serials.
    • This position will have a central role in planning and implementing new workflows after the library’s move to a new library services platform (Alma).
  • Maintain professional understanding and extensive knowledge of cataloging standards and practices, classification systems, and bibliographic and authority formats.
  • Oversee cataloging authority control and create/maintain local authority control policies and procedures.
  • Enhance bibliographic records supplied by vendors and other sources using appropriate tools for batch editing, transforming, and processing for loading to the new Alma platform.
  • Create original bibliographic records as needed for a variety of formats in a full range of subject areas.
  • Fulfill institutional cooperative cataloging commitments such as the Library of Congress Name Authority Cooperative (NACO) and Monographic Bibliographic Record Cooperative (BIBCO) Programs.
  • Working with other librarians, assume primary responsibility for developing policies and procedures to optimize the discoverability of the library’s resources.
  • Based on qualifications and experience, may be called upon to revise DACS-based descriptions of archival materials.
Additional Responsibilities
  • Participate in professional organizations. Contribute to research, scholarship, and professional conferences and publications. Serve on institutional committees. Carry out other activities required to attain tenure.


Required:  ALA-accredited Master’s degree; at least three years professional-level, recent cataloging experience; extensive knowledge of cataloging standards and practices including RDA, LC-PCC PS, AACR2, LCRIs, LCC, LCSH, and MARC21; knowledge of current and emerging metadata standards (including BIBFRAME); ability to implement new cataloging standards and procedures; strong computing skills; excellent communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills; detail orientation, initiative, flexibility and a strong service orientation are essential.

Preferred: Supervisory experience; experience cataloging electronic resources and serials; experience with OCLC services, library services platforms (preferably Alma), DDC, NACO, BIBCO, CONSER, authority control procedures, non-MARC metadata initiatives, and automated procedures and software for bibliographic maintenance and enhancement such as MarcEdit, OpenRefine, and XML/XSLT tools. Familiarity with archival description. Record of scholarly/professional activity. Additional graduate degree is highly desirable.

About The College of New Jersey

Located within an hour, by train, of New York City and Philadelphia, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is a highly selective institution that is consistently recognized as one of the top comprehensive colleges in the nation. Founded in 1855 as the New Jersey State Normal School, TCNJ maintains the fifth highest four-year graduation rate among all public colleges and universities. It is ranked by Money as one of the top 15 public colleges “most likely to pay off financially,” and U.S. News & World Report rates it the No. 1 public institution among regional universities in the northeast. In 2006, TCNJ was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter—an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally. TCNJ has been recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education on its honor roll of “Great Colleges to Work For.” The College's campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty.

A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJ's seven schools: Arts & Communication; Business; Education; Engineering; Humanities & Social Sciences; Nursing, Health & Exercise Science; and Science. The College also offers focused graduate programs in Business, Counseling, Education, English, Integrative STEM, and Nursing & Public Health. TCNJ faculty members and librarians are teacher-scholars and librarian-scholars who share a commitment to liberal learning.

The R. Barbara Gitenstein Library is a five-story, 135,000-square-foot facility that serves as an intellectual, cultural, and social center for the College. In addition to housing traditional library collections and services, the building provides 26 group study rooms, two instructional computer labs, a cafe, a late-night study area, and a 105-seat multi-purpose auditorium. The library's collections consist of more than 700,000 volumes that have been selected by faculty and subject librarians to support course offerings of the College and to provide a broad representative collection of titles across many disciplines. The library has access to more than 67,000 periodical titles in a variety of formats.

Appointment and Application Information

Appointment will be commensurate with experience, at the rank of Librarian II (Assistant Professor in the Library), AFT salary range 26. Competitive benefits package, with many options including TIAA/CREF. This position is available April 1, 2019.

To apply, please send a cover letter describing how your credentials meet the needs described in this ad, a current copy of your curriculum vitae, and contact information (including telephone numbers and email addresses) for at least five professional references to Forrest Link, Chair, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Search Committee. Applications must be submitted online through our applicant tracking system, Taleo. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but must be received by February 1, 2019 in order to ensure full consideration.

To enrich education through diversity, The College of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff, and strongly encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Employment is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.

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