Electronic Resources Cataloger & Discovery Services Librarian

at University of Iowa Libraries (view profile)
Location Iowa City, Iowa
Date Posted December 9, 2021
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
Apply Here http://p.rfer.us/UIOWAMcA9XF
Education Requirements ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $52,500
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $65,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary


The University of Iowa Libraries seeks an innovative and collaborative librarian for the newly created Electronic Resources Cataloger & Discovery Services Librarian. Reporting to the Director of Cataloging-Metadata, this person will provide high quality metadata for a vast array of electronic resources and serve as the department contact for e-resources. The incumbent will also actively work across departments to optimize our discovery solutions, including working with staff in Library IT, Acquisitions, and public services. The UI Libraries use a variety of proprietary and open-source systems, including Ex Libris’ Alma and Esploro, Islandora, and ArchivesSpace, all of which have their data piped into our discovery system, Ex Libris’ Primo (locally branded as InfoHawk+).


Specific Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Review and, as needed, enhance cataloging of electronic resources including integrating resources, e-books, electronic journals, and licensed databases, according to established standards and national and local best practices. Perform complex copy or original cataloging for individual electronic resource titles as needed.
  • Working closely with staff in Acquisitions and Library IT, manage the metadata for the Libraries’ collection of subscription electronic resources. Develop and streamline procedures and workflows for electronic resources and resolve discovery and access problems arising from obsolete or incorrect information appearing in bibliographic records or portfolios.
  • Working with the Catalog Management Librarian and Library IT staff, manage some batchloading and maintenance of catalog records received from vendors. Use data-loading tools and batch processes and manage, prepare, and facilitate the loading of e-resource record sets into Alma, as well as perform e-record maintenance.
  • Serve as a contact for public services staff with questions regarding access to electronic resources. Manage the troubleshooting and resolution of access issues to content in consultation with other library staff as needed.
  • Evaluate the potential use of services and technologies to enhance the efficiency and quality of cataloging procedures and workflows for electronic resources.
  • Identify, evaluate, and stay current with emerging trends, practices, and standards in cataloging, metadata, electronic resources, discovery, and user behavior that have potential for enhancing access to electronic resources for users.
  • Working closely with metadata specialists, members of Library IT, and public services staff, evaluate discovery and access of metadata through the UI’s library discovery system, Ex Libris’ Primo (locally branded as InfoHawk+), and recommend changes to profiles as needed. Metadata comes from Alma (MARC), Islandora (MODS), Esploro (Dublin Core), and ArchivesSpace (EAD).
  • Working closely with public services staff and members of Library IT, plan ongoing development, user testing, and analysis of Primo in a methodical, organized, phased approach.
  • Actively participate in the Cataloging-Metadata leadership team, contributing to department-level planning and the formulation of cataloging policies and procedures.
  • Keep abreast of developments in cataloging standards and trends, applying new rules, interpretations, and techniques as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the profession through service, research, publishing, and/or teaching.
  • Participate in and contribute to relevant library and University-wide activities and committees.
  • Represent the University Libraries in campus-wide and inter-institutional initiatives.
  • Actively supports the University of Iowa Libraries commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion (DEAI) in the workplace.
  • Additional job duties as assigned based on individual knowledge, skills, and abilities.


Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.
  • Two or more years of related library experience and demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.
  • Recent experience cataloging in OCLC Connexion.
  • Knowledge of issues related to electronic resources cataloging.
  • Knowledge of RDA, LC-PCC PS, LCC, LCSH, LCGFT, LCDGT, LCMPT, and MARC21 formats, and familiarity with authority control and AACR2.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based setting where consultation, flexibility, collaboration, and cooperation are essential.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, access and inclusion in the workplace or community.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the mission of a research university and the mission and functions of a large research library.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Recent experience cataloging electronic resources.
  • Experience with the systems and tools used in the department including one or more of the following: Alma, Primo, Islandora, Esploro, ArchivesSpace.
  • Experience with discovery systems, user testing, and content management systems.
  • Familiarity with non-MARC metadata formats including Qualified DC, MODS, or EAD.
  • Familiarity with BIBFRAME and linked data, and a general understanding of transition paths from MARC to BIBFRAME.
  • Bibliographic knowledge of one or more languages in addition to English.
  • Successful completion of NACO training.


Application Details:


To apply for the position: http://p.rfer.us/UIOWAMcA9XF
Applications are only accepted through the Jobs@UIOWA website.


In order to be eligible for interview, applicants must upload the following and mark them as “relevant files” when you upload the documents:


  1. Current resume
  2. Cover letter that clearly addresses how you meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position, as well as any of the listed desired qualifications you might hold.


The Specialist Librarian classification starting salary range is $52,500 - $65,000.  This position is on extended advertising through early January 2022, and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.  Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and degree verification.  Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.


Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.


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