[Videolib] Visual Resources/Media Cataloging Vacancy

Catherine M. Von Elm (cvonelm@pobox.upenn.edu)
Tue, 30 Sep 2003 09:45:46 -0400 (EDT)


Please see below for a vacancy at the University of Pennsylvania which might be of
interest to subscribers of this list.

Cathy Von Elm
Head of Circulation, Current Periodicals and Microforms
Van Pelt Library
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104

University of Pennsylvania Library

Patricia and Bernard Goldstein Information Processing Center

Visual Resources and Media Cataloging Librarian

The University of Pennsylvania Library seeks a dynamic, creative and forward thinking
professional to assume responsibility for managing the ongoing cataloging of visual
resources and diverse media. This position is responsible to the Head, Original
Cataloging Department, one of a number of units that make up the Information Processing
Center. The Library is a member of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging and
contributes to the NACO, BIBCO and SACO Programs.

The successful candidate must have an understanding of current issues affecting visual
resources cataloging in a rapidly changing information and technical environment and of
trends in providing access to digital information, as well as experience in cataloging
media of all kinds. To be effective the candidate must also possess strong collegial and
interpersonal skills, be able to work effectively with staff at all levels of the
organization and flourish in a high intensity work environment.

As the University of Pennsylvania Library rapidly develops the digital library, there is
a growing reliance on the descriptive and organizational skills of staff in the
Information Processing Center. The Visual Resources and Media Cataloging Librarian will
have an opportunity to play a major role in developing innovative methods to describe
digital information, in building crosswalks between MARC and other metadata, and in
working with staff outside the unit on metadata projects.


Supervises the cataloging of video and other media resources for the University
Performs original and complex copy cataloging of visual materials representing
all levels of difficulty, all subjects, languages and formats according to national
standards and contributes to the Program for Cooperative Cataloging.
Assists with the Library's management of a rapidly growing visual resources
Works closely with high-level paraprofessionals and assists same in problem solving.
Catalogs electronic/digital materials with MARC records and creates non-MARC
metadata records for national and local digital projects.
Collaborates with the Library's digital team to devise metadata standards for
the Library's digital presence.
Investigates, experiments with and implements new approaches for creating and
manipulating bibliographic data, including extended and creative uses of metadata.
Acts as resource for digital library projects for establishing and applying
metadata standards.
Other cataloging responsibilities as assigned.


An accredited MLS degree or the equivalent in theory and practice with a minimum
of 3 years related experience.
Working knowledge of video and other media resources cataloging procedures and
principles including AACR2, LCSH, LC classification, MARC21 and national standards.
Current awareness of national trends and developments in cataloging, metadata
standards and information retrieval.
Knowledge of metadata schema in order to be flexible and innovative in
approaching cataloging problems.
Excellent analytic and problem solving skills.
Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and time-management
skills with strong service orientation.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team in a dynamic environment.
Reading knowledge of at least one European language and facility in working with
other languages.
Ongoing commitment to professional development and growth.


Highly competitive and commensurate with experience. (Minimum starting salary
range $40,000, plus)

The University of Pennsylvania offers tuition remission (including generous
spousal and dependent children benefits), an excellent pension program with a
University match, mortgage/housing assistance, childcare program, excellent area
schools, and many other fringe benefits.


Candidates are asked to submit a letter of application, a complete resume, and the
names, addresses and phone numbers of three references who can address the suitability
of the candidate for the responsibilities above. Nominations and applications should be
sent to Mr. Robert Eash, Library Human Resources Officer, University of Pennsylvania
Library, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (e-mail to: reash@pobox.upenn.edu)

Applications received by November 3, 2003 will receive first consideration.


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