Bloomington, IN: Head of Area Studies Cataloging Assistant, Indiana University Bloomington

The Cataloging operations within the Technical Services division pertain to non-MARC metadata and traditional MARC cataloging of library resources in a variety of formats and wide range of languages. Cataloging staff actively participate in national programs including BIBCO, CONSER, NACO, SACO, OCLC Enhance, and National Enhance. The Libraries’ integrated library system is SirsiDynix Symphony.

The Indiana University Libraries seek a knowledgeable, innovative, dynamic, and service oriented individual to direct, coordinate, and manage the activities of Area Studies Cataloging, which is one of five sections in the Cataloging department.  Area Studies Cataloging is responsible for cataloging monographs in Slavic, East Asian, Middle Eastern, Central Eurasian, and African vernacular scripts.


Reporting to the Head of Cataloging, the individual in this position will:

· Direct, coordinate, and manage the activities of Area Studies Cataloging, including the supervision and evaluation of two librarians and 5.5 FTE support staff
· Monitor national and international cataloging standards and trends and adapt local policies and processes appropriately
· Initiate projects and innovative procedures to address cataloging needs
· Collaborate with other Technical Services managers on planning and problem resolution
· Serve as the Cataloging liaison to Area Studies collection managers
· Create full-level original bibliographic and authority records, including vernacular script fields, for Area Studies languages materials
· Contribute to developments in the field of metadata/cataloging through active professional engagement and research, presenting and publishing in appropriate venues



  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library or information science
  • Minimum of two years of relevant professional experience in original cataloging, preferably in a large academic research library
  • Ability to effectively manage workflows, projects, and people
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the following metadata content standards and tools: MARC21; Resource Description and Access (RDA); Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd ed., revised (AACR2); Library of Congress classification and subject headings; Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC); national programs for shared bibliographic (BIBCO) and authority records (NACO and SACO)
  • Familiarity with linked data concepts and developing standards such as BIBFRAME
  • Evidence of effective planning, document writing, and implementation of cataloging policies or projects
  • Language skills and cultural knowledge to create bibliographic records with non-Latin script and to accurately describe, provide authorized access points, and assign subject headings for materials in one or more of the languages covered by Area Studies Cataloging
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities in a rapidly changing environment
  • Sound interpersonal skills, including the ability to participate as an effective member of the departmental management team and to direct the work of catalogers in a collaborative environment
  • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track appointment


  • Two years or more of successful experience in a supervisory or management position
  • Experience with OCLC and a substantial level of experience with integrated library systems
  • Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends that affect academic libraries and higher education
  • Supervisory experience


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education; benefits include a university healthcare plan, university-funded base retirement plan, a 100% university paid group life insurance plan, and a generous paid time off plan. This is a tenure-track academic appointment that includes eligibility for sabbatical leaves once achieving tenure. For a full list of benefit programs, please refer to the following resources:


Review of applications will begin Friday, September 2, 2016.  The position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at: Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: Jennifer Chaffin, Director of Human Resources, Libraries Human Resources, Herman B Wells Library 201, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 – Phone: 812-855-8196 – Fax: 812-855-2576 – Email:

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