(20171003) Head of Bibliographic Initiatives

Acquisitions and Discovery Cohort


The Ohio State University Libraries seeks a cohort of innovative tenure-track faculty librarians to join our team to redesign acquisition and discovery activities.


The recently formed Acquisitions and Discovery program comprises multiple units managing work in the arenas of content ordering, receiving, licensing and negotiation, bibliographic description, metadata creation and management, access management for electronic resources, and description and processing of special collections content.


This cohort of librarians will join the University Libraries during an exciting period of pivotal transition as we implement a new strategic plan aligned with the University’s priorities. Not only will the successful candidates enrich existing faculty and staff expertise, but will join the Libraries as we seek to grow and cultivate agile practices that value iterative change through experimentation and risk-taking. The cohort, under the direction of the Acquisitions and Discovery Strategist, will join a team of program area leaders and collaborate in building innovative processes throughout the lifecycle of library collections. The University Libraries is actively building a new discovery environment to ensure a user-centered experience of seamless discovery, access, and delivery of library resources.

Head of Bibliographic Initiatives

The Ohio State University seeks an innovative and collaborative individual to join our team of faculty and staff catalogers in the role of Head of Bibliographic Initiatives. This new position will lead and collaborate in a vibrant cataloging environment to ensure high-quality bibliographic description is created in a timely and efficient fashion. Engages with consortial partners, including OhioLINK and Big Ten Academic Alliance, to leverage distributed skills and identify efficiencies in cataloging. Seeks opportunities to lead and innovate in the University Libraries and the profession through adopting workflow automation, exploration of linked data and other emerging frameworks for bibliographic metadata, and shaping bibliographic description to meet the needs of diverse user communities in a dynamic discovery environment. Collaborates with Metadata Initiatives Librarian to position the University Libraries for the future of user-centered description of library collections.



  • Lead bibliographic description initiatives for library collections, including continuous improvement of practices through workflow development and automation, engagement with the discovery environment, and local policy development. Ensures timely and quality cataloging of newly received materials, and collaborates in stewardship of the catalog as a whole.
  • In collaboration with the Metadata Initiatives Librarian and other partners, prepare University Libraries for the transition from the present MARC focused environment to one that facilitates the management and use of linked data. Build ongoing training and education programs to support the changing environment for bibliographic description.
  • Engage as member of the leadership team of Acquisitions and Discovery with responsibility for optimizing description and discovery of library collections and to address common needs for description and identity management. Actively partner across University Libraries, including with Information Technology and the Metadata Initiatives Librarian and content specialists, to understand needs and develop efficient and effective workflows for bibliographic records creation, use, and re-use.
  • Identify and execute projects to improve discovery of collections. Partners with Information Technology and other areas of the library to leverage tools and techniques for efficient creation of user-centered description, including automation and data re-use. Continues effort to internationalize access to information.
  • Manage staffing resources for bibliographic description.
  • Participate proactively on library-wide committees, task forces and teams, and represents the University Libraries in consortia partnerships.
  • Contribute to developments in the arena of bibliographic metadata through active professional engagement and research, presenting and publishing in appropriate venues.


Required qualifications:

  • An ALA-accredited master’s degree, a master’s degree with specialization in archives, a master’s degree in museum studies or a comparable graduate degree in one of the above fields from a non-U.S. university, reviewed on a case by case basis.
  • Deep expertise and considerable experience with cataloging of library collections in a variety of formats and languages, gained through at least five years of professional experience.
  • Detailed knowledge of bibliographic metadata standards, including RDA, MARC, LCC, and LCSH, and experience creating and working with authority data, such as LC authorities, VIAF, ORCID, ISNI, etc.
  • Experience in project planning, workflow development, and/or writing documentation.
  • Demonstrated practice of engaging with current and emerging issues, trends, workflows, and best practices in description of library collections, including knowledge of linked data.
  • Ability to work effectively and creatively in a collaborative and complex environment.
  • Flexibility and creativity in leading change in rapidly evolving metadata management environments
  • Commitment to librarianship, scholarship, and service which are required criteria to meet University and University Libraries requirements for promotion and tenure.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in designing and implementing batch processes for working with bibliographic records.
  • Experience with analyzing and remediating existing metadata to meet current standards.
  • Experience working with non-bibliographic library metadata standard such as Dublin Core, VRA Core, METS or MODS.
  • Success in leading change initiatives.
  • Success in reviewing workflows and redeveloping work.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience in developing and implementing training programs.


Discover Ohio State:

For 147 years, The Ohio State University's campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. It's where friendships are forged. It's where rivalries and revelry are born.

The University's main campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.

University Libraries promotes innovative research and creative expression, advances effective teaching, curates and preserves information essential for scholarship and learning at Ohio State, and shares knowledge and culture with the people of Ohio, the nation, and the world. Our libraries provide access to deep research collections, an extensive offering of online resources available anytime anywhere, and special collections of exceptional quality and distinction. University Libraries participates actively in OhioLINK and Big Ten Academic Alliance. Additional information about The Ohio State University Libraries is available at http://library.osu.edu.


These positions are full-time, permanent, 12-month appointments. For appointment as a tenure-track faculty member, the candidate will be required to meet university and University Libraries requirements for promotion and tenure. Salary, position type, and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience.



All of the benefits available to you reflect Ohio State’s commitment to provide high-quality, affordable plans and represent a significant component of your total rewards for working at Ohio State. The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days vacation, 15 days sick leave, 10 holidays, medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see:




Join Us!

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Preference will be given to applications received by:

  • Head of Bibliographic Initiatives (December 4, 2017)

Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary history and requirements to Kristin Gall at gall.108@osu.edu. Please include the title of the position for which you are posting in the subject field.


Contact Information: Kristin Gall, Human Resources Associate, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-292-5794.


The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Posted Date: 
10/03/2017 to 11/03/2017