Head, Cataloging and Metadata, Rod Library

Head, Cataloging and Metadata

Rod Library

The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Rod Library seeks a collaborative individual, with exceptional leadership skills, to serve as its new Head of Cataloging and Metadata in the Content Discovery Division.  The library has recently completed a strategic planning and re-envisioning process which emphasizes the library’s integral role in student learning and success.  Rod Library seeks to become “the best comprehensive university library in the country.” The person in this position will lead a unit responsible for cataloging, metadata, and authority control for library resources in all languages and formats for the general and special collections of Rod Library. The unit contains a total of 6 faculty and staff.

This is a full-time tenure-track administrative faculty position.


  • Supervise 2 faculty and 4 staff in the Cataloging and Metadata Unit, fostering a team environment and encouraging employee development;
  • Actively communicate, collaborate, and advocate across library departments in support of cataloging/metadata needs and functions;
  • Coordinate and prioritize projects, procedures, and departmental policies related to cataloging, metadata, batch loads, bibliographic maintenance, and collection maintenance;
  • Implement nationally accepted metadata standards, as locally appropriate, to ensure that all content is discoverable and accessible using best practices;
  • Coordinate maintenance of Ex Libris Alma integrated library system, Primo discovery system, and other cataloging-related systems;
  • Perform original cataloging for unique materials in all formats;
  • Participate in the Two Rivers Alma Collaborative (TRAC), a consortium of academic libraries in Iowa and Nebraska that utilize Ex Libris Alma integrated library system;
  • Engage in research, scholarship, and creative work;
  • Participate in appropriate professional associations;
  • Serve on library, university, and professional committees.

Reports to:   Associate University Librarian, Content Discovery

Required Qualifications:  

  • Minimum of 3 years successful supervisory experience, with evidence of fostering staff development and collaboration;
  • Demonstrated leadership, strategic planning, and project management skills;
  • Minimum of 3 years library cataloging experience at the professional level using OCLC, the Library of Congress Classification System and Subject Headings in all formats;
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience with integrated library systems;
  • Advanced working knowledge of authority control and bibliographic record maintenance, digital content management systems, and AACR2 and RDA cataloging rules and the ability to share their knowledge with others;
  • Demonstrated outstanding communication skills in writing, speaking, and listening.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced knowledge of the Ex Libris Alma integrated library system and Primo discovery system;
  • Evidence of advanced experience working with digital libraries or institutional repositories;
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate technology into workflows in language that is understood by colleagues;
  • Exhibited familiarity with and interest in current and emerging standards, models, applications, and initiatives such as BIBFRAME, RDF, and linked data;
  • Ongoing commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion.


Pre-employment background checks are required.  To apply, visit http://jobs.uni.edu.

Applications received by September 14, 2018, will be given full consideration.  For more information about the position or the community, see  https://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/employment or contact screening committee chair Angie Cox at angela.cox@uni.edu.

UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

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Posted Date: 
08/20/2018 to 09/22/2018