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University of California, San Diego, Libraries: Chinese Language Electronic Resources Cataloging Librarian (Temporary)

University of California, San Diego, Libraries

Position: Chinese Language Electronic Resources Cataloging Librarian (Temporary), Metadata Services Department

Deadline: Application consideration begins April 20, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled.

Preferred appointment level: Assistant Librarian I - III with an approximate salary range of $40,008 - $44,736.
This is a one year position with a possibility of extension contingent upon available funding.

The Libraries of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) seek applications from innovative, conscientious, and production-oriented professionals for an entry level, fulltime, one year temporary position (with possibility of extension) to catalog online Chinese language materials for the UC-wide Shared Cataloging Program. The position reports to the Head of the Shared Cataloging Program Unit. We seek to find an individual with energy and resourcefulness to join a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment, and who has a basic knowledge of bibliographic and authority control, demonstrated skill in using the pinyin romanization system, strong communication skills, and a willingness to experiment with new techniques and batch processes for the manipulation of traditional MARC bibliographic records and other metadata schemes.

The University and the Libraries

With a current enrollment of more than 26,000 students, UCSD is a powerful magnet for those seeking a fresh innovative approach to education and research. In just four decades, the campus has achieved international distinction for its educational excellence, research strength and institutional flexibility. Ranked fifth in the nation and first in the University of California system in federal R&D funding, UCSD annually attracts more than $627 million in research awards. The National Research Council ranks the campus 10th nationally in the excellence of its graduate programs and quality of its faculty. US News & World Report ranks UCSD 7th nationally among public national universities. UCSD has entered a period of major growth with planned enrollment expected to reach 28,365 by 2010. The UCSD Libraries are widely recognized as integral partners in the development and provision of innovative, responsive, and effective information services vital to the University's instructional and research enterprise.

The UCSD Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, consist of nine campus libraries¹ with combined collections of more than three million volumes. Integrated services dependent on information technology are a hallmark of the UCSD Libraries. Recent projects include desktop delivery of journal articles, network delivery of digital audio, multilingual character interfaces, patron initiated interlibrary loan, wireless network access, and a vigorous and ambitious Digital Library Program. Components of the information infrastructure include INNOPAC, the integrated library system; the UCSD campus web site; and the UCSD Libraries web site, an integrated portal for access to library collections and services. UCSD works actively and collaboratively with the other nine UC libraries and the California Digital Library to develop and manage shared collections and services available to all UC faculty and students.

Department Description

The Metadata Services Department is responsible for bibliographic control and metadata standards for the UCSD Libraries. Organized into four divisions, the department consists of 6 permanent librarians, 2 temporary librarians, 35 staff members and numerous students. This position reports to the head of the Shared Cataloging Program Unit, and works closely with the head of the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK) Acquisitions/Cataloging Unit. The Shared Cataloging Program is a UC systemwide service centered at the UCSD Libraries which provides bibliographic records for electronic resources licensed centrally for the UC campuses. Over the six years of its existence, SCP has cataloged and distributed records for over 100,000 electronic serials, monographs, and integrating resources, and maintains over 113,000 persistent identifiers. The department is committed to innovative approaches to cataloging workflows, exploiting batch processing to the fullest extent possible, supplemented with manual cataloging when necessary. Catalogers use OCLC and III's Millennium as their primary data sources and tools, and consult or utilize additional electronic resources, including Catalogers Desktop, Classification Web, and TPOT ( The department has a long history of cataloging electronic resources, which are included in the traditional online catalog Roger, the union catalog Melvyl and Sage, our electronic A-Z finding list (

Responsibilities of the Position


  • Has primary responsibility for developing strategies for gathering, sorting, analyzing, normalizing, and enriching records for online Chinese language materials for the University of California's Shared Cataloging Program
  • Determines the most effective ways to create and manipulate bibliographic and authority data, including extended and creative uses of metadata and of batch processes to create sets of records that meet UC standards
  • Provides original and copy cataloging, and may establish an OCLC WorldCat Collection Set if appropriate
  • Performs CONSER level maintenance and record authentication on Chinese language serials
  • Serves as a member of the Shared Cataloging Program Unit and contributes to the development of cataloging policies and procedures for the Shared Cataloging Program
  • Participates in library committees, task forces and special projects, particularly those related to cataloging, metadata, and bibliographic control.

Required Qualifications


  • Professional degree from a library school or other appropriate degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields relevant to library services
  • Chinese language skills sufficient to perform original and copy cataloging for online Chinese language materials
  • Demonstrated skill in using the pinyin romanization system
  • Excellent interpersonal, diplomatic, and oral and written communication skills
  • English language fluency
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Good organizational skills and an aptitude for complex analytical and detailed work
  • Strong service orientation
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a changing environment, to work effectively in a large and diverse organization, and to exercise creativity and initiative
  • Commitment to professional growth and development. UCSD librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning and governance, and to be professionally active.

Desirable Qualifications


  • Library work experience
  • Experience cataloging using AACR, LCRI, LC Classification, LCSH, and MARC
  • Experience cataloging electronic resources and serials
  • Experience with CONSER, NACO, SACO, or BIBCO standards and processes
  • Experience using the Innovative Interfaces integrated library system
  • Familiarity with databases and data manipulation tools, such as macros, global updating, and other software tools
  • Understanding of the principles of link resolvers and of the OpenURL standard
  • Familiarity with established and emerging metadata standards (Dublin Core, CMARC, CNMARC, etc.)


In addition to a technologically state-of-the-art and intellectually stimulating environment, UCSD offers a highly competitive compensation package that includes choices for medical, dental and optical programs; excellent retirement programs; tax-savings programs; life, automobile and short/long-term disability insurance; relocation reimbursement; outstanding recreational facilities; innovative training programs; generous professional development funding; domestic partner benefits; and on-campus childcare.

Librarians at UCSD are academic appointees and entitled to appropriate professional leave and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. Applicants interested in employment opportunities for spouses/partners are encouraged to consider the UCSD Academic Job Opportunities Bulletin, the UCSD Staff Employment Opportunity Bulletin, or employment opportunities at other education and research institutions in San Diego.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States as established by providing documents specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Application consideration begins April 20, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled. Send application letter including a statement of qualifications, a full resume of education and relevant experience, and the names of at least three persons who are knowledgeable about your qualifications for this position to or to UCSD, Stacey McDermaid - Library Human Resources, 9500 Gilman Drive Dept. 0175-H, La Jolla, CA 92093-0175. Telephone: 858.534.1279; Confidential Fax: 858.534.8634.

UCSD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and specifically seeks candidates who can actively contribute to an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Applicants are invited to preview campus diversity resources and programs at Diversity at UC San Diego.

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