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University of California Los Angeles
Eugene, Oregon, United States (on-site)
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University of California Los Angeles
Eugene, Oregon, United States (on-site)
9 days ago


Special Collections Cataloging Team Lead

Job no: 532942

Work type: Faculty - Career

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Administrative/Professional, Administrative/Office Support, Library

Department: Libraries
Rank: Assistant or Associate Librarian
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Salary: $58,000 - $76,000 per year

Review of Applications Begins

December 9, 2023; position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To ensure consideration for the position, please include with your online application:
1. a cover letter stating your interest and qualifications for the position, and
2. current resume, which includes dates of employment.

Department Summary

About the University:
The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a \“very high research activity\” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. The University of Oregon is guided by a diversity framework that involves a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body, as well as campus-wide efforts to build a welcoming, inclusive community. The UO's 295-acre campus features state-of-the-art facilities in an arboretum-like setting within the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 157,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant year-round climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.

About the UO Libraries:
The University of Oregon Libraries is an essential partner in the University of Oregon's educational, research, and public service mission. With five locations on the Eugene campus and branches at UO Portland and the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the UO Libraries offer many flexible services- and technology-rich environments for our users' research, learning, and publishing needs.

UO Libraries' mission is informing research and learning breakthroughs for Oregon. We strive to realize our vision of being a model for the enduring, positive impact that research libraries can have on their academic and civic communities. We do that with an unwavering commitment to our values. Learn more about the UO Libraries' strategic design, our values, and our goals at

The University of Oregon Libraries is the only Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member in Oregon. We are also members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, SPARC, Center for Research Libraries, DuraSpace, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Coalition for Networked Information, EDUCAUSE, and other major organizations.

About Resource Description Services:
Resource Description Services supports original and copy cataloging for all types of materials in a variety of languages, as well as metadata management and authority control for MARC and non-MARC collections. The department works closely with Collection Strategies, Special Collections and University Archives, Digital Scholarship Services, the Beach Lab, and others within the Libraries and UO campus to provide intellectual and physical access to collections, as well as cataloging and metadata solutions that support the management and discovery of scholarly resources. The department builds strong partnerships with external partners to lead advances in practice and to contribute expertise to regional, national, and international associations related to cataloging and metadata.

The department overseen by the Director of Resource Description Services includes Career Faculty Librarians, Officers of Administration, and Classified Staff. Key activities include: analyzing and describing the content of library resources for the public catalog; batch-loading records for e-resource collections; ensuring the quality of data in the Libraries' public catalog; creating and maintaining authority records to ensure consistency in name and subject access points; preparing physical materials for use; and withdrawal of material from the collection.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Resource Description Services, the Special Collections Cataloging Team Lead provides management, leadership, and expertise in the cataloging of special collections materials, ranging from early printed books and historical manuscripts to modern materials, such as fine press books and regional publications. This position manages and participates in the day-to-day operations of special collections cataloging; sets cataloging priorities in consultation with Special Collections and University Archives, the Director of RDS, and other partners; actively participates in the administration and management of Resource Description Services as a member of its leadership group; and supervises two classified employees.

The Special Collections Cataloging Team Lead participates in appropriate professional development activities and organizations to stay current with trends and practices in the field and to meet criteria for promotion and retention. This position contributes to the University's goals regarding equity and inclusion.

We are aware that some people are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every qualification in the job description including the preferred qualifications. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and recognize that a successful candidate may come from a less traditional career trajectory, such as having skills and abilities gained outside a classroom context, or an equivalent skill set. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our preferred qualifications.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum qualifications for the rank of Assistant Librarian:

  • Master's Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or international equivalent.
  • Two years post-MLIS OR post-international equivalent special collections cataloging experience in an academic or research library.

    Minimum qualifications for the rank of Associate Librarian:
  • Master's Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or international equivalent.
  • Six years post-MLIS OR post-international equivalent progressively responsible special collections cataloging experience in an academic or research library.

    Professional Competencies

  • Demonstrated experience providing original and complex copy cataloging of rare, special, and general materials in an academic library setting, utilizing current standards, practices, tools, and products, including but not limited to LC classification, LCSH, genre/form controlled vocabularies such as LCGFT, RBMS Controlled Vocabularies, and AAT; MARC21, RDA, and the DCRM suite.
  • Experience with OCLC Connexion and integrated library systems, such as ExLibris's Alma.
  • Knowledge of authority control and identity management concepts and practices.
  • Knowledge of conservation practices, with the ability to identify items in need of treatment.
  • Demonstrated ability to scope and manage projects.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with individuals from different backgrounds, with diverse life experiences and communication styles.
  • Strong communication skills.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging and metadata services applied in a consortial implementation of Ex Libris' Alma.
  • Experience directing and assessing the work of others in a supervisory role.
  • Experience contributing to a national cooperative cataloging program such as PCC's NACO, BIBCO, CONSER or SACO programs.
  • Experience cataloging serials.
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in critical cataloging, metadata remediation, and anti-oppressive library practices.
  • Working knowledge of one or more Western European languages other than English, preferably Latin.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 71600099
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Eugene, Oregon, United States
  • Position Title: Special Collections Cataloging Team Lead
  • Company Name For Job: University of California Los Angeles
  • Job Function: Other / Not listed
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