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Monographs Description Librarian at Duke University Libraries

Duke University Libraries are recruiting a Monographs Description Librarian, who is responsible for original and copy cataloging of monographs in all formats, subjects, and languages in which there is competence.  S/He keeps abreast of standards and demonstrates a commitment to customer service and to collaborative work in support of discovery and access through team and departmental efforts and through active participation in projects. Please note that we prioritize language competencies in non-Roman languages particularly Arabic, Chinese, and/or Russian.
Details at: https://library.duke.edu/about/jobs/monographsdescriptionlibrarian

Monographs Description Librarian


•    Performs original and complex copy cataloging of monographs in all formats, subjects, and languages for which there is competence; enhances or replaces OCLC records within established guidelines; assigns Library of Congress Classification call numbers; inputs and edits holdings and item information to ensure accuracy and completeness of information.
•    Works collegially across departments in the Duke University Libraries (DUL), Rubenstein Library, and the professional school libraries to maintain good communication and relations among cataloging units, and to contribute to practices that maximize efficiency and provide a seamless discovery experience for users.
•    Assists with planning and management of short and long-term cataloging projects and, including coordinating projects with other departments in the Duke University Libraries (DUL), Rubenstein Library, the professional school libraries, consortia partners (TRLN, Ivy Plus) and vendors.
•    Actively participates in team, department, and division meetings and activities to contribute toward an environment that promotes inclusion, respect, trust, and accountability.
•    Displays continuing growth in professional knowledge by taking an active interest in the profession as demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and/or service to the Libraries, the University, or the community in a professional capacity.
•    Performs other related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities
•    None


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to inclusion.

Required:  MLS from an ALA accredited program or equivalent combination of education and experience
Preferred: Advanced degree in a related field

•    Familiarity with the use and application of RDA or other bibliographic description standards, subject analysis, and application of a standard classification system
•    Experience with MARC bibliographic formats
•    Reading knowledge of one language other than English
•    Familiarity with at least one library utility and integrated library system (ILS)
•    Experience performing copy cataloging in an academic setting
•    Evidence of analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills
•    Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills
•    Awareness of trends and issues relative to library information technology and supported applications for bibliographic and authority metadata.

•    Working knowledge of OCLC Connexion and an ILS such as Ex Libris’ Aleph
•    Prioritize language competencies in non-Roman languages particularly Arabic, Chinese, and/or Russian
•    1-3 years of experience performing complex copy or original cataloging
•    Experience leading or contributing to short and long-term projects
•    Knowledge of Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) standards and programs
•    Knowledge of BIBFRAME and other linked data initiatives; knowledge of non-MARC metadata standards

Working Conditions
•    Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
•    Must be able to lift 20 pounds and unpack, shelve and shift large quantities of library materials
•    Frequent bending, crouching, stooping
•    Normal office environment

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits
Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.

Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university’s intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke’s library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. We believe that when we understand, celebrate, and tap into our uniqueness to creatively solve problems and address shared goals, our possibilities are limitless. Duke University Libraries value diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and background and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect.      
Duke’s hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:  http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php.

Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11140. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer