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University of Pennsylvania: Area Studies Tech Services Coordinator

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries seek a globally-minded, service-oriented, and versatile professional to serve as Area Studies Technical Services Coordinator.   The Coordinator manages the unit that performs cataloging, acquisitions, and other metadata services functions for the Libraries’ Area Studies Collections. Responsibilities include: providing leadership, managerial direction, and oversight of technical services operations for the Area Studies Collections: designing effective workflows; evaluating and implementing cataloging and metadata standards, policies, and procedures; managing acquisitions processes in accordance with Libraries policy. In coordination with Area Studies bibliographers, identify priorities for cataloging and manage the processing capacity of the Area Studies Technical Services unit. As a part of the management team of the Information Processing Center, participate in strategic and operational planning for the IPC, as well as participating in library-wide projects, committees, and task forces, and coordinate the collaboration of Area Studies Technical Services with the Libraries more broadly.



  • MLS degree and a minimum of 2 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required.
  • Command of at least one non-English language central to the Chinese, Japanese, Middle East, South Asian, Hebraic or Slavic Collections.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging standards, issues, and trends.
  • Experience cataloging monographic resources.
  • Familiarity with acquisitions standards and practices.
  • Working knowledge of bibliographic utilities and integrated library systems.
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to service in a production-oriented environment.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving skills. Flexibility in response to change.


  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience managing cataloging and metadata projects and complex workflows.
  • Familiarity with established and developing metadata standards.

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For full posting and to apply:   http://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/36364