Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services

 Rice University is seeking a creative and future-oriented leader as the Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services. The successful candidate will provide leadership both in managing current staff and services and in collaboratively envisioning and implementing evolving services of this user-oriented department. The position reports to the Assistant University Librarian for Technical Services.

Responsibilities:  Serves as direct manager of the Cataloging & Metadata Services Department, with a staff of 15 FTE. Direct reports are: Metadata/Copy Cataloging Team Lead, Metadata Coordinator, Database and Metadata Management Coordinator and four specialized professional catalogers. The department’s responsibilities are wide-ranging, and include adding record sets to the catalog for electronic resource packages, creating order records in the library system, providing metadata and consultations for a broad range of local digital initiatives and cleanup routines in the institutional repository. Current library collections budget is $12.2 million. The position is responsible for strategizing to improve discoverability of the library’s resources. The position manages departmental projects and participates in inter-departmental and library-wide committees and work groups established to further various aspects of the Fondren Library mission.

Required Qualifications include:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science
  • Two years of experience as successful manager of a library cataloging unit
  • Demonstrated commitment to staff development and continuing education
  • Leadership skills and an ability to reach consensus with diverse constituencies
  • Ability to recommend solutions in areas not under direct supervision
  • Thorough knowledge of principles and standards for cataloging and metadata, including standard codes, machine coding standards and linked data principles

Preferred qualifications: 

  • Experience in an academic library
  • System migration experience

Salary & benefits:  $69,000 minimum, with hiring salary commensurate with experience and qualifications; no state or local income tax; 21 benefit days; 8 study days; a range of retirement options including TIAA/CREF; health and life insurance; and tuition waiver.

Environment: Rice University provides a stimulating work environment, with opportunities to participate in the delivery of innovative library services supported by leading edge technologies. Fondren Library (http://www.rice.edu/fondren) is a research library with over 2.8 million volumes and over 155,000 serial titles, including titles available through aggregators. The Library has a state-of-the-art off-site shelving facility. An active program of digital resource delivery and development is grounded in successful collaboration among library and university staff from Digital Scholarship Services, other library departments and university information technology staff.

Houston is a vibrant, multicultural city, with world-class visual and performing arts ranging from the traditional to the avant-garde. The fourth largest city in the country, Houston enjoys a moderate cost of living and easy proximity to the Gulf Coast. For more information, see: http://www.explore.rice.edu/explore/General_Information.asp.

Applications received by May 24, 2017 will receive first consideration. Please apply with cover letter, résumé, and the names, titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references at: http://jobs.rice.edu/postings/10206. Inquiries: Melinda Reagor Flannery at (713) 348-3773 or reagor@rice.edu. Rice University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.