Head of Bibliographic Services
Illinois State University's Milner Library seeks an innovative, forward-
thinking librarian for a tenure-track faculty position responsible for
managing the Bibliographic Services Division. This Division contains
three units (Acquisitions, Cataloging, and Serials) that together total
four faculty and 20 classified staff. The Bibliographic Services
Division is responsible for the acquisition and organization of all
library resources, including pre-order searching, order placement, and
material receipts; the creation and control of the Library's
bibliographic records; and maintenance of the catalog and the Library's
SFX knowledgebase. The Division also contributes to the creation of
metadata related to digitization projects utilizing CONTENTdm as the
Library's digital management system. The Library participates with 64
other consortial libraries in a shared Endeavor Voyager integrated
This position works in partnership with and reports to the Associate
Dean for Technical Services. The position interacts with the Library's
administrative office, all library units and divisions, university lab
schools, and state organizations, particularly the Consortium for
Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). Milner Library
faculty members have responsibilities in the areas of librarianship,
scholarship, and service as outlined in Illinois State University
Faculty Appointment, Salary, Promotion and Tenure Policies
(http://www.provost.ilstu.edu/resources/aspt.shtml) and Milner Library's
Department and College Faculty Status Committees' Criteria for Evaluation,
Promotion, and Tenure.
University and Library: As Illinois' oldest public university, Illinois
State University (www.IllinoisState.edu) offers an outstanding education
to 17,827 undergraduates in 37 disciplines, and 2,438 graduate students
in diverse master's and doctoral programs. Milner Library supports those
programs with a service-focused staff of 80, an institutional budget of
$8 million, and a collection of over 1.6 million volumes. The integrated
library system (Endeavor Voyager 6.1), OpenURL link resolver (ExLibris
SFX), and federated search product (WebFeat) in use at the Library are
hosted by CARLI. The Library is woven into the fabric of the campus at
every level, appearing repeatedly in the campus strategic plan, the
campus facilities plan, and the campus capital campaign plan - all
evidence of institutional commitment to excellence in its library.
Illinois State is located in Normal/Bloomington, a growing community 2-3
hours from Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Develops procedures and workflow routines which can be used to
accomplish objectives and improve efficiency of the Division.
Directly supervises four faculty as well as two civil service staff.
Coordinates the activities of the other 18 civil service personnel in
Selects, evaluates, and works with library material suppliers.
Performs original cataloging or revision of support staff work.
Works closely with the Collection Management Coordinator, Systems
Coordinator, and the Library's Business Manager.
Stays abreast of new technology, national developments, and best
practices related to acquisitions and knowledge organization.
Assists with planning for digitization projects and coordinating the
creation and maintenance of metadata.
Master's degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited
A second advanced degree in library science or a subject discipline is
required for tenure.
Experience in acquisitions and/or cataloging with increasing levels of
Significant supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to
motivate, lead, and mentor staff along with a demonstrated commitment to
Demonstrated knowledge of both traditional and electronic acquisitions.
Knowledge of general cataloging forms, processes and techniques, and
familiarity with basic cataloging tools, including AACR2, Library of
Congress Subject Heading practice, Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal
Classification systems, and MARC21 formats.
Technical knowledge of and experience working with OCLC, integrated
library systems, and other computer applications used in libraries.
Familiarity with trends in library technology related to acquisitions
and knowledge organization.
Demonstrated ability and experience to plan, manage, and oversee complex
projects, meet deadlines, and prioritize work in alignment with goals of
the division, library, and university.
Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
Aptitude for accuracy and detail.
Evidence of strong commitment to customer service
Ability to meet university requirements for tenure, including scholarship
Evidence of any of the following will enhance a candidacy:
Familiarity with Endeavor's Voyager integrated library system;
Experience working with vendors and preparing RFPs;
Experience with non-MARC metadata schema, standards, best practices, and
Experience with a digital content management system (e.g. CONTENTdm).
Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
24 days vacation and 11 paid holidays per year.
Position Available: February 1, 2007
To Apply: To assure full consideration submit a cover letter, resume, and
names of 3 references to Bibliographic Services Coordinator Search
Committee, Illinois State University, Milner Library, Campus Box 8900,
Normal, IL 61790-8900 or email to email@example.com. Initial review of
applications will begin October 23, 2006 and continue until the position is
Illinois State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action
university encouraging diversity.
This advertisement will also be available from the Milner Library website at
Editor, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly
Bibliographic Services Librarian
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-8900