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Assistant Head, Central Technical Services, NTT Librarian of Practice I or II, New Brunswick, NJ

By Tammy Syrek-Marshall posted 01-02-2020 16:33


POSITION SUMMARY: Rutgers University Libraries (RUL) seeks a dynamic, creative, and experienced individual to provide strategic direction and leadership for the oversight of resource description for the Libraries, who will direct database and discovery systems quality assurance, and oversee the physical processing of cataloged resources. The successful candidate will assist the department head with developing best practices for resource description and participate in outreach and collaboration with appropriate faculty and staff throughout the Libraries. This position provides oversight for all operational aspects and is responsible for supervision of four full-time employees, plus temporary staff and student employees who provide resource description, metadata remediation, holdings maintenance and weeding, and physical processing for all formats and all Rutgers Libraries.  Participates on committees and special projects as appropriate.   May perform other duties as assigned.  



The Assistant Head of Central Technical Services, in consultation with the Head, will:

  • Recommend and implement best practices to ensure functionality and interoperability in the Libraries’ discovery environment to enhance library activities including best practices for cataloging, developing internal processes and library efficiencies to maintain consistent standards for resource description
  • Ensure efficient and effective delivery of resource discovery services by making recommendations on methods of outreach to faculty and staff in other Library departments
  • Develop and provide policies and procedures for resource description expertise and participate in library initiatives and projects that have a resource description emphasis.
  • Maintain knowledge of trends and best practices in metadata standards and apply appropriate technologies to support workflows and enhance service to library user communities by staying up to date on prevailing national standards
  • Assist in fostering a collaborative, inter-departmental approach to problem solving and decision-making
  • Supervise full-time staff who provide resource description for purchased and donated materials including monographs (print and electronic), serials, and database management  




    • ALA accredited MLS and a minimum of 3 years of experience in a MARC RDA environment providing cataloging and holdings management, preferably providing original cataloging  
    • Experience with a major Library Services Platform
    • Minimum 2 year’s supervisory experience, preferably of full-time staff
    • Experience applying Library of Congress Classification numbers and subject headings
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, plus the ability to make independent decisions and to apply good judgment
  • Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


  • Experience with Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo VE.
  • Supervisory experience of union employees.
  • Experience working in an academic library technical services.
  • Experience using OCLC Connexion for cataloging and importing bibliographic records
  • Familiarity with NLM classification, MeSH subject headings, and SuDocs classification
  • Original cataloging experience for a variety of formats (serials, monographs, music, media, etc.).
  • Ability to read one foreign language, preferably Western European.


SALARY:  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


STATUS/BENEFITS:  Faculty status, twelve-month appointment, retirement plan, life/health insurance, prescription drug, dental and vision plans, tuition remission, 22 vacation days annually.


LIBRARY PROFILE:  Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Chartered in 1766 as Queen’s College, Rutgers is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States, a land-grant university, and a member of the Association of American Universities, the Big Ten, and the BTAA. More than 67,000 students and 22,000 faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world. Rutgers includes Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, and Rutgers University–Camden. Rutgers comprises 33 schools and colleges and is home to more than 300 research centers and institutes. The university is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to providing services, solutions, and clinical care that help individuals and the local, national, and global communities where they live.


Rutgers University Libraries are the intellectual center of the university—serving all members of the university community, supporting all disciplines, and playing a key role in advancing student learning and faculty research. The Libraries serve Rutgers–New Brunswick, Rutgers–Newark, Rutgers–Camden, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. The Libraries have a highly valued staff of about 300, who are committed to developing innovations in undergraduate support, information control, and digital initiatives. The Libraries operate with a budget of $34 million and have outstanding collections, especially in New Jerseyana and jazz. Collectively, the Libraries’ holdings include more than 4.8 million volumes. The Libraries hold memberships in ARL, CNI, CRL, METRO, NERL, VALE, SPARC, and the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions; use ExLibris Alma and OCLC as primary bibliographic utilities; and utilize a Fedora-based institutional repository.


Central Technical Services is a central unit of the Libraries and is located on Busch Campus in Piscataway. The building is accessible by car or via the University public transportation system.


For more information about Rutgers University Libraries, please check the Libraries website: 






All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:


The Libraries are strongly and actively committed to diversity, and seek candidates who will contribute creatively to the University’s multicultural environment.

Organization/Corporation: Rutgers University
Job Posting Date: December 6, 2019
Source: Rutgers University