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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Serials Cataloging Specialist San Diego State University - San Diego

By Chris Rogers posted 12-14-2019 09:06




San Diego State University is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of historically underrepresented groups.

Initial review of applications will begin on Friday, January 3, 2020. To receive full consideration, apply by Thursday, January 2, 2020. The position will remain open until filled. The online application should be completed in detail. Completion of the online application is required for consideration; a resume alone will not suffice.

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Position Information

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, permanent (probationary) position. This position is designated non-exempt under FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

The ultimate objective of duties performed by this position is to facilitate discovery and acces through the library's catalog, for all continuing resources. Accurate cataloging and coding provides multiple online access points and detailed location and data retrieval information necessary for patrons (faculty, staff, students, and the public) to make use of available materials.

Under the general direction of the Head of Content Organization and Management and in coordination with the Serials Cataloging Librarian, the Serials Cataloging Specialist performs copy cataloging using a national bibliographic utility (OCLC on-line cooperative cataloging system) for a range of library materials, including serials, periodicals, monographs, electronic-based materials, media materials, and other print and non-print materials. Occasionally creates new records using similar copy available in OCLC or another catalog/database.

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Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $3,739 per month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,371 - $6,505 per month. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.


Minimum Qualifications

Incumbents at this level perform the most complex paraprofessional and/or specialist library functions to support library operations and programs. Work often requires advanced subject knowledge and/or broader or more in-depth expertise in library operations, practices and principles as well as the regular application of paraprofessional expertise and judgment. Because of their advanced functional expertise, incumbents often are responsible for overseeing daily operations of (a) large or significant library unit(s), including directly or indirectly providing lead work direction to other library and clerical staff, as well as student workers assigned to the unit(s). Additionally, they may be involved in supporting the unit’s budgetary and/or other administrative functions.

These qualifications for entry to Position Skill Leve III normally would be obtained through the completion of a high school education or equivalent certification plus two to three years of related library and/or clerical experience or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Preferred Qualifications and Specialized Skills

  • Successful experience with library services, including using library management systems.
  • Ability to research and resolve problems with complex entries, multiple formats and accompanying materials.
  • Expertise in continuing resources cataloging with comprehensive understanding of
    cataloging rules and local practices specific to serials in all formats. Knowledge of MARC coding, RDA, AACR2, & CONSER practices.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the library's LMS, with understanding of the relationship of
    data fields to public display. Expertise in creating bibliographic, holdings, and item records, as
    well as updating changes, and identifying and correcting errors in the LMS.
  • Expertise in searching, selecting the most appropriate records, editing, and downloading
    using the OCLC bibliographic database. Understanding of the application of OCLC MARC tagging.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the interface between OCLC and the library's LMS and how MARC tags map from OCLC to the library's LMS.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the MARC 21 holdings format, standards, and coding for
    holdings data.
  • Comprehensive understanding of handling procedures and requirements for collections in
    varying locations and formats.
  • Expertise in using OCLC Local Holdings system and thorough knowledge of SDSU's current
    and historical practices for entering and maintaining holdings data. Understanding of historical
    practice enables conversion of records to current practice, thus supporting resource sharing.
  • Skill and ability to construct and perform complex Boolean searches (i.e. Analytics) in the
    library's LMS, to support data analysis pertaining to serials.
  • Ability to generate data output reports from the library's LMS, using Excel spreadsheets,
    and other tools available.
  • Skill in Excel or Access, including advanced skill in data analysis and comparison,
    including comparison of textual data from two or more spreadsheets.
  • Ability to work and communicate well with librarians and staff in all areas of the Library.
  • Skill to articulate explanations and concerns in discussion and ability to collaborate in implementing projects and goals.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to be able to prepare internal reports for Continuing Resources Cataloging as well as wider library audiences.
  • Ability to identify and verify appropriate online URL links in both serials and monographs records and to maintain them in a timely manner.
  • Skill in using the internet to search library catalogs, publisher websites, etc., and judgment in interpreting and applying the data to resolve cataloging problems.
  • Strong organizational skills to oversee and guide workflow in assigned areas.
  • Strong communication and interpretive skills to be able to interview patrons regarding their information needs and guide them in the use of more complex library and online resources when assigned to a public desk.

Application Procedures

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button. If you need assistance completing your application, please click here.

Applicants with disabilities requiring assistance may call (619) 594-7099.

General Information

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.