Assistant Technical Services Librarian
Target Hire Date
08/02/2021 - 1 month to go
Join our community and experience Emerson College!
Serve as the primary contact for questions regarding bibliographic
records, holdings, and maintenance. Works with library staff and
others to evaluate, maintain and troubleshoot systems, such as the
integrated library system. Provides research support for book and
ebook requests and replacements. Participates in collection
development and special projects. Assists with institutional
repository maintenance and metadata creation for digital
collections and exhibits. Provides reference support and other
assistance as needed. Oversees the daily activities of a student or
an intern assistant.
This position requires an MLIS/MLS or candidates within one
semester of graduating. Candidates will have taken as part of a
Masters degree program cataloging, metadata and reference courses.
This position is meant for an entry level professional
Looking for a recent graduate of an MLIS/MLS accredited program
who will be responsible for completing all complex, original, and
copy cataloging services for materials in analog and electronic
Your Key Responsibilities:
Your Other Responsibilities:
- Provide metadata for complex and original cataloging for
materials in analog and electronic formats, such as print books and
ebooks, print and electronic serials, streaming and analog media,
born-digital and digitized objects, whether owned or licensed by
the institution. Oversee batch loading of metadata
- Provide copy cataloging services for new books and non-print
items by searching for appropriate records in a national database,
downloading them to our local system, editing them according to
national and local standards and performing authority and quality
control work as necessary.
- Enhance the online catalog by updating records from OCLC,
adding contents notes as needed, and deleting and editing records.
Monitor and process title and format changes. Compile monthly
statistical information for cataloging activities. Maintain
documentation for internal cataloging procedures and local
standards. Resolve inquiries from library staff regarding
bibliographic records and holdings.
- Research book and ebook requests for purchasing. Review
institutional and contract vendors, commercial suppliers, local
sources, and open access. As necessary, provide backup support for
ordering books, ebooks, and other requests.
- Assist with collection development and special projects to
support the library mission, campus initiatives and new
collaborations. Maintain information integrity to ensure internal
and external information is up to date and accurate.
- Assist with inventory including missing, lost, and damaged
items workflow. Review items for bindery repair and restoration.
Prepare and receive bindery shipments.
- Recruit, train and oversee the daily activities of a student or
an intern assistant. Maintain documentation for the training
Your Skills and Experience:
- As needed, assist with institutional repository maintenance,
provide descriptive metadata and manage controlled vocabularies for
digital collections and exhibits under the direction of the
- Assist patrons at the Reference desk by answering questions,
advising on appropriate resources, and instructing patrons in the
use of the online catalog and other resources.
- Collaborate with Fenway Library Organization librarians,
Emerson staff, and stakeholders to evaluate new systems and
products. Monitor developments in the field of cataloging and
technical services to remain current on effective strategies and
- Serve on one or more library teams to serve the needs of the
library and its constituencies.
- All other duties as assigned.
You'll be preferred if you have:
- Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) / Master of
Science in Library Science (MSLS) from an ALA- accredited
institution in progress or completed.
- 2 years experience within MLIS or MSLS
- MARC data format knowledge and experience
- Familiarity with using online catalogs and other electronic
- Experience using critical thinking for analysis
- Evidence of strong interpersonal and organizational
- Ability to effectively communicate through communication media,
such as, Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Slack
- Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) / Master of
Science in Library Science (MSLS) from an ALA-accredited
institution, or equivalent experience
- Library or related experience in an academic setting
- Integrated Library System knowledge, such as, Voyager,
especially cataloging module
- Familiarity with OCLC management services
- Familiarity with Cataloger's Desktop & RDA
- Typical office environment
- Ability to sit or stand for long periods
- Ability to concentrate for long periods of time
Please note, the salary range for this position is between $40,000
to $43,000 earned over the ten months this position works on
To ensure an inclusive search process, applications will not be
reviewed until beginning of July 2021.
Grade of Position: A15E
Scheduled Weekly Hours: 36.25
Hiring Range: $0.00 - $0.00
10 month position paid over 10 months
This position will be exclusively represented by the Service
Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 888 for purposes of
wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.
To apply, please visit: https://emerson.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Emerson_College_Staff/job/Boston-Campus/Assistant-Technical-Services-Librarian_JR002635
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