Department Chair for Cataloging and Discovery Services, George A. Smathers Libraries, Gainesville, FL

The George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, seeks applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair for Cataloging and Discovery Services. The Department provides descriptions for and access to materials and resources held at the University of Florida in all formats and subjects, including unique and cultural heritage collections. The Department actively supports the digital publishing and data curation programs of the Smathers Libraries.

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Discovery and Access & Fackler Director, Health Science Center Libraries, the Department Chair for Cataloging and Discovery Services is a tenure track library position which provides leadership, strategic vision and direction for the department by blending traditional academic library practices with innovation to direct the department’s cataloging operations and workflow; manages the department’s resources; and coordinates the ongoing development of departmental staff committed to continual improvement. The Chair works collaboratively with departmental colleagues to achieve the department’s goals, establish policies and procedures to integrate and enhance discoverability of collections in all material formats in accordance with library-wide priorities and support the Smathers Libraries’ commitment to cooperative cataloging programs. These initiatives require wide consultation throughout the department and the library and considerable delegation of responsibilities to staff project groups. Additionally, this position is a key member of the Library’s management team, ensuring organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and development of policies for library operations.

The faculty in the department are actively engaged in standards development at the national and international level. The successful candidate will be a forward thinking leader who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the changing nature of librarianship, the format of library collections, and the role of cataloging and metadata in extending discovery. The Cataloging and Discovery Services Department is active in the national and international cooperative cataloging initiatives of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) — BIBCO, NACO, SACO, and CONSER. The expectation is that the strong participation in these programs will serve to shape, transform, change and redefine the purpose of cataloging and discovery both locally and nationally.

The Chair will include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work activities to support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society. This position will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.

The search will remain open until July 15, 2015, and review of applications will begin on June 17, 2015.  Interested candidates should follow the application procedures outlined on the Position Vacancy Announcement at: http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/FacultyPositions.html.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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