Middle Eastern Cataloger, UNC Chapel Hill University Library, Chapel Hill, NC

Available:      January 1, 2013

The University of North Carolina seeks an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and collaborative librarian to serve as Middle Eastern Cataloger.  Middle Eastern and African Studies are growing areas of research interest at the University and the Library has recently responded to this change by hiring a full-time bibliographer in this area.  There is an active and engaged community of scholars who promote the use of vernacular language materials in their classes as well as using them in their own research.  The successful candidate will be responsible for original and complex adaptive cataloging of Arabic- and Persian-language materials in all formats, including serials and electronic resources.  Other cataloging assignments, based on language expertise, will include other Arabic-script materials and Francophone North African language materials.  The Middle Eastern Cataloger will also revise and update existing records, both for local use and as part of the Enhance Program, and will take on special projects, especially those expanding access to previously uncataloged materials, as needed and as other work permits.

The Middle Eastern Cataloger works in a collegial environment of cataloging specialists. Cataloging is done using OCLC’s Connexion Client and the library’s Innovative Interfaces local system. The position is in the Original/Adaptive Section of Resource Description & Management and reports to the head of the department.  Catalogers at the UNC Libraries contribute national-level cataloging through NACO, BIBCO, and other PCC programs.

Qualifications

Required:  ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science or advanced degree in related field.   Fluent reading knowledge of Arabic; fluency in English.  Cultural understanding of the Middle East.  Previous cataloging experience in an academic or research library setting. Working knowledge of automated cataloging systems and national standards (e.g., AACR2r, LCRI, LCSH, LC Classification, MARC21 formats, the ALA-LC Romanization table for Arabic).  Experience with the principles of authority control. Strong attention to detail. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Effective organizational and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as cooperatively and flexibly with a wide variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment. Commitment to a high level of service to faculty, staff, and students. Commitment to professional participation in areas relevant to the position.

Preferred: Reading knowledge of Persian and French. Experience with: Innovative’s Millennium system; NACO, BIBCO or other PCC programs; electronic cataloging support tools, such as Classification Web and Cataloger’s Desktop; cataloging electronic resources; knowledge of Middle East Librarians Association Best Practices and emerging RDA standards.

The University and The Libraries

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes.

The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages vision and innovation.

The Region

The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains and the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.

Salary and Benefits

This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on October 25, 2012. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Please visit http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/8700 and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of which must be a current supervisor.  Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

About John Pell

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

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