Head of Cataloging - University of Pittsburgh

Develops, oversees, and documents cataloging policies, priorities and...

Head of Cataloging - University of Pittsburgh

Develops, oversees, and documents cataloging policies, priorities and procedures for the ULS that ensure effective and efficient description and discovery.
Provides leadership and management for the work of the Catalog Management Unit (CMU) in Technical Services. The CMU consists of four faculty librarians and four support staff that receive and catalog materials in all formats and all languages.
Creates guidelines and ensures quality control practices for copy cataloging done in other units.
Works closely with the Metadata and Discovery Unit to ensure proper application of appropriate standards and to help provide support for various data remediation projects.
Ensures best practices to provide excellent user-centered services.
Works in a collegial manner with colleagues in the ULS and in the Law and Health Sciences libraries, primarily by providing oversight and expertise on issues and activities with the University's ILS cataloging module.
Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh are members of the faculty and are expected to demonstrate continuous professional development in addition to performing their specific responsibilities. This expectation includes such activities as participating in and contributing to departmental, library and campus-wide committees or working groups as well as the profession at a regional, national, and/or international level, maintaining a broad awareness of current and emerging issues that affect their particular areas of expertise, participating in relevant publishing and presentation opportunities, and pursuing knowledge of professional trends and developments that can be applied to evolving research, services and collections.

MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited program or recognized equivalent.
Minimum of 3 years library experience at the professional level including experience with OCLC, the Library of Congress Classification System and Subject Headings, original and copy cataloging and classification in all formats, bibliographic utilities and integrated library systems, authority control and bibliographic record maintenance, and advanced knowledge of AACR2 and RDA cataloging rules.
Minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience.
Strong communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to be flexible, embrace ambiguity, adapt to change and successfully work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
Demonstrated strong planning and project management skills and experience.
Ability to identify problems, think creatively and carry out solutions independently or as part of a group or team, particularly when several priorities arise at the same time.
Broad knowledge of cataloging issues, trends, workflows, and best practices in an academic library.
Demonstrated ability to train staff.
Demonstrated ability to integrate technology into workflows.

Commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package including one month vacation per year; excellent medical plans; TIAA/ Vanguard; and tuition assistance.

The ideal candidate will meet the criteria for appointment at Librarian II within the Expectation Stream for librarians (for additional information please see:

To apply
Submit letter of application and CV with the names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references via email to: Sharon McMasters, Personnel Coordinator (

Visa sponsorship is not offered with this position.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled; primary consideration will be given to those received by April 10, 2019.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled