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Catalog Librarian for Special Collections

The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, joining the Association of Research Libraries in 2018 as the first new U.S. member of ARL in over 15 years, invites applications and nominations for the position for the position of Catalog Librarian for Special Collections. The Catalog Librarian for Special Collections will collaborate with colleagues in the VCU Libraries and within the library profession to describe rare and unique publications and other materials in order to make them discoverable to users worldwide. The position connects strongly with the VCU Libraries’ mission to enrich scholarship and learning by making its unique collections accessible to students and scholars in their pursuit of the creation of new knowledge.

Located in culturally diverse, historic, and dynamic Richmond, convenient to the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the recreation destinations of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Commonwealth University is among the nation's leading research institutions. The VCU Libraries, one of Virginia’s outstanding research library systems, advances the University’s teaching, research, service, and patient care mission with comprehensive digital and print collections and nationally recognized innovation in its facilities, advanced media and technology resources for its community, and responsive, accessible information desk operations. In February 2018, the Association of College and Research Libraries recognized the VCU Libraries with the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.


Reporting to the Head, Metadata and Discovery, and working closely with Special Collections and Archives on both the Monroe Park and Medical College of Virginia (MCV) Campuses, the Catalog Librarian for Special Collections is primarily responsible for the creation of original and copy bibliographic records for rare and unique publications and other materials. Creates and edits metadata according to local and national cataloging and metadata standards. Solves bibliographic access problems. Plans and manages special projects as assigned. Collaborates on workflows with Special Collections and Archives. May work with library collections outside of Special Collections as required. The Catalog Librarian for Special Collections is expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Faculty with the VCU Libraries are evaluated, and promoted, on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service.


Required: ALA-accredited graduate degree or accredited graduate degree in another appropriate discipline. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred Qualifications: At least two years cataloging experience. Ability to create original as well as copy bibliographic records for rare and special collections materials. Knowledge of best practices for materials handling, preservation, and security for special collections. Working knowledge of MARC and non-MARC metadata schemas, RDA, AACR2, LC subject headings and classification, Medical Subject Headings, and EAD, DACS, and DCRM. Experience with NACO, BIBCO or other PCC programs. Experience using OCLC Connexion and Ex Libris’ Alma. Experience with MarcEdit or other MARC editing tools. Experience working with arts, artists’ books and comic arts collections. Knowledge of languages other than English. Experience training and supervising student assistants. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. Experience at urban research institutions, HBCU or minority serving institutions is desired.

Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Libraries

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research, enrolling over 31,000 students across its campuses. Located in the heart of Richmond, VCU offers 41 doctoral, 72 masters, 3 professional, and 62 baccalaureate degree programs. Thirty-two of VCU's graduate and professional programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the nation, with 20 programs ranking in the top 50; sculpture and nurse anesthesia are ranked number one. Over 3,200 faculty comprise the University's teaching force. Research strengths at the University include health and life sciences, education, engineering, social work, behavioral sciences, public affairs, advertising and design, and the fine arts. Sponsored research funding totals over $270 million, placing VCU among the top 100 research institutions in the United States. VCU’s strategic plan embraces an acceleration in the growth of VCU’s library system and includes a new Master Site Plan that envisions additions to both library facilities operated by the VCU Libraries. As part of that plan, a new library facility at James Branch Cabell Library on the university’s Monroe Park Campus opened in 2016 to national acclaim.

Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University, including the James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus and the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV Campus, employ over 66 professionals and 83 staff with annual expenditures exceeding $21 million. VCU also operates academic programs in Doha, Qatar, supported by a library there, and in various locations throughout the U.S. and the world. The VCU Libraries is a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, National Digital Stewardship Alliance, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), a statewide networking consortium for shared access to electronic and print resources. The VCU Libraries has adopted Primo as its discovery layer and was one of the first libraries worldwide to have implemented Alma as its next generation cloud-based system for library management. CONTENTdm, Digital Commons, ArchivesSpace, and Omeka supplement the foundation of its system architecture to enhance access to its collections and services.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience. Minimum salary $50,000. This is a full-time, non-tenured faculty position. Normal faculty benefits apply, including 24 vacation days annually and choice of retirement and annuity plans. For more information about benefits, see VCU Human Resources' benefits guide.

For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit our home page. The position is available immediately. Review of applications will begin November 26, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Apply via VCUJobs. Complete the application and submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply



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