ARLIS Catalog Librarian

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  • Job Number:525570
  • Classification:Term Instructor
  • Grade:UNAC Grade 40
  • Work type:Faculty Full-time, On Campus
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA Consortium Library
  • Location:Anchorage
  • Categories: Library/Physical/Social Sciences

Position Summary:

Join the award-winning Alaska Resources Library & Information Services (ARLIS) in Anchorage, Alaska! The University of Alaska Anchorage/Alaska Pacific University Consortium Library is seeking a full-time ARLIS Catalog Librarian who will perform original and complex copy-cataloging of gray literature, electronic documents, serials, monographs, and integrating resources. This term faculty position offers opportunities for collaboration within the university and with libraries across the state in serving the research staff of multiple state and federal natural resource agencies, the university, the private sector, and the public. This position is on-site at the main UAA campus in Anchorage, AK and is not remote.


15B. Train and supervise: 1. Train, supervise, and participate in hiring Department staff (professional, para-professional, and student employees) engaged in original and copy cataloging, in physical processing (including the binding and readying of library material for public use, repair, and conservation), and in digitization of print materials. 2. Coordinate the work product of the Technical Services Department by performing detailed quality assurance and evaluate revisions to their work. 3. Track and approve timesheet hours for Technical Service staff. 4. Maintain performance statistics.Essential
5C. Participate in national cooperative cataloging programs: 1. Participate in cooperative cataloging programs, such as, PCC. 2. Eventual participation in OCLC's Member Merge program to remove duplicate monograph records in textual formats in the WorldCat bibliographic database. 3. Participate in the international PCC programs of which ARLIS is a member (i.e., CONSER, NACO, SACO). 4. Act as support for the statewide NACO Alaska Funnel of the PCC and fulfill required coordinator duties. 5. Continually update knowledge and skills to perform these specialized duties as standards and policies change and as new training is available in order to retain membership.Essential
5D. Contribute to the ARLIS Document Server for public access to digital documents through bibliographic records and/or ARLIS webpages: 1. Contribute to policies with cataloging staff. 2. Devise HTML webpage templates for serials, for other multi-file works, and for special lists or special groupings of works. 3. Link files stored on the ARLIS Document Server to bibliographic records using URLs and/or to ARLIS website, as appropriate. 4. Ascertain which documents may be hosted on our server and which cannot be hosted due to copyright restrictions (often in consultation with Collection Development Coordinator). 5. Prioritize the selection of materials that are to be stored on the ARLIS Document Server.Essential
75A. Act as an original cataloger of all library materials in both physical (i.e., tangible) and electronic formats: 1. Apply complex national cataloging standards in U.S. Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC) format (and other emerging formats) using appropriate cataloging tools and software applications to create new records and to copy-catalog records. 2. Create catalog records applying RDA (Resource Description and Access) or its predecessor AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloging Rules) as well as other locally devised metadata standards adopted by ARLIS for special projects. 3. Apply Library of Congress (LC) classification system and devise local modifications. 4. Apply access points from LC/PCC (Program of Cooperative Cataloging) thesauri: name authority file, LC subject headings, and other LC/PCC standardized thesauri (e.g., for genres) when appropriate. 5. Upgrade and enhance incomplete and inadequate bibliographic records, and update obsolete bibliographic description in existing records. 6. Stay abreast with changes to professional cataloging/metadata standards. Plan and implement procedures at ARLIS to incorporate such changes and other emerging data models and trends. 7. Stay current with the local ILS (integrated library system) functions pertinent to metadata and MARC holdings data. Continuously evaluate how procedures affect discoverability in the public catalog. 8. Apply local policies to enhance bibliographic descriptions that draw out topics in ARLIS materials that of particular interest to our funding agencies in regards to Alaska, wildlife, and natural resources as well as issues of regional interest (polar, arctic, or northern regions).Essential


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Expert knowledge and mastery of the theory and technique of descriptive and subject cataloging of library materials including cataloging rules and guidelines: specifically RDA (Resource Description and Access) and Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2R) and their interpretation by national policy makers (Library of Congress and Program for Cooperative Cataloging); MARC standards; Library of Congress Classification; Library of Congress Subject Headings; new national standards that are in development as they are instituted for use by general libraries.
Preferred Experience & Education:
  • Five or more years of professional-level library cataloging experience.
  • Supervisory experience.
Required Experience & Education:
  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Experience with the cataloging of gray literature, electronic documents, complex serials, complex monographs, and integrating resources.

This position is specifically meant for emerging professionals with existing original cataloging experience.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, 9-month base contract with a 3-month contract extension, term-funded faculty position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application.

Additional Information: 

ARLIS is a multi-agency state and federal library that partners with the UAA/APU Consortium Library to provide library services focused on the natural and cultural resources of Alaska.

The review process for applications will begin on 11/1/2023. To ensure consideration, please apply by 11:55 PM, Alaska Standard Time, on 10/31/2023. 

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Brandy Watts, ARLIS Director, at or (907)786-7684.

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