Principal Librarian: Bibliographic Control
Wits University
1d ago

DescriptionThe Information Resources Department is located on the 4th floor of the Wartenweiler Library.The department has the responsibility of acquiring (electronic and print resources), processing (creating bibliographic records that will enable easy retrieval), preserving (sending for repairs, binding and physical replacement of worn and damaged resources) and negotiatinglicense agreements and modes of access to the library’s digital resources with vendors and publishersBrief Description

As a research-intensive university, Wits is in the process of re-conceptualizing libraries to suit its needs in the 21st century.

In order to support these initiatives, the University is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced person for the position of Principal Librarian : Bibliographic Control.

The incumbent will be responsible for quality control and ensuring that bibliographic records on our catalogues and databases are of a high quality and in line with international cataloguing standards.

Qualifications and Required Skills :

  • B.Bibl. degree or Bachelor’s degree plus postgraduate qualification in Library Science
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in an academic / research library environment at a senior level
  • 3 years experience in a supervisory position
  • Professional Honours degree in LIS an advantage
  • The person in this post reports to the Manager : Information Resources.

    Requirements :

  • An in-depth knowledge of cataloguing and classification standards such as LCC, RDA, AACR2, MARC21, LCSH, ISBD punctuation, National Library of Medicine (NLM), and Medical Subject Headings (MESH)
  • In-depth knowledge of electronic resources
  • A working knowledge of Millennium or Sierra is essential
  • Proven experience in bibliographicand authority control
  • Knowledge of non-MARC metadata standards for digitization projects e.g. Dublin Core
  • Staff training skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Commitment to service excellence
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • People management / development
  • Responsibilities :

  • To maintain a quality catalogue of accurate information for the benefit of users and to keep up to date with changing technologies and practices used in the cataloguing process.
  • Metadata control on the institutional repository for theses and other library digitisation projects
  • Editing and testing electronic links (urls) for theses and electronic books
  • Maintaining the cataloguing module of the library system by implementing changes and data upgrades
  • Training new and existing staff on new cataloguing standards and arranging appropriate training courses to ensure that cataloguers are kept up to date with cataloguing developments
  • Collection maintenance and development- working closely with colleagues and academics with regards to gaps in the collection, missing and lost items, replacements and selection of donated materials
  • Supervising workflow and making necessary changes to ensure efficiency in the department so that users receive acquired library materials on time
  • General administrative duties
  • Ad hoc projects and administrative tasks as required in the division
  • Closing date : 19th July 2019

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