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Head of Electronic Resources and Serials Cataloging


Under the direction of the Assistant Director, E-Resources + Serials (ER+S), serve as one of the leaders that comprise the ER+S management team. The mission of ER+S is to work together as a collaborative, service-oriented team that strives to ensure students, faculty, and staff have consistent access to the broad range of research publications provided through the University Libraries. The successful candidate will be an innovative and service-oriented leader for the daily operations of the ER+S: Cataloging Unit. We are looking for an energetic, self-motivated librarian to take the lead role in overseeing the operations and staff in a broad range of activities related to the cataloging, metadata and access to Libraries' collection of electronic, licensed and continuing resources. The successful candidate will exhibit the ability to organize, analyze, and solve problems creatively, flexibly, and resourcefully; be comfortable working both independently and collaboratively, taking initiative and following through effectively.


The ER+S: Cataloging Unit Head performs cataloging of serials in all formats, languages, subjects, and levels of difficulty; works closely with the other heads in the E-Resources + Serials and the Cataloging and Metadata Department to manage the bibliographic control of both electronic and print serials, licensed and continuing resources; supervises support staff and assists the same in problem solving; evaluates and disseminates information on innovations and emerging technologies concerning access to electronic resources and serials; explores trends and develops procedures for the use of non-MARC metadata; consults widely to provide effective access to electronic resources and serials for a diverse clientele; and provides leadership by representing the library in local and national organizations relating to electronic resources and serials.

Specific Responsibilities include the following:

  • Perform original and copy cataloging and record maintenance on a variety of formats and languages; print serials, online serials, integrating resources (databases/websites), online books, collaborate with specialists for other formats, such as visual resource materials. Resolve complex cataloging problems. Contributes cataloging to the CONSER program.
  • Work with a variety of bibliographic record sets to provide access to collections; evaluate, edit, manage workflow, and communicate with Bibliographers and the CDC.
  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate support staff. Develop and communicate departmental goals, objectives, policies, and procedures. Ensure staff receives appropriate training and supervision, and the support they need to excel at their jobs.
  • Study, document, and provide support for cataloging functions of the library's integrated library system.
  • Work with colleagues to support the discovery of and access to the Libraries' digital collections and born-digital content; assist in data management efforts through metadata creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance according to local and national cataloging and metadata standards.
  • Work with colleagues to define data elements, recommend usage and determine mapping among metadata schema. Participate in the development, evaluation, and implementation of metadata policies, standards, goals, procedures, and workflows in cooperation with necessary stakeholders.
  • Participate in developing system-wide standards for encoding and maintaining accurate management information to support collection development and collection management activities.
  • Cultivate and maintain collegial working relationships across the Libraries, particularly with subject librarians, area studies liaisons and staff in Collection Development and Management.
  • Serve on Libraries committee and campus-wide committees and perform other duties as assigned. Represent the Libraries regionally, nationally and internationally on cataloging-related matters.



  • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or the equivalent in skills and experience.
  • Demonstrated functional knowledge of current cataloging practices such as such as AACR2, LCSH, LC Classification, forthcoming changes with RDA and MARC and an understanding of the principles of authority control.
  • Experience with an integrated library system and bibliographic utilities.
  • Two to four years supervisory experience and ability to work effectively with individuals and groups within a large organization required; experience within a combined union and non-union staffing environment strongly desirable. Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, set performance expectations, establish and implement efficient workflows, achieve goals, create and expose documentation and direct work in a high-production setting.
  • Demonstrated receptiveness to and understanding of emerging information technologies.
  • Ability to demonstrate appropriate professional qualifications. Qualifications include excellent communication and interpersonal skills, collegiality, and initiative. Attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, proven problem solving ability, and ability to flourish in a high-intensity work environment. Demonstrated initiative in fostering new ideas and in implementing change. Public service orientation; ability to interact with students, faculty and staff in a courteous, professional, and collegial manner and to embrace the diversity of the Libraries' users and staff.

  • Knowledge of trends in information access pertaining to libraries, and metadata librarianship.
  • Experience with CONSER cataloging standards.
  • Working knowledge or experience with non-MARC metadata standards and schemas, such as Dublin Core, EAD, MODS, METS, OAI, TEI, XML, Darwin Core, and VRA Core.
  • Experience providing metadata/cataloging services, preferably within an academic or research library setting.
  • Experience within a combined union and non-union staffing environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
  • Knowledge of MARC Edit, Perl, PHP, and XSLT.
  • Successful project management experience.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package, additional information available at

To Apply:

Potential candidates are invited to submit a letter of application that addresses the needs and qualifications of the position, along with their resume and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references who can address the suitability of the candidate for the position described, as well as complete an on-line employment application at

Alternatively, you may search by reference # 120833341 at

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.