Jobs for Medievalists

The Ohio State University (OSU) Libraries is a highly valued partner and campus leader in advancing discovery and learning for OSU, for the state of Ohio and for an ever expanding community of world scholars.  We are currently seeking a Special Collections Cataloging Coordinator within the Collections and Technical Services division, to support the work of the Special Collections unit. The Special Collections unit collects, preserves, and promotes the use of distinctive collections, unique resources and primary research materials. For additional information about the Special Collections Department please visit:

Summary of Duties:

This Special Collections Cataloging Coordinator is central to our efforts to make locally owned collections of distinction accessible and discoverable which in turn supports many other areas of the Libraries’ strategic plan. This staff position will lead a program of effective and consistent processes to provide access to the diverse Ohio State University Libraries Special Collections through the library catalog and other library discovery tools.

Key responsibilities include:

• Works collaboratively with the Special Collections Processing Coordinator and curatorial staff to improve intellectual and physical control over materials described in the library catalog and establishes policies, procedures and best practices.

•  Manages daily cataloging operations, including supervision of staff, distribution of materials to department staff, serving as a resource for cataloging questions, and carrying out quality control.

• Performs original and complex cataloging for a variety of collections as needed, with a focus on pre-1800 materials and collections that require a more detailed level of cataloging. When appropriate, applies Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials rules.

• Coordinates receipt and review of newly acquired materials, including collaborating with Acquisitions and curatorial personnel to verify receipt, process invoices, and determine priority and processing plans.

Target Salary: $38,000 – $45,000 Annually

Required qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in a field relevant to a Special Collection at OSUL, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; considerable supervisory experience; considerable experience with original cataloging of library materials, including expertise in standards used for library cataloging including AACR2, MARC, RDA or an equivalent combination of education and experience; ability to understand, interpret, and apply complex policies and procedures; experience with project planning and development of workflows; ability to prioritize, problem solve, delegate and monitor project life cycles; ability to build and cultivate essential partnerships with key stakeholders to promote organizational goals; demonstrated initiative with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively across the organization; strong communication skills and attention to detail.

Desired qualifications: Advanced degree in History, English, Medieval Studies, or related field; experience with Descriptive Cataloging for Rare Materials (DCRM), manuscripts cataloging, and/or descriptive bibliography; familiarity with metadata standards, such as Dublin Core or EAD; experience creating metadata; reading ability in one or more non-English language (Western European languages preferred); experience with training development and facilitation.

Go to for a completed description and to apply. Applications will be accepted until July 6, 2014.

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