Director of Library Technical Services, Northeastern State University

By IS Lab April 22, 2021

Tahlequah Library

This position provides oversight to the library department that obtains and organizes intellectual content. The position’s projected hire date is June 1, 2021.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate all efforts to maintain intellectual control over NSU Libraries’ collections.
  • Coordinate and oversee the very complex workflow of Technical Services. Make adjustments to workflow in order to optimize precision in intellectual control and efficiency in processing.
  • Perform higher level Acquisitions activities such as maintaining vendor contracts and subscriptions, while delegating appropriate tasks to the Acquisitions Assistant.
  • Serve as a second professional cataloger to assist the Catalog Librarian when needed.
  • Recruit, train, supervise, mentor, and evaluate the Catalog Librarian and all Technical Services staff except for the copy catalogers (who report to the Catalog Librarian).
  • Oversee NSU Libraries’ materials budget and coordinate materials purchase with Research and Instructional Services librarians.
  • Maintain Library subscribed electronic resources in the Discovery Knowledge Base.
  • Represent Technical Services on the Library Leadership Team. Communicate with the Executive Director of Libraries and other library leaders regarding initiatives within Technical Services.
  • May perform systems management functions in the Technical Services area of the library management system.
  • Prepare reports concerning Technical Services functions and library collections for the Executive Director of Libraries.
  • Make recommendations to the Executive Director of Libraries about personnel matters, budget needs, and general operational needs of technical services.
  • Serve on university faculty committees as assigned.
  • Performs related duties.

Job Qualifications

  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of a professional master’s degree accredited by the American
  • Library Association or international equivalent.
  • Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the work of subordinate positions to be able to answer questions and resolve problems, usually associated with one to three years experience or service.Knowledge of a broad view of intellectual control at the university and the ways it affects public services while also ensuring precision in the details of intellectual control in a department with multiple staff members.
  • Knowledge of professional level skills and experience in cataloging and classification including knowledge of RDA and AACR2 cataloging rules; Library of Congress, Dewey Decimal, and Superintendent of Documents classification systems; and Library of Congress Subject
  • Headings. Requires facility with relevant cataloging interfaces.
  • Skill in mid-level management  of recruiting, training, and supervising personnel and also an advanced knowledge of library technical services..
  • Skill in workflow management and insight, also the willingness to experiment while maintaining precision.
  • Skill in budgeting, communication, collegiality and leadership.
  • Skill in delegating, organization and attention to detail.
  • Skill with technical interfaces and vigilance.
  • Skill in negotiating, diplomacy, and close attention to needs of the department and new developments in Technical Services.

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