Head of Cataloging, UCLA Law Library

By February 16, 2021

UCLA Law Library

The Law Library serves the Law School faculty and students as their basic library and study resource for teaching and research.  The UCLA School of Law has approximately 1,100 law students, 100 full- and part-time faculty, and 120 law school staff.  The School has a varied and demanding curriculum, highly productive faculty, an extensive clinical and externship program, more than a dozen research centers and programs, and 15 law journals.  The Law Library also supplies legal resources for other UCLA faculty, students, and staff with a need for such materials.  Heavy use of the Law Library is made by members the UCLA community and members of the bench and bar.

The UCLA Law Library seeks a Head of the Cataloging to carry out the cataloging goals of the Law Library by establishing priorities, setting policy, implementing procedures, supervising staff, and sharing the day-to-day cataloging workload with two other catalogers. The position’s salary is between $84,507 – $116,341 and its rank ranges from Associate LIbrarian to Full Librarian. The position start date is June 1, 2021 and the application deadline for first consideration is March 16, 2021.

Job Duties

Under the direction of the Director, Bibliographic Services, the Head of Cataloging oversees, participates in, and reports on the daily operations of the Law Library’s cataloging section.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Implement cataloging policies based on national and UCLA standards
  • Develop and implement local cataloging policies as needed, based on the specific needs of the Law School’s faculty and students
  • Directly supervise, train, and evaluate one librarian and one library assistant
  • Perform original and complex contributed cataloging in a variety of Western European languages and in all bibliographic and physical formats, including monographs, serials, print loose-leafs, audiovisual materials, and electronic resources, applying national standards according to the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) and Library of Congress guidelines
  • Perform name, series, and subject authority work, and contribute or revise name, series and subject authority records in the national authority files
  • Evaluate vendor-supplied records, arranging for their retrieval from OCLC or other external sources; prepare import profiles as needed, and oversee bulk loading of record sets
  • Resolve complex bibliographic problems and conflicts in bibliographic records
  • Work closely with public services staff to resolve questions and concerns regarding records in the online public catalog
  • Develop and implement special cataloging projects as needed
  • Oversee (and in some cases perform) a variety of cataloging maintenance activities, using global data change functions when possible
  • Serve as campus liaison for cataloging, systems, serials and e-resources management related committees and task groups

Job Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science OR significant graduate-level coursework toward such a degree OR equivalent education and experience
  • Minimum of five years of cataloging experience in an academic law library setting, working with a variety of bibliographic formats
  • Minimum of three years of supervisory or project oversight experience in an academic library setting, including training and developing documentation
  • Up-to-date knowledge of, and experience in, applying the following cataloging tool and resources: Cataloging Legal Literature 5th edition, Resource Description and Access (RDA), the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2r), Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and classification, and MARC21 formats for bibliographic and authority data
  • Experience in cataloging materials through a cataloging utility such as OCLC, in an integrated library system environment
  • Demonstrated ability to apply national cataloging policy and practice as determined by the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) and the Library of Congress
  • Experience in retrieving, modifying (either through an external program or within the ILS itself), and loading record sets into a bibliographic database
  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions independently within the framework of departmental and library policies and goals
  • Demonstrated initiative and flexibility in order to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities
  • Firm commitment to a high level of service to faculty and students in a demanding academic environment
  • Demonstrated proficiency with personal computers and software, the Internet, and library-relevant information technology applications
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a variety of people in a diverse multicultural environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Applicants with all the above basic qualifications and any of the following preferred qualifications or professional experiences are strongly encouraged to apply: (1) Experience with Ex Libris’ Alma integrated library system; (2) Experience cataloging in a PCC institution; (3) Experience working in a consortium-based cataloging environment; (4) Reading knowledge of at least one modern foreign language

To apply for this job please visit recruit.apo.ucla.edu.