Duke University, Duke University Libraries

Position ID:Duke-DUL-RDR [#24534]
Position Title: Resident Librarian for Resource Description
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Library / Technical Services-Cataloging
Library Science
Appl Deadline: finished (2023/03/16, finished 2023/06/21)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Duke University Libraries (DUL) Residency Program The DUL Residency Program will be a three-year program providing enhanced professional development and mentorship to enable two recent graduates of an MLS or related graduate program to gain experience and expertise in a highly specialized area of librarianship. As a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, DUL is launching the Residency Program as part of our organization’s commitment to “diversify and thereby enrich the profession” and “to build an inclusive organizational culture supportive of Black, Indigenous and People of color (BIPOC).” Two Residents will be hired in tandem to create a cohort experience every three years.

This program seeks to provide meaningful work placements in specialized fields of librarianship, aligning the professional goals of Residents with the strategic goals of DUL. To this end, the residency program will guarantee professional development funding to Residents to fund travel, conference attendance, presentations, etc., related to skill-building and their ongoing career trajectories. Additional professional development will also be offered to Residents through both DUL and Duke-wide programming. Formal and informal mentorship opportunities will also be provided to Residents. While an offer for regular employment is not guaranteed after the three-year program, Residents will be placed intentionally with the goal of their positions becoming regular, ranked librarian positions if they are successful during their three-year terms.

Please join us to learn more about the position and ask questions. We are offering an information session over Zoom where we will share more information about the university, our library, and these residency positions. No registration is needed - just click the link at the listed date and time. This is in Eastern Daylight Time. Participants can login as anonymous, attendee names only seen by panelists. Thursday, April 6th at 3:00pm EDT at https://duke.zoom.us/j/95991230185

Position Summary The Resident Librarian for Resource Description works collaboratively with the Original Cataloging Team and with other library colleagues to assist in the creation, management, and configuration of DUL metadata for description. The Resident Librarian will gain experience in applying international cataloging standards to resources in multiple formats and across all subjects in a way that promotes inclusive and effective access, with a focus on a language or languages from the following collecting areas— Middle Eastern (e.g., Arabic, Persian, Turkish), East Asian (Chinese, Korean), Central/South/Southeast Asian languages (e.g., Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, Sanskrit, Uzbek, Kazakh), or Slavic languages (e.g., Russian, Ukrainian). The resident will gain experience working collaboratively on projects and utilizing open-source tools that support better discovery of library resources.


Resource Description • Provide description according to the Statement on Inclusive Description for all formats, subjects, and languages in which there is competence, with an emphasis on focus language resources. Includes performing related research as necessary to contribute new and enhanced records within established standards. • Contribute to the international Program for Cooperative Cataloging. This includes searching, creation, and enhancement of authority records for personal and corporate names, places, and subjects, as well as authenticating bibliographic records to program standards. • Use library technology and encoding/structural standards to perform work related to the enhancement, creation, and transformation of metadata. This may include: bibliographic utilities and knowledge bases (e.g., OCLC); linked data principles (e.g., RDF); authority/entity management (e.g., LCNAF, ISNI); and emerging data models (e.g., BIBFRAME). Engagement and Planning • Assist with designing, implementing, and managing metadata management workflows. • Provide consultation or perform liaison duties to help solve technical problems, interact collaboratively on projects, and exchange information with library staff within and outside of Collections Services. • Participate in planning relating to discovery, access, retrieval, and management of resources in the integrated library system (ILS)/library services platform (LSP) and discovery systems. • Contribute to discussions on the application of appropriate current and emerging cataloging/metadata schema to facilitate access to print, electronic, and digital collections. • Display continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and take an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest can be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, or service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity. • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities • None

Qualifications It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning, and a commitment to creating a culture of inclusion that values and respects diversity of perspective, background, and experience.

Education: Required: Applicants should have recently completed requirements for a Master’s Degree from an ALA‐accredited institution, no later than June 2023.

Preferred: Advanced degree in area studies, literature, or linguistics relevant to focus languages.

Experience: Required: Demonstrated interest in librarianship; advanced linguistic and cultural proficiency in a focus language; willingness to build expertise in use and application of international standards for the description of library resources; willingness to become proficient in the use of metadata management software; evidence of analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills; excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills, including the ability to work collegially and collaboratively within and across organizations.

Preferred: Linguistic and cultural proficiency in a second focus language; familiarity with Resource Description and Access (RDA), MARC21 formats for bibliographic, metadata, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and Library of Congress Classification; familiarity with metadata management software, such as an ILS/LSP or OCLC.

Working Conditions • Routinely moves library materials weighing up to 20 pounds. • Normal office environment. • Occasionally works in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible.

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. This description is subject to change at any time.

Salary and Benefits This is a three-year term position with a focus on retaining the successful candidate recruited into this position. Conversion to a regular ranked appointment at the end of the residency is dependent upon successful completion of the program and availability of funding; the anticipated salary is $60,000. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 vacation days, 14 holidays, 12 sick leave days; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.

Environment Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. We recognize that the workplace only truly flourishes with an active presence of different backgrounds and unique abilities. We value the unseen perspective, the unheard voice, and the unnoticed ideas. We hope to give a platform of growth and connection, where employees can be free to produce new ways of thinking to promote inclusion and respect for all. Duke University Libraries encourages an environment where shared goals are reached by exceptional individuals. Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at: http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php.

Application Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/ . Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.

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Further Info:
email address
365 Rubenstein Library
Box 90194
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708