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Friday, March 19, 2010

F/T - Assistant Director of Special Formats Processing - NY Public Library

The New York Public Library

Type of Library

Job Description
Under the general direction of the Director of Collections Strategy, the Assistant Director of Special Formats Processing:- Is responsible for providing strong leadership in the coordination and management of cataloging activities for special collections & special formats materials throughout NYPL. Materials include, but are not limited to rare books, print, photographs, non-commercial sound and video recordings, set, costume and lighting designs, ephemera and artifacts.
- Supervises and trains staff in cataloging and metadata creation.
- Plans, coordinates and manages work flows of the unit based on collection priorities and institutional goals.
- Works closely with Collections and Circulation Operations (CCO) on the development and standardization of cataloging practice throughout the Library.
- Collaborates with curators and collection development staff on developing cataloging priorities and strategies for backlog reduction.
- Works closely with others to prepare funding proposals for the processing of special format materials and administers appropriate grant funds and budgets.
- Represents the Library in organizations, conferences and consortia related to special formats processing.
- Maintains a personal program of continuous education and professional development, and assists other staff members in developing such programs for themselves.
Performs related duties as required.

Required Experience
- MLS from an ALA-accredited institution and additional graduate degree in humanities subject preferred.
- Minimum of five years successful professional experience in cataloging special collection material, including the use of OCLC Connexion and experience with Innovative Interfaces Millennium preferred.
- Successfully demonstrated knowledge of cataloging procedures, principles and standards for multiple special formats.
- Demonstrated experience in the creation and maintenance of authority records.
- Demonstrated awareness of current trends and developments in cataloging and metadata schemas.
- Successfully demonstrated experience in the areas of project management, problem-solving and decision-making in a collaborative and coordinated planning environment.
- Successfully demonstrated experience in the supervision and training of staff.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including the ability to work effectively with staff across departments.
- Successful budget management experience preferred.

Education Requirements
MLS from an ALA-accredited institution and additional graduate degree in humanities subject preferred.


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