EBSCO Information Services (EIS) provides a complete and optimized research solution comprised of e-journals, e-books, and research databases — all combined with the most powerful discovery service to support the information needs and maximize the research experience of our end-users. Headquartered in Ipswich, MA, EIS employs more than 3,300 people worldwide. We are the leader in our field due to our cutting-edge technology, forward-thinking philosophy, and top-notch workforce. EIS, a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., based in Birmingham, AL, is ranked in the top 200 of the nation’s largest, privately held corporations according to Forbes magazine. EBSCO is a company that will motivate you, inspire you, and allow you to grow. We are looking for the best. If you are too, we encourage you to explore our unique opportunities.
Responsible for coordinating and prioritizing the day-to-day work of the Cataloging Unit to support the stated goals of the department director and unit manager. The Team Leader plans and schedules the training of new hires. They communicate all issues and concerns related to unit operations to the unit manager or department director. In addition, the primary responsibilities of the position include all those of a Cataloging Bibliographer such as performing subject analysis and classification on both approval and firm ordered physical and electronic titles, building MARC records up to full-level and applying all appropriate RDA rules in support of products supplied by Library Technical Services to accompany purchased content.
- Coordinates and monitors the day-to-day activities and workload of the catalogers within the unit and establishes schedules and daily priorities of the team (in consultation with the manager) to best meet the current business priorities.
- Acts as the primary day to day contact person for common inquiries from unit, and related units (such as Customer Service).
- Acts as liaison in communications with other units to resolve workflow issues. Serves as a proxy for the unit manager in meetings as needed.
- Works with the manager to develop and promulgate best practices for meeting production goals while lowering operating costs and maintaining quality.
- Coordinates training efforts and related assessment to ensure quality of our products. Assists in planning for upcoming changes and training.
- Reports on issues and trends observed in the team and related units.
- Assists with writing annual performance evaluations for team members and takes primary responsibility for the evaluation of new employees in the unit.
- Delivers feedback to team members; draws attention to successes and offers suggestions for improvement where needed.
- Provides guidance and mentorship to staff within the unit as questions arise. Reports issues to Management quickly and as appropriate.
- Keeps informed of changes and trends in the greater cataloging community; looks for potential impact on expectations from our customers.
- Assigns Library of Congress Subject Headings and appropriate sub-headings following SCM and LCSH rules.
- Assigns Library of Congress Classification and cutter numbers following LCC and CSM instructions.
- Assigns Dewey Decimal Classification numbers using the full current edition.
- Assigns Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and appropriate sub-heading strings.
- Assigns National Library of Medicine classification.
- Assigns Canadian literature, history and KF modified classification as appropriate for specific customers.
- Assigns library-specific cuttering and shelflisting as required.
- Creates full-level cataloging records in MARC (or other metadata format) following RDA and Library of Congress Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements as appropriate.
- Searches OCLC, LC catalog and authorities, and customer online catalogs as necessary.
- Upgrades LC CIP records and other less-than-full-level records.
- Exhibit focused attention to detail for prolonged periods.
- Possess a working knowledge of MARC editing tools such as MarcEdit or Connexion
- Comfort with multi-tasking and shifting priorities throughout the work day.
- Work efficiently and keep work organized.
- Proficient with end-user computer technologies.
- Demonstrates the ability to learn new skills quickly.
- Work collaboratively and effectively with team members to accomplish individual, team and company goals.
- Flexible with rapidly shifting priorities.
- Positive attitude.
- Good communication skills, both oral and written.
- Willingness to collaborate as part of a team.
- Ability to accept constructive criticism and learn from it.
- Eagerness to understand.
- Accountable for one’s work.
- Strong work ethic and drive to make a positive impact on the company's success.
EIS Cultural Competencies
Drive; Positive Attitude; Good Judgement; Open Communication; Collaboration; Desire to Make an Impact; Eager to Understand; Accountable; Decisive; Team Player
Required Qualifications (Measurable)
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science required or 2 years of Cataloging experience in a library or library service provider setting.
- 1+ year experience with MS Word and/or Excel.
Preferred Qualifications (Measurable)
- Experience in library technical services or knowledge of library operations preferred.
- Experience using LC Classification Web, OCLC Connexion, Cataloger’s Desktop and/or OCLC WebDewey.
- Experience assigning Library of Congress and/or Dewey classification numbers.
- Experience searching authority files.
- Experience using the Library of Congress Subject Cataloging Manual and performing subject analysis.
- Demonstrated proficiency in applying current cataloging guidelines (RDA).
- Demonstrated proficiency in applying current MARC 21 Bibliographic standards to monographs cataloging.
- Knowledge of the Library of Congress classification system and subject headings.
- Broad knowledge of all the functions of the Cataloging Unit and of the LTS Department.
- Knowledge of and compliance with LTS quality assurance standards.
- Understands and supports the goals and values of LTS; models and actively communicates them effectively.
- Demonstrates mastery of job duties, requiring no supervisor follow up.
- Understands all company processes and functions that have an impact upon or are impacted by the work of the Unit.
- Knows and appropriately follows the company’s hierarchy.
- Demonstrated expertise with managerial techniques.
- Ability to work in a production environment.
- Ability to use sound judgment, analyze disparate information, evaluate complex and ambiguous situations and recommend solutions.
- Ability to multitask and demonstrate flexibility in dealing with changing priorities.
- Ability to perform with frequent interruptions, distractions and fluctuating workloads.
- Ability to participate effectively on teams, commit to meeting agreed-upon goals and objectives, and support team decisions.
- Formulates new and imaginative solutions that reflect careful consideration of company and department needs and goals.
- Recognize and act upon opportunities to improve services and operations.
- Transfers learning from one situation to solve a problem in another.
- Ability to be open and inclusive so that all relevant parties are kept informed of issues and changes.
- Basic computer competencies, including Microsoft productivity applications and Web browsers.
- Exemplary communication skills, both written and oral, to effectively communicate issues, concerns and ideas internally and externally, to individuals and in group settings.
- Strong interpersonal skills to establish effective working relationships among all departments, with both professional and paraprofessional staff.
- Highly developed organizational skills to keep information accessible and work systematically and efficiently.
Field of Study:
Library or Information Science
Non-English Language(s) Required:
Min. Hrs. on Phone Daily:
Min. Hrs. at Computer Daily:
Ability to operate a personal computer 7+ hours a day
No travel required
Understand complex problems and collaborate to explore alternative solutions.
Organize and prioritize the work schedules of others to manage multiple tasks and/or projects.
Make decisions that have an impact on the immediate work unit's operations and/or services.
Communicate and explain a variety of information.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide.
Other Physical/Mental Requirements:
Scheduled to work in office full time, 5 days per week.
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