[ISHMap-List] Map Cataloger position at Stanford (3 year term position)

Julie Sweetkind-Singer sweetkind at stanford.edu
Tue Jan 6 01:12:37 CET 2015

** apologies for cross posting ** 

Hi, all, 

Please forward widely to anyone who may be qualified and interested. Thank you. 
TO APPLY: Please go to jobs.stanford.edu and search for job # 65501. 

Note: This position was posted last summer and later was frozen. Due to the length of time between then and now, we are starting the search from scratch. 


Title: Map Cataloger 

Status: 3-year term position (100% time) 

Job level: Assistant or Associate Librarian (3P1/3P2) 

Organization: Stanford University Libraries, Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections 

Reports to: Assistant Director of Geospatial, Cartographic and Scientific Data/Head of the Branner Earth Sciences Library (Assistant Director) 

TO APPLY: Please go to jobs.stanford.edu and search for job # 65501 

General description 

Stanford University Libraries (SUL) is seeking a Map Cataloger to work directly with paper and digital historical and antiquarian maps held in numerous collections across the campus and in direct support of the David Rumsey Map Center. The goal of this position is to enable discovery and use of these materials across a variety of platforms including the library catalog, geospatial discovery environments, and interactive indexes. 

The position is based in the Branner Earth Sciences Library and reports to the Assistant Director of Geospatial, Cartographic and Scientific Data & Services. After the David Rumsey Map Center opens, the librarian will also work in Green Library both cataloging maps and staffing the reference desk on a regular basis. 

The Map Cataloger will: 

    * Create discovery metadata for cartographic materials in accordance with accepted local practice and applicable national standards, or obtain suitable catalog records when obtainable. Currently, predominate schemas are RDA applied according to the BIBCO standards and MODS. 
    * Assess the metadata requirements for new collections as they are considered and acquired either through purchase or by digital donation. 
    * Design, implement, and manage workflows for original and copy cataloging, using all available resources from the professional librarian staff to hourly employees and student workers. 
    * Create project estimates for the cataloging and metadata work that needs to be completed. 
    * Work directly with the Digital Library Systems and Services group and the Metadata Development Unit to set standards, create crosswalks for metadata transformations (typically to MODS), and perform quality assurance on those transformations. 
    * Participate in library-wide projects to make cartographic materials available through a variety of outlets including the library catalog, geospatial web portals, exhibit sites, and mobile applications. 
    * Provide feedback on the display of records across multiple discovery environments. 
    * Provide reference support for the Branner Map Collections and staff the reference desk for the David Rumsey Map Center when it opens. 
    * Work with the Assistant Director to secure grant funding to work through the backlogs in the collections, providing project management and overseeing the work of those hired for the work. 
    * Participate in relevant professional activities both within and outside Stanford. 

Required Qualifications : 

    * MLIS or a Bachelor’s Degree and equivalent experience. 
    * Theoretical knowledge of current cataloging procedures and principles as defined in RDA, AACR2, MARC Bibliographic, Holdings, and Authorities formats. Ability to rapidly learn and implement new cataloging procedures and principles adopted by the Department. (Practical knowledge required for the Associate level.) 
    * Experience with principles of authority control, including selecting and applying controlled vocabularies and ontologies (required for the Associate level). 
    * Working knowledge and the ability to analyze, and utilize existing and emerging metadata standards, such as MODS, Dublin Core, METS, XML, and relevant thesauri or ontologies, as required by special projects. Ability to provide mapping between different metadata standards in a dynamic environment. 
    * Project management skills (experience required for the Associate level). 
    * High level of proficiency using PC-based applications (Windows and Mac, word processing, spreadsheets) and other computer applications (email, Internet, Integrated Library Systems); high level computer competency kept up to date through continuous learning. 
    * Excellent analytical and problem solving skills combined with attention to detail for complex, detail-oriented work. 
    * Effective oral and written communication skills. 
    * Ability to work independently, as a team member, and across departmental boundaries in a fast-paced environment. 
    * Flexibility to be organized, productive and effective in a dynamic environment, involved with a variety of simultaneous projects and workflows. 
    * High level of comfort in digital environments coupled with the ability to read complex visual information. 
    * Commitment to professional development and service. 
    * Friendly, personable and willing to work directly with the public. 

Desired Qualifications: 

    * Experience with cataloging of cartographic material, antiquarian maps/atlases, and geospatial materials in digital and analog formats. 
    * Knowledge of rare materials cataloging standards such as DCRM. 
    * Advanced knowledge of one modern Western European language in addition to English; working knowledge of other Western European languages. 
    * Familiarity with RDF, XML, and other machine actionable metadata languages. 



Julie Sweetkind-Singer 
Assistant Director of Geospatial, Cartographic and Scientific Data & Services 
Head Librarian, Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections 
Stanford University 
397 Panama Mall; MC 2211 
Stanford, CA 94305 

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