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Job Opening ID: 134508
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job Title: Information Resources Specialist Senior
Departments: International Studies & Technical Services
Work Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Posting Begin/End Date: 11/22/2016-12/19/2016

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. 

Job Summary
The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

This cataloger role is responsible for copy and original cataloging of materials in multiple formats in Hebrew characters, English, and any Western European language in accordance with local and national standards. A successful applicant who meets the required qualifications will receive training in the necessary cataloging skills that are needed. This role applies knowledge of the Hebrew and Yiddish languages as well as Judaism, Jewish culture and civilization, and Israel to create and update bibliographic records that are shared across the world. The role involves extensive work with online catalogs, databases, and web resources. This role is involved with culturally diverse faculty, students and staff to achieve objectives and nimbly respond to new challenges in a dynamic environment.

This role jointly reports to the Technical Services Coordinator in International Studies and the Head of Resource Description and Maintenance in Technical Services. Approximately half of the role’s effort will be in support of Judaica cataloging in International Studies and half will be in support of Western European language cataloging in Technical Services.

The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library's mission.

  • Create original or substantially edit bibliographic records to full level, including classification and subject analysis, utilizing and applying RDA and AACR2metadata metadata schemas and the MARC content standard, while adhering to local collection procedures and established production standards.
  • Process tangible and electronic materials including, but not limited to, monographs, serials, microforms, scores, video and board games, visual and electronic items for general and Special Collections in Hebrew, Yiddish, English or any Western European language.
  • Transliterate Hebrew and Yiddish according to the American Library Association-Library of Congress (ALA-LC) Romanization Tables and add or edit Hebrew script in records representing materials in Hebrew or Yiddish.
  • Assist with receipt of Israeli blanket order and gifts.
  • Share responsibility for maintenance of the Judaica workflow and its component parts.
  • As needed, cover additional and evolving services or functions related to enhancing the discovery and delivery of library content.
  • Maintain current knowledge of new and emerging cataloging standards.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education.
  • Extensive knowledge of Hebrew; oral and written, including the ability to translate and transliterate Hebrew.
  • Reading knowledge of Yiddish.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively, either independently or as part of a team.
  • Ability to work with multiple teams and balance priorities.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to understand diverse perspectives and acknowledge the significance of differences and complexities in backgrounds, cultures, values and viewpoints as the foundation for an inclusive environment.
Desired Qualifications
  • Reading knowledge of an additional non-English, Western European language.
Additional Information
This position may be filled using an FLSA exempt or non-exempt designation.

Application Deadline
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


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