Job: Chair, Cataloging and Discovery Services

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Chair, Cataloging and Discovery Services

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$57,294 minimum salary at the Chair and Assistant University Librarian rank

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Position REQUIRES a Master's degree from an ALA accredited program.



$57,294 minimum salary at the Chair and Assistant University Librarian rank
$65,589 minimum salary at the Chair and Associate University Librarian rank
Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials



The George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, seeks applications and nominations for the position of Chair for Cataloging and Discovery Services. The department provides descriptions for and access to materials and resources held at the University of Florida in all formats and subjects, including unique and cultural heritage collections. The department actively supports innovations in the description of materials held by the Smathers Libraries. The chair collaborates with Digital Support Services (DSS) on building the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC) and leads the Libraries in integrating linked open data applications such as BIBFRAME with existing practices.
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Discovery, Digital Services and Shared Collections, the Chair for Cataloging and Discovery Services is a tenure track library faculty position which provides leadership, strategic vision and direction for optimizing description and access to all library resources for all users. This includes awareness of emerging metadata standards and linked data technologies in academic library cataloging practices. The Chair leads the department in implementing best practices and coordinates ongoing development of departmental staff by encouraging a commitment to continual improvement. The Chair collaborates with departmental staff to achieve the department’s goals, establish policies and procedures to escalate discoverability of collections in all formats in accordance with library-wide priorities, and support the Smathers Libraries’ commitment to cooperative cataloging programs. These initiatives require wide consultation and delegation throughout the department and the Libraries. Additionally, this position is a key member of the Libraries’ management team, ensuring organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and development of policies for library operations that are attentive to users’ experience.  
The successful candidate will be an experienced and forward-thinking leader who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the progressive nature of librarianship and the role of cataloging in enhancing discovery for library users. The Cataloging and Discovery Services department is active in the national and international cooperative cataloging initiatives of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) — BIBCO, NACO, SACO, and CONSER. Strong participation in these programs is expected to transform and advance the functions and impact of cataloging and discovery.
The Chair will incorporate diverse content and perspectives including experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, etc. in work activities to support the UF community and foster excellence in our diverse and global society.
The Libraries are actively seeking candidates who bring culturally rich lived experiences to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and perspectives to support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and collaborative society.
The Chair for Cataloging and Discovery Services is a year-round (12 month) tenure track library faculty position, in the Cataloging and Discovery Services Department with primary responsibilities of providing leadership, strategic vision and direction for optimizing description and access to all library resources for all users. The successful candidate will engage in professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.

  • Leads Cataloging and Discovery Services operations by setting well-articulated goals in congruence with the Libraries’ strategic objectives; coordinates communications related to department activities; regularly measures outputs through monthly statistical reports; and routinely assesses needed resources
  • Utilizes inclusive supervisory practices to lead a department of seven personnel, including evaluating the department’s operational effectiveness through periodic reports, annual performance evaluations, staff development, and mechanisms for continual feedback from all personnel who work with Cataloging and Discovery Services
  • Fosters a collaborative approach to achieving the department’s goals, establishing policies and procedures to integrate and enhance discoverability of the collections in all formats in accordance with library-wide priorities and supporting the Smathers Libraries’ commitment to cooperative cataloging programs. These initiatives require wide consultation throughout the department and the Libraries and considerable delegation of responsibilities
  • Fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion through cataloging practices that advance thinking for justice, and manages problematic metadata in manners that support findability and justice
  • Coordinates Program for Cooperative Cataloging-related activities for UF catalogers and serves as the NACO Florida Funnel Coordinator
  • Collaborates with the Head of Shared Collections and Storage to provide advice and knowledge of national standards for the FLorida Academic REpository (FLARE) cataloging staff and help others to understand the transfer of printed materials to FLARE
  • Collaborates with Digital Support Services for their work in creating metadata for digital items in the UF Digital Collections
  • Provides leadership in cataloging/standards and services and promotes emerging digital information environments and metadata standards for effective access to electronic materials
  • Leads the department in new system implementations and works with other departments throughout the Libraries to ensure that Cataloging and Discovery Services is meeting user needs
  • Provides leadership in statewide cooperative cataloging environment and coordinates the Libraries’ service, representation, and leadership on initiatives in support of public universities and colleges in Florida, such as Florida Postsecondary Academic Library Network (FPALN)  
  • Coordinates assignments and policy positions for representatives to the cooperative cataloging programs in which the Smathers Libraries participates, including assuming primary responsibility for assessing performance and representing the Smathers Libraries in negotiating terms and conditions of commitments
  • Researches and analyzes cataloging trends and integrates these into departmental goals
  • Participates in the cooperative management of the Libraries through service on Joint Chairs (comprised of the Libraries’ deans, administration, and department chairs) and other library consultative bodies. Participates in University of Florida committees as appropriate
  • Maintains active involvement and leadership in appropriate professional and subject-related organizations
  • Performs scholarly research and provides service related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria in order to advance the goals of the institution and advance the profession



Research indicates that applicants from underrepresented groups are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all the required and preferred qualifications. We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop the preferred skills. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to communicate how their work and other experiences satisfy the required qualifications in ways that may not be obvious.



  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited (or foreign equivalent) program, or other relevant advanced degree in subject specialty
  • Appointment at the Assistant University Librarian rank requires a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience; and appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank requires 8 or more years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated successful experience supervising, leading change, fostering professional development and promoting collaboration
  • Extensive experience with a variety of data standards that include data structure standards, (e.g., MARC, BIBFRAME, Dublin Core), data value standards (e.g., Library of Congress Subject Headings, Name Authority File) and data content standards (e.g., Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, Resource Description and Access, International Standard Bibliographic Description, Cataloging Cultural Objects, Describing Archives: A Content Standard); and, demonstrated knowledge in integration of emerging standards to established workflows and strong interests in exploring automated methods to improve  the discovery, description and/or access of digital content
  • Experience utilizing online tools in cataloging or metadata work, such as RDA Toolkit and Cataloger’s Desktop
  • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service, and other work
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills including oral and written communication
  • Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a complex, rapidly changing professional environment
  • Strong potential to meet the requirements for tenure and promotion outlined in the departmental by-laws



  • Demonstrated knowledge of the linked data environment, including emerging library initiatives (e.g., BIBFRAME) and name identifier systems (e.g., ORCID, ISNI)
  • Experience with Ex Libris Alma/Primo VE or similar integrated library systems
  • Experience in an academic or research setting
  • Experience contributing bibliographic and authority records using national Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) standards
  • Experience cataloging in one or more foreign languages
  • Experience using metrics to assess effectiveness
  • Record reflecting substantive scholarship and research



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Library Type:
  • Academic Libraries

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Job Place:
Smathers Libraries

Job Location:
Central Florida

1545 W University Avenue




Institution Information
Institution Name :
University of Florida, George A Smathers Libraries

1545 W University Avenue




Contact Information / How to apply
Contact Name:
Joseph Piazza

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How to apply

Application Process
To apply, submit

  • a cover letter detailing your interest in, and qualifications for this position
  • your current resume or CV
  • Optional: portfolio containing 1-2 original bibliographical records in MARC or non-MARC format plus 2-4 successful NACO/SACO proposals
  • a list of three references including their contact information (telephone number and email address)
  • a written statement regarding “How to adapt cataloging practices to meet the needs of a fast changing technology frontier”. (250 words)

Apply by September 16, 2021 and applications are being reviewed as received. Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Requisition Requisition 76377. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, address inquiries to Bonnie Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at:

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