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Faculty Research Assistant | Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)

  • 06 Mar 2024 8:01 PM
    Message # 13325989
    Jacalyn Pearce (Administrator)

    The Faculty Research Assistant (FRA) performs cataloging of monograph and Special Collections resources for all RDA media types collected by the library. This includes resources in English as well as other languages. The position assigns Library of Congress call numbers, uses Library of Congress subject headings, and performs name authority work. This position performs copy, complex, and original cataloging using advanced knowledge of library and information procedures, services, and resources. The FRA will contribute to the cataloging of other materials and do project work as needed. The position classifies and provides subject analysis. The FRA assists the Lead Cataloger with training other catalogers and serves as a project lead. The position may supervise student employees and is responsible for hiring, training, and leading their daily work. The FRA contributes to departmental research and assessment activities. The position collaborates with colleagues across library departments and in professional organizations and societies and engages in service activities.

    The specific duties and expectations for the FRA include:

    • Performs copy cataloging and original cataloging of monographs and Special Collections resources including the assignment of Library of Congress call numbers and Library of Congress subject headings, as well as name authority work. Using OCLC systems, searches and interprets name, subject, and series authority records. Upgrades and corrects OCLC bibliographic records to cataloging standards.
    • Improves discovery of content related to or written by underrepresented communities and advances equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism while contributing to the development of cataloging policies and standards.
    • Supports student success and research productivity by increasing the discoverability of high-quality information resources for OSU researchers.
    • Serves as a project manager.
    • In accordance with local and national policies, standards, and guidelines, performs original and complex cataloging and classification of resources in a variety of formats, including physical and digital, and in a variety of languages. Performs cataloging using policies, guidelines, and standards that may include: RDA, AACR2, DCRM, MARC, LCSH, LCC, OCLC, NACO, BIBCO, CONSER, and other cataloging standards.
    • Assists the Lead Cataloger to coordinate and/or deliver training sessions to the catalogers and other library staff.
    • Participates in the development and maintenance of the catalog, including record maintenance and the resolution of inconsistencies.
    • Provides authority control for access points in catalog records, including names, titles, and subjects. Creates original name authority records on OCLC; submits new subject headings to NACO coordinator.
    • Assists with cataloging on rush and reserve materials, DVDs, CDs, theses, dissertations, and foreign language materials.
    • Batch loads bibliographic records into the local catalog system on an as needed basis.
    • Supervises student employees within the Cataloging & Government Documents Unit, including hiring, training, developing projects, and conducting daily work of student employees.
    • Develops, maintains and documents cataloging procedures by writing new procedures and updating current procedures.
    • Keeps current with changes that develop in the OCLC and Alma systems, local and national cataloging rules, and PCC policies and rules.
    • Assists with other cataloging projects as assigned.

    What You Will Need:

    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
    • Minimum of 3 years library experience.
    • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of original cataloging, including bibliographic and authority data, MARC21, RDA, AACR2, LCC, and LCSH.
    • Experience with monograph or special collections cataloging.
    • Experience cataloging a variety of formats.
    • Ability to work in a flexible and changing environment, including adapting to changes in priorities, responsibilities, and duties.
    • A strong customer service orientation.
    • The person in this position must be sensitive to the needs of an inclusive and diverse community at Oregon State University and fulfill the relevant duties in support of the University’s core values in promoting a welcoming, respectful, and accessible environment in engaging with members of both the University and the OSU Libraries and Press communities. The position will promote an inclusive environment and interact equitably with all library staff and users. All library resources must be treated equally, regardless of subject, in the spirit of academic freedom.
    • Demonstrated ability to clearly articulate ideas through written and oral communication.



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