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Library & Archives Paraprofessional 3
About the Position: This is a one-year project-employment position with potential for extension up to two-years.

Under general supervision by the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, this position will perform copy cataloging and processing of library resources in various formats/genres, with a focus on English-language monographs and government documents.  Under the guidance of other Collection Services managers, this position will also serve as back-up for various collection functions, such as circulation and stacks maintenance tasks.

This position is part of a Washington Federation of State Employees bargaining union.  New employees are required to meet the membership requirements of the current collective bargaining agreement within 30 calendar days of employment.

About the College/Department: The Scholarly Resources and Collection Services division of WWU Libraries supports the selection, management and access to library collections and resources.  The Cataloging and Metadata Services unit (CMS) creates, enhances, remediates, and maintains descriptive metadata for the Western Libraries' collections in order to ensure robust discoverability and timely availability of scholarly resources in various platforms. 
Position Responsibilities:
  • Monographic processing and copy cataloging
    • Perform simple and adaptive copy cataloging and classification for library resources in assigned formats/genres; that is, search appropriate databases for matching bibliographic descriptions, evaluate data for quality and accuracy, make minor edits as appropriate, and download into library system
    • Catalog and physically process (e.g. labeling, stamping) library resources that are acquired as gifts
  • Government documents processing and cataloging
    • In collaboration with the Government Documents Librarian, coordinate receiving, cataloging and deaccessioning of government documents, including managing Marcive subscription services
    • Perform retrospective cataloging of government documents and microform collections
    • Supervise government documents student employees
  • Additional cataloging/metadata functions
    • Under the guidance of trained cataloger colleagues, create and enhance NACO-compliant authority records for persons, organizations and other entities associated with library resources
    • Perform less complex maintenance of descriptive metadata (e.g. updating item and holdings-level data, correcting descriptive errors, etc.)
    • Participate in other cataloging and metadata projects as assigned
  • Backup collections services functions
    • Serve as backup staff for circulation services and/or stacks maintenance, under the guidance of the Circulation Services Manager
Required Qualifications:
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Three years of experience in the functional operations of a library or archives, including one year beyond the entry level in an area of specialization, or equivalent experience
  • Experience using complex library systems/utilities, such as Alma or OCLC
  • Ability to use logic and critical thinking skills to analyze and solve problems
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to provide professional level of customer service to users, vendors, and colleagues
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous experience with library cataloging/metadata tasks
  • Working knowledge of library metadata standards, such as RDA, AACR2, LCSH, Library of Congress Classification, and/or SuDoc Classification
  • Reading knowledge of one or more languages other than English
  • Supervisory experience
Academic Emphasis: N/A
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: New hires typically begin at $2654/month including an excellent benefits package
Bargaining Union: A
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please log in below and submit your application via WWU's Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE).  Note:  You will need to be using Internet Explorer to fully utilize our online application system.
A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.  You may cut and paste or upload your resume and cover letter as noted on the EASE application.

Please complete the education and work experience section of the EASE application and submit the names and contact information of three professional references.
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Job Posted: 9/25/2017
Closing Date: 10/9/2017
Recruitment #: 170322
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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