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Cataloging and Digital Resources Librarian

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Work type: Full-Time
Location: Hybrid/Flexible Work Arrangement, Other - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Academy of Natural Sciences

About the Academy

The Academy of Natural Sciences was founded in 1812 for "the encouragement and cultivation of the sciences".  Since then, it has sponsored global expeditions, conducted pioneering environmental and systematics research, and amassed remarkable collections containing more than 18 million specimens from around the world and a peerless library and archive. Since 2011 its academic enterprise has been further strengthened through its affiliation with nearby Drexel University – a leading private non-profit research institution that focusses on innovation and entrepreneurship and provides a unique cooperative education program for its undergraduate and graduate degree students. 

Today the Academy is one of the most important natural science institutions in the world. However, the world is changing fast and the Academy – directed by its Strategic Plan 2019-24 - is changing with it.  Over the next five years the Academy will become a “force for nature” and advance its mission: “to understand the natural world and inspire everyone to care for it”. In so doing the Academy will build on its fundamental belief that diversity and inclusion generates better ideas, inspires creativity, and is essential to building a positive workplace so that in time it can become an institution that is of, by and for all Philadelphians.

Job Summary

The Cataloging and Digital Resources Librarian performs the cataloging of the Academy’s library collections and ensure its quality and consistency, manages the Academy’s stacks, assists with creating and implementing metadata standards and procedures, and overall helps enhance the digital resources provided by one of the finest natural history libraries in the Americas. The Librarian manages the Academy’s stacks and, working with Operations and other Library & Archives staff, provides for their security.

Essential Functions

  • Performs original and complex copy cataloging for print (including monographs and serials) as well as non-print and electronic resources, ensuring compliance with appropriate cataloging and metadata standards as adopted by Drexel University Libraries
  • Manages the Academy’s stacks and, working with Operations and other Library & Archives staff, provides for their security
  • Contributes to metadata enhancement and database development and maintenance activities, in order to ensure optimal resource discoverability and record consistency across library systems, including the Drexel Libraries catalog, Academy repositories and databases, online finding aids, and additional discovery tools
  • Assists in developing and coordinating cataloging and metadata processes and procedures for all collections under the purview of the Academy’s Library & Archives, including special collections (rare books), archival collections, and digital collections
  • Stays current on trends and issues in the areas of cataloging, metadata, and digital library resources
  • Maintains statistics of all cataloging-related activity
  • Assists with developing and implementing digitization projects and provides support to related fundraising and grant application efforts
  • Responsible for deaccessioning/withdrawing items from the library’s holdings, in accordance with ALA-sanctioned procedures and Academy Library & Archives collecting policies and priorities
  • Serves as primary point of contact for individuals/organizations interested in donating materials to the library and assists with assessing potential donations

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in MLIS or Equivalent
  • 1-2 years of experience

Physical Demands

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table
  • Lifting demands ≤ 25lbs

Location

Hybrid/Flexible Work Arrangement

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of K. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure, https://drexel.edu/hr/career/ducomp/salstructure/

Please review the Benefits Brochure for some information on our benefits offerings.

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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