University of Oregon — Music Cataloger and Metadata Technician

Music Cataloger and Metadata Technician

Job no: 529329
Work type: Classified Staff
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Library, Music/Dance, Other

Department: Library
Classification: Library Technician 3
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $17.67 – $26.64 per hour
FTE: 1
Review of Applications Begins
Position closes May 17, 2022.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Along with your online application, please upload a current resume, which includes dates of employment.
Department Summary
About the UO Libraries:
The University of Oregon Libraries is an essential partner in the University's educational, research, and public service mission. With five locations on the Eugene campus, and branches at UO Portland and at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the Libraries offers many flexible, service- and technology-rich environments for our users' research and learning needs. The UO Libraries is committed to supporting and enhancing the diversity of the university community, providing a culturally inclusive environment where diversity of thought and expression is valued and respected, and disrupting systemic inequalities. With a focus on equity in service, we strive to create a powerful learning community, a welcoming space where faculty, students, and patrons of all ages and cultural and ethnic backgrounds can access the information necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals. Our mission is to actively support the student learning experience, enable the creation and stewardship of knowledge, and contribute to advancements in teaching, research, scholarship, and public service. We value intellectual freedom, user-centered service, evidence-based approaches, transparency, innovation, teamwork, diversity, and integrity.

The University of Oregon Libraries is the only Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member in Oregon. The library is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, SPARC, Center for Research Libraries, DuraSpace, the Council on Library and Information Resources, Coalition for Networked Information, EDUCAUSE, and other major organizations.

About Collections and Discovery Services:
Collections and Discovery Services (CDS) is responsible for acquiring, describing, preserving, and disseminating all types of scholarly and creative outputs to advance the research, teaching, and learning work of the University of Oregon community. CDS offers a range of reference, consulting, and instructional services to the users and creators of these collections. CDS encompasses four major areas: Digital Scholarship Services; Electronic Resources and Acquisitions; Cataloging, Metadata, and Preservation Services; and Special Collections and University Archives. CDS endeavors to build strong partnerships, within the UO Libraries and with regional partners, to be a leader in advancing practice, and to contribute with increasing effectiveness to local, regional, and international resource collection and curation efforts.

About the University:
The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries.
The University of Oregon is guided by a diversity framework that involves a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. The UO's 295-acre campus features state-of-the-art facilities in an arboretum-like setting within the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people.

The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 167,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, symphony, opera, jazz, and theatrical venues; a pleasant year-round climate; and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.
Position Summary
The Music Cataloger and Metadata Technician is responsible for cataloging music resources in all formats (print, audio, digital) either by creating original bibliographic records, or by editing records found in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) database.

This includes comparing bibliographic information in music resources to cataloging copy found in the OCLC database, reviewing, checking, and correcting the descriptive information, subject headings, classification numbers, and tagging. This position also supplies additional access points when necessary, searching the appropriate authority files to determine correct form; performs authority work as needed for names, series and uniform titles; searches for copy in local as well as remote databases; and inputs changes.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every qualification in the job description including the preferred qualifications. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and acknowledge that the skills and competencies for this position can be developed through a variety of pathways. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our preferred qualifications.
Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree plus two years of current (within 5 years) experience in a Library;
  • OR, 4 years of current library experience;
  • AND, advanced proficiency in multiple library-specific computer applications, e.g., integrated library systems, database applications, institutional repository; content management systems.

    Some positions may also require in-depth knowledge of specialty area(s), e.g., original cataloging, complex copy cataloging, serials management, ILL management, government documents, image resources, music.
    Professional Competencies

  • Ability to read notated music.
  • Knowledge of music terminology, genres, repertoire, and publication formats.
  • Working knowledge of at least one major European language.
  • Accurate keyboarding skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to master complex procedures and understand bibliographic relationships.
    Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous copy cataloging and authority work experience are highly desirable.

    FLSA Exempt: No

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