Librarian, Information and Technical Services, Gemological Institute of America Inc.

Job Overview Job Description: This position provides supplementary library cataloging skills to the Senior Librarian and assists in the detection, integration and expansion of digital resources. The successful candidate detects, integrates and expands digital resources; serves as library technical representative to Information Technology. Essential Duties And Responsibilities General • Functions as library cataloger, collaborating with Senior Librarian; classifies, provides input, and monitors the material records of the library holdings. • Enters material records into the library database based on Library of Congress and AACR2, RDA, Dublin Core, and current metadata practices and standards. • Participates in digitization projects. • Assures relevant patents are included in library OPAC; finds related patents, creates and maintains records. • Tracks evolving technology; collaborates with the integration of digital resources to library collection • Serves as technical library representative to IT. • Provides reference assistance. • Lead and monitor student workers and/or temporary personnel assigned to area. • Other duties as assigned. Cataloging • Performs original descriptive and copy cataloging, assigns LC classification numbers and subject headings; quality control (QC) is done by Senior Librarian. • Catalogs and processes in the rare book collection independent of the Senior Librarian. • Assists with cataloging of assets for other library departments and GIA locations when needed. • Helps shelve new items in circulating collection; shelves items in Sinkankas collection. • Develops, implements, manages, and administrates GIA Thesaurus. Technology • Follows evolving technology, including digital devices, Integrated Library Systems and digital resources to provide users with a wider range of services and easy access. • Participates with library staff to provide web content and works with content developers to assure library presence on the GIA website. • Serves as technical library representative to IT. • Supports library admin for CMS and GIA website. • Works with Web Transformation Team on the creation and maintenance of the GIA portal. • Administers GIA Thesaurus. Reference • Provides reference services and interprets gemological and jewelry information to a diverse population. • Responds to patrons’ needs through effective telephone, in-person and electronic mail communications. • Assists with collecting, measuring, analyzing, and responding to needs of library users. TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities) • Knowledge of geology, gemology and jewelry preferred. • Knowledge of standards of Library of Congress and AACR2, RDA, FRBR, Dublin Core, etc. • Knowledge of current U.S. copyright rules and regulations. • Knowledge of best practices in metadata, taxonomy, and file management. • Knowledge of Online Public Access Catalog systems and requirements. • Ability to understand issues of information and to access and visualize needs and solutions within a library catalog. • Ability to structure information into a variety of formats for a diverse user base. • Strong computer skills, including Work, Excel, PPT; experience with library databases; experience with Digital Asset Management (DAM) systems; skills with digital programs, such as Photoshop, InDesign, or other similar software. • Communicates effectively, gets along with coworkers and management, and interacts with others effectively and professionally, and under pressure. • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. • Ability to verbally communicate with a diverse population of patrons. Foreign language skills desirable. • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. • Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Education And Experience • Master of Library Science degree required. • Bachelor’s degree preferably with undergraduate training/experience in Library Science or Media Services. • Five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Graduate Gemologist diploma and/or willingness to obtain required. • Experience in performing the duties of a cataloger (including serials and rare book cataloging and handling of rare and/or fragile items), and technical services in libraries. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS / WORK ENVIRONMENT (if Applicable) • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. • The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, or crouch. • The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. • Works on computer at desk or standing at reference counter; shelving of books; speaking and listening to patrons and on telephone; reaches shelves at height of five feet and higher. • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. • Employee may be required, from time to time, to work overtime. • Reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities, upon request, to enable them to perform the essential functions of their job, as required by law.

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