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Job Title: Team Leader, Acquisitions & Metadata Services

Job Description:


The Acquisitions & Metadata Services Team Leader is responsible for the overall management of acquisition of materials in all languages and formats (regardless of periodicity), the creation and maintenance of descriptive metadata, and the initial physical processing of materials. This position partners with other areas within the academic engagement divisions to evaluate current procedures, as well as teams in other library divisions. Within the position’s area of responsibility, the team leader makes recommendations for developing, implementing, and documenting policies, procedures, and workflows. The team leader will work with the associate director for academic engagement to play a leadership role in library-wide policy making and in the development and evaluation of services.

The key areas of responsibility are acquisition services, cataloging and metadata services, and general administration. Acquisition services, including responsibility for acquisition and receipt of library materials in all formats (e.g., print, digital, media, microform), regardless of periodicity (Le., including monographs, serials, electronic resources, continuations, etc.) or source (e.g., government documents). Cataloging and meta data services, including responsibility for: (a) coordinating original and copy cataloging for acquired, retrospective, and special materials; (b) ensuring compliance with national and local standards (e.g., MARC, AACR2, NACO, LCSH, and LC cataloging and classification); (c) assessing the impact of metadata decisions on information discovery and organization; (d) ensuring effective maintenance of all library bibliographic and metadata databases, including authority control and holdings information; (e) managing the quality of cataloging that is entered into the library catalog. General administration including leadership, direction setting, and operations management human, financial and technology resource management; developing plans, policies, procedures, and workflows; allocate staff and other resources; and, assess the quality of team operations and service delivery.



  1. Provide creative and innovative team leadership.
  2. Compile reports and maintain relevant statistics related to operations under this team.
  3. Plan and manage system wide initiates through participation on library, consortium and University task forces, team and committees.
  4. Cultivate a work environment that promotes collaboration, accountability, high performance, staff engagement and diversity; sets standards of excellence that inspire and motivate.
  5. Perform other duties as assigned or required.
  6. Oversee processes and procedures to ensure timely ordering of materials in all formats (regardless of periodicity) including ordering, receipt, invoicing, claiming, binding, and ensuring that all expenses are correctly posted and audited.
  7. Select and manage library publishers, subscription agents and vendors nationally and internationally, and regularly evaluate their performance.
  8. Work with research services librarians to ensure effective ordering, receipt and processing of all materials, including processing of shelf-ready materials.
  9. Oversee and/or provide metadata functions for all materials acquired by the library (in all languages and in all formats) in accordance with acceptance national standards.
  10. Coordinate the application of metadata schemas for digitized and new-digital content managed by the library and develop strategies for metadata interoperability.
  11. Assist research services librarians and digital library staff in the planning for and implementation of metadata for digital resources.



Perform other duties as assigned.



Department: Work closely with Associate Director on policy issues. Supervise Team members to ensure excellent service. Collaborate with staff on all levels of the organization to support the provision of library services. Work with the Associate Provost and University librarian, associate directors, team leaders, and staff in all other units in the library as required.

University: Consult with faculty, including assigned liaison faculty, faculty committees and other department administrators to determine acquisition, cataloging, metadata, teaching and research informational requirements to make appropriate information management decisions. Work with faculty to develop, review, and improve information management policies and procedures. Consult with other campus librarians to coordinate information management decisions for the provision of library services. Consult with staff throughout the university to develop and implement programs for the delivery of services to students and faculty.

External: Work regularly with vendors and publishers (e.g., for approval plans, payments, licensing). Participate in local, regional and national organizations to maintain a network of information professionals which enhances our services and to stay abreast of trends and changes in the profession. Collaborate with colleagues in OhioLINK and other academic libraries on library issues and services. Engage in daily communication with departmental student assistants in overseeing work processes

Students: Engage in daily communication with student assistants in the team to provide assistance and information resources to support theft education and research needs.



Supervise exempt staff and non-exempt staff student employees, and temporary full or part-time workers.



Experience: Team leaders must also have sufficient experience and expertise in the work of the Team to serve as a supervisor, advisor and mentor to others. Team Leader positions assume that the incumbent is at or eligible to be considered for placement at least at the Librarian 2 level.

Education: Team Leader positions assume that the incumbent is at or eligible to be considered for placement at least at the Librarian 2 level.



  1. Considerable knowledge of current issues and technology trends in academic libraries relevant to the position’s role.
  2. Demonstrated ability to secure resources needed and to serve as a strong advocate to accomplish the mission of the library.
  3. Demonstrated success in human resources management, including the ability to engage staff in improvement and change.
  4. Proficient in project management to initiate, facilitate, conclude, and evaluate projects with efficiency and effectiveness.
  5. Possesses the ability to provide leadership within the larger organization to ensure that the needs of the team are well understood and valued.
  6. Effective at operations and project planning and execution.
  7. Able to gathers statistics and perform analysis for in-house and external reporting using various methods and databases.
  8. Able to serve as an effective advocate and partner with external organizations and groups, such as KSL affiliate libraries of the UCI, OhioLINK, etc.
  9. Knowledge of the structure, organization, creation, management, dissemination, use, and curation of scholarship and information resources in all formats.
  10. The ability to evaluate critically and to assess existing and new information services and systems.
  11. Knowledge of relevant information technologies, and the ability to apply those technologies to improve the quality of library services.
  12. An understanding of, and the ability to respond effectively to, changes in teaching, learning, and research.
  13. A knowledge as to how scholarly information is created and disseminated, changes to scholarly information systems, an ability to support and enhance scholarly communication, and a background as to the implications of information policy (including laws regarding copyright and intellectual property).
  14. Possess the basic skills to analyze complex problems, apply appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods, create appropriate solutions, prioritize and organize work, and ensure the wise use of limited resources.
  15. An ability to convey to clients the application of library services so they can improve their teaching, research, and learning.
  16. Comprehension of the concepts, principles, and techniques of information discovery and the provision of access to relevant and accurate recorded knowledge and information.
  17. The ability to work collaboratively with others, including the ability to be persuasive and to manage conflicts of thought, and the ability to recognize the value of diverse perspectives.
  18. The ability to provide consultation, mediation, or guidance in their use of recorded knowledge and information.
  19. An understanding of current and emerging trends in research, learning theories, instructional methods, and service assessment and outcomes-measures.
  20. Possess a general understanding of basic organizational principles, including strategic and tactical planning, budgeting, and human resource management.



General office/library environment. Evening and weekend work required.



In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



JOB ID 4005. The application information is available at https://employment.case.edu/psp/erecruit/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL


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What and Where is Siegal?

The notation "Siegal" in the online catalog refers to the Aaron Garber Library of the Siegal College of Judaic Studies at 26500 Shaker Blvd. Cleveland OH 44122. The Aaron Garber Library is the academic library of the College and the central library of the Cleveland Jewish community. It includes 30,000 volumes, plus periodicals, language tapes, music and text CDs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The Library's electronic catalog is part of the online library system managed by Case Western Reserve University, and is included in OhioLINK, the statewide electronic academic catalog system. Online borrowing privileges are reserved for students registered at Siegal College. Community members are welcome to browse the catalog, visit the Garber Library and borrow materials.

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