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Non-Roman Language Cataloging Specialist


Non-Roman Language Cataloging Specialist

Visiting Academic Professional

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Position Available:  Position is open immediately.  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks applications for a Non-Roman Language Cataloging Specialist. This is a one-year, visiting Academic Professional appointment. A particular emphasis will be placed on East Asian language skills, and fluency in Chinese. The incumbent will serve as a resource for all individuals in the Library acquiring or cataloging non-Roman language materials, including roughly 30,000 print items added to the collection annually, as well as increasing numbers of online materials.


Responsibilities:  This position plays a key role in providing improved access to the University of Illinois Library's valuable and unique collections by enhancing the Library's ability to effectively and efficiently process incoming non-Roman language materials in a timely manner.  The incumbent will report to the Head of Content Access & Management (CAM), and maintains a number of critical working relationships with units and groups that are engaged in various cataloging and acquisitions initiatives. Specific responsibilities will include:


Environment:  The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research collections in the nation and the world. With almost 11 million volumes and a total of 23 million items, it ranks highly among academic libraries in the United States and first among public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus, the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest collections and services possible and engaging in research and development activities-both of which support the University's mission of teaching, research, and public service. The University of Illinois Library is the third largest academic library in the United States and has a collection of more than ten million volumes. The Library employs approximately 100 library faculty and 300 library staff. For more information, see


The Library consists of more than forty departmental libraries that are located throughout campus and administratively organized into eight divisions.  The Non-Roman Language Cataloging Specialist will interpret appropriate cataloging and classification practices, maintain currency with local and national level policies and procedures, and serve as the East Asian cataloging liaison to the new International and Area Studies Library.


Qualifications:  RequiredA Bachelor's degree. Basic knowledge of library acquisitions.  Strong written and oral communication skills.  Professional or strong pre-professional experience cataloging materials in non-Roman languages. Fluency in Chinese. Ability to lift a 30 pound box to a height of 5 feet.  Preferred: ALA accredited master's degree in library or information science; professional experience with large scale technical services; fluency in additional non-Roman languages; experience assessing and evaluating library workflows; experience with creating documentation and prioritizing needs in an institutional environment; demonstrated ability to work with a diverse constituency of university personnel; demonstrated knowledge of cataloging standards;  experience working with commercial service providers.


Salary and Rank: Salary and rank commensurate with credentials and experience. This is a visiting, full-time academic professional appointment.


Terms of Appointment: Twelve month appointment; 24 work days vacation per year; 11 paid holidays; 12 annual sick leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 days (non-cumulative) per year if necessary; health insurance, requiring a small co-payment, is provided to employee (coverage for dependents may be purchased); participation in State Universities Retirement System is required, includes several private options, is compulsory (8% of staff member's salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination); newly hired university employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.


Campus and Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 2,000 faculty members who serve 26,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receive campus wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at .


The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 104,000 and is situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 miles northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community visit,, or

Apply: Send letter of application and complete resume with the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses (where available) of three references to: Cindy Kelly, Head, Human Resources, University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign, 1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801. Phone 217-333-8169.


Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be received by XXX, 2011.  Interviews may occur before the closing date, but no decision will be made prior to the close of the search.