Faculty Research Assistant

Faculty Research Assistant

Oregon State University

Department: Library (DLB)

Appointment Type: Academic Faculty

Job Location: Corvallis

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: $62,400-$67,200

Job Summary:
OSU Libraries and Press is seeking a Faculty Research Assistant. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, fixed-term position.

The Faculty Research Assistant (FRA) performs cataloging of monograph and Special Collections resources for all RDA media types collected by the library. This includes resources in English as well as other languages. The position assigns Library of Congress call numbers, uses Library of Congress subject headings, and performs name authority work. This position performs copy, complex, and original cataloging using advanced knowledge of library and information procedures, services, and resources. The FRA will contribute to the cataloging of other materials and do project work as needed. The position classifies and provides subject analysis. The FRA assists the Lead Cataloger with training other catalogers and serves as a project lead. The position may supervise student employees and is responsible for hiring, training, and leading their daily work. The FRA contributes to departmental research and assessment activities. The position collaborates with colleagues across library departments and in professional organizations and societies and engages in service activities.

Why OSU?
Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don't wait for challenges to present themselves - we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


Top 1.4% university in the world
More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
217k+ alumni worldwide
For more interesting facts about OSU visit: https://oregonstate.edu/about


Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State's beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America's best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
Retirement savings paid by the university.
A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.

Key Responsibilities
Primary Assignment (85%)Oregon State University Libraries and Press (OSULP) faculty work strategically to support research and creativity, enhance learning, and build community for the students, faculty, and staff of Oregon State and for the citizens of Oregon. Their work has a demonstrable impact on the three main pillars of OSU's mission: teaching and learning, research and inquiry, and outreach and engagement. OSULP faculty apply specialized expertise from library and information science, archival studies, and related fields to ensure that the Oregon State community has rich, organized, affordable, accessible, and inclusive information resources to help the OSU community learn new things, solve difficult problems, investigate important questions, and create knowledge. They also work to create or support the administrative and physical infrastructure that enables delivery of high-quality services. OSULP faculty support the educational mission of the university, both directly and indirectly, by building the dynamic, engaging collections, services, and spaces that foster independent inquiry and learning. They develop and nurture relationships with colleagues, inside the library and out, to support and enrich their work and they participate in the shared governance of OSULP and OSU. They strive to understand the diverse communities they serve, and work to make OSULP an inclusive, just organization. To support all of this, OSULP faculty engage in regular, critical reflection on practice to understand the impact of their work and to dismantle harmful assumptions. Performance in the primary assignment is evaluated annually in a structured, reflective conversation between the faculty member and their direct supervisor.

The specific duties and expectations for the FRA include:
  • Performs copy cataloging and original cataloging of monographs and Special Collections resources including the assignment of Library of Congress call numbers and Library of Congress subject headings, as well as name authority work. Using OCLC systems, searches and interprets name, subject, and series authority records. Upgrades and corrects OCLC bibliographic records to cataloging standards.
  • Improves discovery of content related to or written by underrepresented communities and advances equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism while contributing to the development of cataloging policies and standards.
  • Supports student success and research productivity by increasing the discoverability of high-quality information resources for OSU researchers.
  • Serves as a project manager.
  • In accordance with local and national policies, standards, and guidelines, performs original and complex cataloging and classification of resources in a variety of formats, including physical and digital, and in a variety of languages. Performs cataloging using policies, guidelines, and standards that may include: RDA, AACR2, DCRM, MARC, LCSH, LCC, OCLC, NACO, BIBCO, CONSER, and other cataloging standards.
  • Assists the Lead Cataloger to coordinate and/or deliver training sessions to the catalogers and other library staff.
  • Participates in the development and maintenance of the catalog, including record maintenance and the resolution of inconsistencies.
  • Provides authority control for access points in catalog records, including names, titles, and subjects. Creates original name authority records on OCLC; submits new subject headings to NACO coordinator.
  • Assists with cataloging on rush and reserve materials, DVDs, CDs, theses, dissertations, and foreign language materials.
  • Batch loads bibliographic records into the local catalog system on an as needed basis.
  • Supervises student employees within the Cataloging & Government Documents Unit, including hiring, training, developing projects, and conducting daily work of student employees.
  • Develops, maintains and documents cataloging procedures by writing new procedures and updating current procedures.
  • Keeps current with changes that develop in the OCLC and Alma systems, local and national cataloging rules, and PCC policies and rules.
  • Assists with other cataloging projects as assigned.

Professional development and service (15%) OSULP faculty serve as engaged participants in the shared work of the Libraries and Press and in the shared governance of Oregon State University. As faculty members at a land grant university, they engage in service to shape and strengthen the library and archival professions in Oregon and beyond, and to benefit the citizens of Oregon. Service commitments are usually closely aligned with daily practice in the primary assignment and should allow the faculty member to: 1) share the expertise developed through their practice with colleagues in the library, on campus, and throughout their professional communities; and 2) engage in conversations and contribute to projects that will inform and enrich their practice. OSULP faculty may, from time to time, undertake service that does not directly align with their primary assignment but that does tap an area of interest or expertise or willingness that they possess. These commitments, however, should not dominate their service portfolio. OSULP faculty should be able to demonstrate the impact of their work on both personal and institutional levels.

The specific duties and expectations for the FRA include:
  • Participates in library governance and activities, including (but not limited to) membership in the Library Faculty Association.
  • Participates in unit, departmental, and library wide meetings, contributing to discussions and decision-making, and working on special projects, task forces, and committees.
  • May serve on Orbis Cascade Alliance Teams and Work Groups in areas concerning cataloging and technical services.
  • May Contribute to scholarly and professional conversations relevant to the primary assignment through: participation in professional associations, contributions to departmental research and assessment work; formal and informal publications or presentations, or work on committees or working groups creating standards, policies or best practices.

What You Will Need
  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field.
  • Minimum of 3 years library experience.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of original cataloging, including bibliographic and authority data, MARC21, RDA, AACR2, LCC, and LCSH.
  • Experience with monograph or special collections cataloging.
  • Experience cataloging a variety of formats.
  • Ability to work in a flexible and changing environment, including adapting to changes in priorities, responsibilities, and duties.
  • A strong customer service orientation.
  • The person in this position must be sensitive to the needs of an inclusive and diverse community at Oregon State University and fulfill the relevant duties in support of the University's core values in promoting a welcoming, respectful, and accessible environment in engaging with members of both the University and the OSU Libraries and Press communities. The position will promote an inclusive environment and interact equitably with all library staff and users. All library resources must be treated equally, regardless of subject, in the spirit of academic freedom.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly articulate ideas through written and oral communication.

What We Would Like You to Have
  • ALA accredited MLIS/MLS or equivalent
  • Knowledge of ExLibris Alma and OCLC.
  • Experience creating original authority records.
  • Familiarity with standards and schemas such as BIBFRAME, RDF, and linked data.
  • Reading ability in a language other than English.
  • Professional experience in academic or research libraries.
  • Familiarity with cataloging programs such as BIBCO, CONSER, NACO, or SACO.
  • Training or teaching experience.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule
This is an onsite position. This position is in a library environment with exposure to fluorescent lighting. You may work with damaged materials that may include, but not limited to, dust, dirt, and on occasion, mold, and pests. Personal protection equipment such as gloves and masks will be available when needed. The work may be physically demanding with constant standing, reaching, lifting, carrying, and pushing/pulling book carts. Much of the work schedule involves working at a computer workstation. The work schedule is primarily daytime hours during the business week.

Special Instructions to Applicants
When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:
1) A resume/CV; and
2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.
You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.
Starting salary within the salary range will be commensurate with skills, education, and experience.

For additional information please contact: Vance Woods, vance.woods@oregonstate.edu, 254-424-3456
OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
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To apply, please visit: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/151284

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