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Internal Vacancy: Librarian – Acquisitions & Cataloguing

The United States International University  is the leading international university in East and Central Africa catering to over 5000 students representing over 54 nationalities and with a global network of over 9000 alumni. 
USIU is committed to providing a quality, international education through world-class service delivery platforms.

USIU is seeking to recruit two qualified candidates for the position of Librarian heading  Acquisitions and Cataloguing sections.

Librarian – Acquisitions


Job Purpose:  
The Librarian – Acquisitions is responsible for purchase functions, which includes identifying and acquiring print and electronic resources for the library’s collections.

Responsibilities:

  • Developing policies, procedures and practices to facilitate acquisitions;
  • Creating and maintaining accurate acquisition records;
  • Selecting, ordering and procuring information resources in various formats from local and foreign suppliers for the library;
  • Ensuring that orders for collection materials are properly received, claimed and valid invoices are forwarded for payment;
  • Coordinating the selection of information resources by faculty and Senior Librarians;
  • Reviewing publishers’ announcements and catalogs;
  • Comparing selections with catalog database and orders-in-process to avoid duplication;
  • Compiling statistics on purchases, such as total purchases, average price, and fund allocations for efficient and effective reporting;
  • Developing reports and acquisitions operational manuals;
  • Ensuring verification of received stocks and invoices;
  • Recommending vendors based on such factors as discounts and delivery terms;
  • Liaising with suppliers, government agencies and clearing agents to ensure that import/export regulations are observed;
  • Monitoring USIU acquisitions trends for enhancing the collection and recommending materials for weeding;
  • Training, supervising and appraising staff, interns and work study students;
  • Engage in professional development activities, such as attending and participating in conferences, workshops, professional meetings, and associations; and
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned.
Skills Required:
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Research, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Administrative/organizational skills
Minimum Qualifications
  • Graduate degree in Library and Information Studies
Minimum Years of Experience
  • 5 years of experience in a university library
Competencies
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to work well within a team and use initiative when required
Librarian – Cataloguing  

Job Purpose: 
The Librarian – Cataloguing is responsible for cataloguing, classification and indexing of library information materials in accordance with current international cataloguing standards, and in-house practices for efficient and effective retrieval of information.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead in the formulating and revising of cataloguing policies, procedures and systems;
  • Providing overall direction and assistance to staff in performing cataloguing activities and other section functions to ensure accurate and consistent records;
  • Provide accurate and thorough online description and access points for print and non-book materials in the library collection;
  • Creating original Machine Readable Cataloguing (MARC) records and update OCLC records to add to the library’s online catalog;
  • Classify using Library of Congress Classification system and construct call numbers for materials added to the library’s collection;
  • Preparing statistical and other reports and analyses;
  • Monitoring the cataloguing, classification and indexing of information resources to ensure that the integrity and functionality of the online public access catalogue database is maintained;
  • Monitoring and advising on new developments, preparing and maintaining cataloguing manuals;
  • Providing relevant training to staff, interns and work study to ensure consistency of practice;
  • Appraising of staff, work study students and interns;
  • Coordinating weeding and stock taking of library books;
  • Participate in budget process in assigned areas;
  • Engaging in professional development activities, such as attending and participating in conferences, workshops, professional meetings, and associations; and
  • Performing any other duties as may be assigned.
Skills Required:
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Research, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Administrative/organizational skills
Minimum Qualifications
  • Graduate degree in Library and Information Studies
Minimum Years of Experience
  • 5 years of experience in a university library
Competencies
  • Ability to work with high standards of accuracy for data entry
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to work well within a team and use initiative when required
If you have the requisite qualifications and experience and want to work as a team member in a modern and progressive institution where you can make a difference, please send your letter of application and attach all the necessary supporting documentation, salary expectations  and names of 3 referees, so as to reach the undersigned not later than  Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

Head of Human Resources,
United States International University
P.O Box 14634-00800, Nairobi, Kenya
Email: hr@usiu.ac.ke or jobs@usiu.ac.ke
Web: www.usiu.ac.ke

USIU is an equal opportunity employer



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