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department that handles all cataloging, or for the head of a specialized cataloging unit (e.g., copy cataloging or
foreign languages). List the head of library automation and computer systems, applications, programming, etc.
as HDCOMP unless that person is also an Associate or Assis tant Director, in which case use the appropriate
administrative code. If there is an intermediate level of management between an Associate or Assistant Director
and the professionals who actually carry out the analysis, programming, etc., use HDCOMP to define that
intermediate level. Professionals who carry out analysis, programming, etc., should be listed as functional
Head, Acquisitions Department. Use HDACQ for all of the following positions: (a) head of a department
that is responsible for the selection of material (or management of selection activities carried out on a basis
encompassing more than a single organizational unit), but not responsible for the placement of orders, payment
of invoices, etc.; (b) head of a department responsible for the placement of orders, maintaining on-order files,
payment of invoices, etc., but not responsible for selection decisions; (c) head of a department responsible for
both the selection decisions (or coordination of selection activities) and for acquiring the material. Libraries that
split these two functions between two departments should report more than one professional with the position
[Special note concerning Assistant Department Heads. Assistant Department Heads who are responsible for major
units and spend the bulk of their time in supervision and revision of the work of others should also be listed as
“Head, Other Department/Service/Agency.” See additional subcodes below for Head, Cataloging, and Head,
Other Department. However, Assistant Head positions responsible for small units or for supervision only in the
absence of the head should be reported as non-supervisory or specialist positions as appropriate.]
Administrative. Please note that ADMIN is not only for Administrative Services and related positions, but also
can be applied to Public Relations/Communications, Development/Fundraising, and all other administrative
and/or professional positions which do not have a logical home elsewhere.
5. Please indicate “Sex” with the letter M or F, indicating male or female, respectively.
6. “OEOCat” minority status code, for US university libraries only, should be indicated with one of the
following code numbers. (Leave blank if a Canadian library):
1 = Black
2 = Hispanic
3 = Asian or Pacific Islander
4 = American Indian or Native Alaskan
5 = Caucasian/Other
7. “YrsExp,” or total years of professional experience. For most professional staff members this will mean
counting the years since the MLS degree was awarded. When counting, do not subtract interim periods when
an individual was not engaged in professional library employment if these periods are short in relation to the
overall professional career. Count an academic year contract period as a full year. Be sure to include professional
experience in previous positions and in other institutions. The figure should be rounded off to the nearest whole
number; for example, a position with 14.5 years of experience would appear as 15.
8. Indicate “Rank” using the following system of codes:
0 The library director. Some systems also use 0 for assistant and/or associate directors.