Cataloger

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The cataloger is responsible for creating original cataloging for all newly acquired continuing resources in all formats. The Library is an active contributor to the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), contributing to the national efforts of CONSER, BIBCO, NACO, and SACO; therefore, all descriptive cataloging is performed in accordance with national standards.  The cataloger also performs the regular metadata maintenance associated with continuing resources, required not only to assure accurate, clear, and usable data, but to also promote access and discoverability. The cataloger should expect to work not only with current materials, but also materials that span the existing historical holdings of the Library’s collection.

 

The cataloger collaborates with other catalogers as well as Library staff outside of the Department in an effort to best inform local policies and procedures as they apply to continuing resources publications.  Assists in the ongoing guidance and instruction of all members of the Technical Services Department who regularly engage in the management and workflows of continuing resources.  Regularly collaborates on special projects with the section’s library assistants.  The cataloger also serves on library committees, participates in library-wide programs and activities, and is expected to be active professionally both locally and nationally. 

 

The role of the Continuing Resources section continues to evolve, requiring its members to be open-minded, flexible, and possess the willingness and ability to adapt to changing departmental, library, and technology needs.

 

The cataloger will be expected to possess the following skills:

  • strong analytical, communication, organizational, and training skills;
  • strong critical thinking and problem solving abilities required in the cataloging, the maintenance, and the ongoing issues associated with and specific to continuing resources;
  • ability to adapt to and interpret changes associated with evolving cataloging rules and standards
  • ability to interpret and understand the relationships between related works and entities, and to effectively use that knowledge to create quality bibliographic descriptions and authority records;
  • ability to assess the needs of special projects and assignments, and to establish practical plans and workflows to address these;
  • ability to write and implement procedures;
  • ability to work with a diverse staff of people with varying skill sets;
  • ability to prioritize work to ensure that library and department goals are realized;
  • ability to work independently as well as part of a team in a production-oriented, dynamic environment, with a commitment to professional development and growth.

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Qualifications:

Required:

·       graduate library degree from an ALA-accredited institution;

·       demonstrated experience working with continuing resources in all formats and with their associated bibliographic and authority data;

·       ability to meet local and national standards for quality;

·       demonstrated ability to perform complex problem solving and decision making, particularly that which is associated with and specific to continuing resources;

·       excellent reading knowledge of at least one non-English western European language;

·       demonstrated strong computer skills and the ability to adapt quickly to technological change;

·       ability to achieve and maintain a reasonable and consistent production level that meets departmental expectations;

·       ability to communicate effectively and constructively with staff at all levels;

·       ability to collaborate with colleagues, with supervisors, and with other library staff.

 

Preferred:

·       excellent reading knowledge of German;

·       previous cataloging experience in an academic/research library;

·       experience with and knowledge of holdings formats;

·       ability to transliterate the various Cyrillic scripts into their Romanized form;

·       experience contributing to the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (BIBCO, CONSER, NACO, SACO);

·       experience applying non-MARC metadata standards (e.g., Dublin Core, MODS, METS);

·       familiarity with emerging library linked data standards and applications (e.g., RDF, BIBFRAME).

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Appointment salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include retirement plan, insurance, and paid time off. There is a tuition benefit plan for college age and younger children.

Apply here at: https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=53408

 Please submit a cover letter, CV and reference contact information through the above site by June 9, 2014.
Review of application will begin upon receipt and continue until the position is filled.  

  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.

 The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer. 

 

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