Russian Cataloger

Stanford University
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Created: August 4, 2015


Russian Cataloger - 67759


The Hoover Institution is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Russian Cataloger. The position is a full-time non-career track position for a one-year fixed term. Please supply a resume including education and relevant experience and a cover letter with a complete statement of qualifications and the names and addresses of three references with knowledge of the applicant's suitability and qualifications for this position.


Under the direction of the Librarian, the Russian Cataloger will serve to reduce the existing Hoover backlog of Russian materials, identify and catalog hidden collections and to enable their discovery through the Stanford online catalog. Assist library patrons (faculty, students, researchers and other library users) with identifying and locating sources of information. Research and answer inquiries.

  • The Russian Cataloger will be responsible for the original and copy cataloging of monographs and serials primarily in Russian, but including other Western languages such as German and French. Original cataloging is performed according to RDA and Anglo-American Cataloging Rules as applied through BIBCO and the Library of Congress. Subject analysis and classification are also done using the Library of Congress system. The Hoover Library follows and consults as practicable with staff from the Stanford University Libraries Metadata Department to comply with Stanford University Libraries wide policy and practice.
  • Some maintenance may be performed (e.g. added volumes and added copies, deletions, withdrawals). Errors discovered and reported are corrected by the cataloger and other staff as appropriate. Occasionally, re-cataloging and reclassification are necessary.
  • The cataloger may be asked to serve on the service desk in the reading room. The cataloger may answer reference queries, written and oral, as needed.
  • Special projects may be assigned.


Education & Experience:

Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline such as background in Russian history or politics of the 20th century, preferably a graduate degree in a subject field germane to the Russian collection with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries or a combination of education and relevant experience such as working in cataloging and experience with antiquarian books.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Expert knowledge of Russian required and working knowledge of another European language is desirable.
  • Evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills in English and Russian.
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of current cataloging procedures and principles as defined in RDA, AACR2, the MARC Bibliographic, Holdings, and Authorities formats, LC subject headings and classification.
  • Ability to learn rapidly and implement new cataloging procedures and principles adopted by the Department and the Stanford University Libraries required. Knowledge of rare materials cataloging standards such as DCRM would be a plus.
  • Ability to learn, analyze, and utilize existing and emerging metadata and cataloging standards, and Sirsi's Symphony system and its web version, used in Searchworks, the online catalog of the Stanford University Libraries.
  • High level of proficiency using PC-based applications (Windows, word processing spreadsheets) and other computer applications (email, Internet, Integrated Library Systems) required; high level computer competency kept up to date through continuous learning required.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects on time required.
  • Demonstrated consistent accuracy and attention to detail while maintaining a very high level of productivity.
  • Effective problem solving, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a wide variety of people.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member in a rapidly changing environment on a variety of simultaneous workflows.
  • Constantly sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasps lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, writing by hand, kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other).
  • Rarely use a telephone, operate hand controls.
  • Must be able to push and maneuver a fully-loaded cart weighing up to 650 pounds that requires an initial push force up to 50 pounds.
    * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • May work in confined spaces and at heights 4-10 feet; be exposed to dust and mold; work extended hours, evenings and weekends.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of domestic and international affairs, founded at Stanford University in 1919 by Herbert Hoover, the thirty-first president of the United States. The Institution's Library and Archives, with more than 700,000 volumes and 6,000 collections, constitute one of the world's largest repositories of materials on twentieth- and twenty-first century social, economic, and political change. In particular, the Hoover Library holds a large number of rare books, serials and government publications that document the Russian Revolution, communism and Soviet history and politics.

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job: Library
Location: Hoover Institution
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Schedule: Full-time
Classification Level: G


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