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Created: October 3, 2018


The Literature Section at the Library of Congress seeks a cataloger with strong cataloging and classification skills primarily for material in one or more of the following subject areas: Literature, Linguistics, Mass Media and related areas (e.g., Journalism, Motion Pictures, Theater) and/or Classics. This position requires the ability to communicate in one or more of the following languages; German, Spanish, Italian or French.

Creates original and copy cataloging records in all formats, including print and special formats; creates authority records, performs authority control and database maintenance, and works on special projects.

Using professional judgment, applies bibliographic metadata standards and principles to clearly describe materials in order to provide effective access to them. Works collaboratively with other catalogers and with other internal units and external organizations that provide or use the metadata.

Establishes and recommends subject headings for inclusion in the subject authority file and classification schedule. Performs research in the cataloger's reference collection, online databases, scholarly research tools, the Internet, and the collections of the Library.

Recommends resolutions to problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process. Works with cataloging policy staff to recommend changes and additions in descriptive, classification, and subject cataloging rules.

Uses library technology and encoding/structural standards to perform work related to metadata creation. This may include: bibliographic utilities and knowledge bases (e.g., OCLC); linked data principles (e.g., RDF); and emerging library applications (e.g., BIBFRAME).

Provides consultation or performs liaison duties to help solve technical problems, interact collaboratively on projects, and exchange information with persons inside and outside of an organization, including supervisors, experts, colleagues, and/or trainees.

Collaborates with the Section Head and other staff in planning and implementing team activities including: workflow procedures, team priorities, cataloging projects of an experimental nature, goal setting, and strategies for meeting team production goals. Assists others inside and outside the Library with language, subject, and cataloging problems.

Actively participates in discussions relating to discovery, access, retrieval, and management of objects in ILS, discovery, and digital repository systems. Advises on the application of appropriate current and emerging cataloging/metadata schema to facilitate access to digital resources and physical collections. 


Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 19:11 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 19:11 UTC