Leader, Rare Books Cataloging Team

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Created: January 21, 2013


The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections seeks an experienced, multifaceted manager to join the Rare Books Cataloging Team. The Team's staff varies with project appointments. Currently it consists of 3 professional catalogers and 3 high-level support staff members. Its workload encompasses new cataloging for both the Department's collections and the rare book collections in the Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, retrospective conversion, end processing, and record maintenance and enhancement, along with numerous special projects. The Team Leader directly supervises the team's support staff, advises the professional staff, and coordinates work with curators. The Team Leader also regularly catalogs books, serials, and other types of materials, and creates NACO name authority records. The position is one of three unit leaders in Special Collections Technical Services, all working together to develop the Department's overall descriptive program and provide technical expertise for a variety of initiatives. In addition, the Team Leader contributes to Library-wide initiatives such as system implementation and digital library metadata development, in concert with staff from Cataloging and Metadata Services in the Library's Technical Services Department. The Team Leader collaborates with the department's rare books curators and their assistants and with public services staff, along with other managers of rare books collections. This position offers the opportunity to work with exceptional collections in a technically sophisticated environment. The Leader, Rare Books Cataloging Team reports to the Head, Technical Services for Special Collections.

Essential Qualifications:
  • ALA-accredited Master's degree in library science;
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional cataloging experience in an academic or research library, with emphasis on original cataloging of early-modern rare books in special collections applying current cataloging standards (including one or more of the DCRM manuals);
  • Experience in training and supervising cataloging staff and creating documentation;
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and lead cataloging projects;
  • Both conceptual and detailed knowledge of catalog data, with strong analytical skills and the ability to work with and present the data in various formats;
  • Ability to communicate with curators and public services staff about cataloging issues and to work with them in providing sound bibliographic services;
  • Good knowledge of Latin and/or a modern Western European language relevant to the rare book collections
  • Education Required: Master's Degree
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in description of visual materials and printed ephemera;
  • Participation in NACO;
  • Experience applying MODS and other non-MARC metadata schema;
  • Working knowledge of XML and related specifications;
  • Serials cataloging experience;
  • Bibliographic familiarity with other relevant languages


Published: Monday, January 21, 2013 19:10 UTC

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