Rare Book Cataloger
JOB TITLE: Rare Book Cataloger
DEPARTMENT: Library Technical Services
REPORTS TO: Head of Cataloging and Metadata
JOB SUMMARY: The New-York Historical Society is seeking two productive and experienced catalogers for a grant-funded project to create catalog records for items in English and other languages dating from 1601 to 1800 in the Library’s Rare Book Collection.
Positions are funded for eighteen months each.
EDUCATION: M.L.S. from an A.L.A.-accredited library school or equivalent.
- Minimum of two years of library cataloging experience
- Knowledge of AACR2r, Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books), LCSH, and MARC21 formats
- Experience searching OCLC and ESTC, and familiarity with local automated systems
- Familiarity with handling rare and fragile materials
- Knowledge of American and/or New York history
- Good attention to detail, excellent oral and written communication skills, flexibility, and the ability to work with people as well as independently
- Rare book cataloging experience preferred
- Knowledge of descriptive bibliography preferred
- Reading knowledge of one or more modern European languages (other than English) preferred
- Familiarity with RDA preferred
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
- The cataloger will systematically review items in the rare book collection to determine whether or not they have already been cataloged. Based on information gathered during this process, he/she will copy-catalog, build original catalog records, or update existing catalog records for the collections at appropriate levels of description. Specific duties are as follows:
- Searching the Library’s online catalog and OCLC and identifying relevant MARC21 records
- Creating MARC21 records in the Aleph cataloging system according to the rules for Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books), AACR2r, RDA, and LCSH
- Correcting and enhancing existing MARC21 records and resolving complex cataloging problems
- Performing authority research and subject analysis, creating copy-specific notes, and assigning local access points as needed
- Creating holdings records in Aleph, verifying call numbers in online and card shelflists, and modifying them if needed
- Adding the Library’s holdings to existing records in the English Short-Title Catalogue (ESTC), updating and correcting previously added ESTC holdings, and reporting items not found in ESTC to ESTC staff
- Referring items needing conservation treatment to the Library’s conservation department, and working with public service staff to ensure consistent access to the collection
- Other duties as assigned
PROMOTION OF THE PROJECT
- Writing occasional blog posts on the collections or aspects of the project that are of interest
- If space and resources permit, participating in the mounting of small exhibition
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee with or without accommodation, to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
This is largely a sedentary role using a computer; however, some shelving is required. This would require the ability to remove books from shelves, push fully-loaded book carts, re-shelve books, and bend or stoop as necessary.
For consideration please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please reference the job title in the subject line.
Internal Candidates should contact a member of the Human Resource department directly.
The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer