The Cataloging Librarian, under direction, coordinates the catalog department in the cataloging, classifying, accessioning, linking, and labeling of library materials so that they are accessible to library patrons. This position creates and maintains metadata for library materials in all formats and leads the development of metadata policies including descriptive, administrative, and technical metadata schemas for digital collections appropriate for the library’s current and future content management systems.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Catalogs and classifies monographic materials of classes using cataloging rules and schedules. Supervises physical processing of monographic materials in all formats.
- Catalogs and classifies non-State-adopted materials, print or non-print, for the Library, using classification schedules. Catalogs and classifies State-adopted materials and supervises the processing of those materials.
- Catalogs theses, honors theses, dissertations, student papers, oral history interviews, manuscripts, and maps.
- Completes original cataloging, prepares workforms for input onto the online system with proper fixed fields, tags, indicators, delimiters and exporting records to the Library’s integrated system.
- Makes necessary changes in order to conform to library practices. Reviews new subject headings accepted by the Library.
Establishes and maintains policies and procedures for the operation of the Catalog Department. Aids in problem solving with regard to the cataloging and authority subsystems of the Library system. Solves problems in records and in the Library System.
- Directs operators regarding choice of records, modifications, call numbers, subject headings, cataloging rules, and local practices.
- Coordinates, supervises, and participates in the maintenance of the database created by the cataloging module of the library system.
- Attends meetings, participates in special projects, and serves on committees relating to the library, the University, and consortia.
This document represents the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions. Other duties may be assigned.
- Supervises, trains and evaluates student and library staff.
- Responsible for oversight of all aspects of record quality and catalog integrity.
- Creates original bibliographic and non-MARC metadata records following RDA, AACR2, Library of Congress Classification Schedules and subject headings and other non-MARC metadata related formats (e.g., Dublin Core). Collaborates with other areas of the Library to provide cataloging and metadata technical support.
- Leads the development of metadata policies including descriptive, administrative, and technical metadata schemas for digital collections appropriate for the library’s current and future systems and other content management systems.
- Works closely with other library departments in developing weeding project plans, generating the reports and batch data processing that are necessary for collection weeding projects.
- Compiles and analyzes annual cataloging statistics for reporting to internal and external agencies.
- Maintains knowledge of, and engages in, continuous professional development to keep up with current and developing standards and practices for metadata and cataloging.
- Serves as primary liaison to OCLC.
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