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Job Opening, Serials Cataloging, Washington, DC M. Rups 06 Nov 2007 16:54 UTC

The Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL) has an opening for a Serials
Cataloging Coordinator at a minimum starting salary of $55,706 per year
(Federal grade GS-11). Headquartered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.,
SIL serves the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex,
with holdings of 1.5 million books, manuscripts, and other materials in 20
libraries throughout the Institution. This position is located in the
Cataloging Services Department, Original Cataloging Section.

DUTIES: In coordinating the management of all serials (including electronic
journals), incumbent catalogs serials in all formats (print, electronic, and
microform) and supervises check-in and claiming of periodicals; serves as
the primary serials cataloger, creating original cataloging records and
adapting complex copy cataloging records on OCLC and in SIRIS (Smithsonian
Institution Research Information System), and coordinates all serials
cataloging, serials maintenance, and serials metadata management in SIL.
Creates MARC authority records under national and local guidelines; provides
leadership in the development of policies and procedures for serials
cataloging and processing; provides training and documentation for local
policies and procedures for serials processing. Supervises two library
technicians. Provides leadership in determining and engaging vendor services
and solutions to improve patron access to electronic journals, and ensures
quality control of vendor supplied serial records and services. Provides
training and quality control for work performed by contract staff for
special projects. Incumbent works closely with SIL acquisitions staff,
electronic resources selection and management staff, and reader services
staff to provide an integrated and efficient workflow through all stages of
serials management. Some monographic cataloging may also be assigned.
Participates in library committees, task forces, and special projects.
Maintains current awareness of national and international trends and
developments affecting the cataloging of continuing resources. Attends
professional meetings and workshops.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE for GS-11: Must have one year of specialized
experience (Federal or other) that is equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade
level in the Federal government performing the following duties: original
cataloging and complex copy cataloging of serials in English and foreign
languages in an academic or specialized research library using an automated

SELECTIVE FACTORS: (Applicants must meet all of these mandatory requirements
in order to be considered qualified to compete for a position.) Ability to
read at least one language other than English with good proficiency
sufficient for cataloging and maintenance of serials and monographs.

QUALITY RANKING FACTORS: (Among those who meet the qualification
requirements, these factors will be used to determine who are the highest
qualified candidates.) Ability to manage serials processing. Knowledge of
automated check-in systems for periodicals. Knowledge of MARC cataloging on
OCLC and in an Integrated Library System (ILS) according to current national
cataloging standards, principles, and practices (AACR2, MARC, LCSH, Library
of Congress Classification System, CONSER). Knowledge of reading at least
one language other than English with good proficiency and a working
knowledge of other foreign languages (including languages written in
non-roman scripts) sufficient for cataloging and maintenance of serials and
monographs in a wide variety of languages. Knowledge of current trends and
developments in the management of electronic journals: aggregators, OpenURL
article linking, vendor services, or other initiatives that provide and
enhance access to electronic journals and other electronic resources.
Knowledge of non-MARC metadata and communications standards for digital
resources, such as Dublin Core, TEI, METS, MODS, OAI, or XML.

The full vacancy announcement #08-AD-293454-JNT-SIL with instructions for
applicants can be found at as well as the USAJOBS
website at (applicant must be U.S. citizen).
Information on careers at the Smithsonian Institution is available at the
Smithsonian Institution Office of Human Resources website at For further information, please call (202) 633-6370
(voice) or (202) 633-6409 (TTY); or email to All
applications must be received by Nov. 30, 2007. The Smithsonian Institution
is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Mario Rups
Cataloging Services

Smithsonian Institution Libraries
PO Box 37012
Natural History Building, Room 30- MRC 0154
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Unit number: 202-633-1668