Re: Job Opening: Cataloger Jennifer Bazeley 18 Sep 2008 17:07 UTC

The Field Museum is located in Chicago, Illinois.

On Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 9:14 AM, Jennifer Bazeley <>wrote:

> Library | Cataloger Department: Library
> 1 Full Time Term Position Position (35 hours/week; 1 year term from start
> date)
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>  Job Description
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> The Field Museum Library supports the exhibition, research, and education
> programs of The Field Museum, which was founded to house the biological and
> anthropological collections assembled for the World's Columbian Exposition
> of 1893. The Library is home to a rich, world-class collection of more than
> 250,000 volumes in the following subject areas: anthropology, archaeology,
> biological systematics, botany, environmental and evolutionary biology,
> geology, museology, and zoology. Although borrowing privileges are reserved
> for Museum staff and associates, the Library's collections are available for
> public use.  Since 2001, the Library has operated the Ex Libris ALEPH 500
> integrated library system. At the heart of the ALEPH system is Harlow, the
> Library's online catalog, which currently contains about 120,164 records.
> In addition to purchasing new materials and receiving donated and exchanged
> materials, the Library began a retrospective conversion of approximately
> 92,000 catalog records in 2006.   Converted records represented monographs,
> serials, and rare books acquired prior to 1978 and held in the General
> Collection, the Rare Book Room, and eight subject-based divisional
> libraries.   Clean up of the retrospective conversion records continues and
> is approximately one half completed.
> The Cataloger will be divide his/her time between cataloging and
> maintaining incoming library materials and continuing the cataloging and
> clean-up of Retrospective Conversion materials from the Library's general
> collections.
> Job Duties
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> Under the direction of the Technical Services Librarian, the Cataloger will
> perform the following duties:
>    - Cataloging Duties
>       - Perform copy and some original cataloging of monographs and
>       serials in WorldCat and in the Library's Ex Libris Aleph 500 system (using
>       national and local standards such as AACR2R/RDA, LCSH, MARC standards, and
>       LC classification schedules).  Performs copy and some original cataloging on
>       monographs and serials in most Western European languages
>       - Update and maintain authority records for all materials in the
>       Aleph system, using LC authority records via OCLC Connexion
>       - Update and maintain holdings records in MARC holdings format for
>       all materials in the Aleph system
>    - Retrospective Conversion Duties
>       - Implement documented procedures to monitor the quality of
>       converted bibliographic records to ensure compliance with local and national
>       standards and with vendor and other contractual requirements
>       - Search, verify, and edit cataloging copy in the Aleph system and
>       in WorldCat, making appropriate changes as specified by the shelf list card
>       in hand and according to local and national cataloging standards. Identify
>       and resolve bibliographic record conflicts. Provide appropriate MARC content
>       designation according to the requirements of the online system
>       - Identify and resolve problems associated with location, call
>       number, holdings, and other copy-specific information, in particular those
>       associated with the loading of records from vendors, bibliographic
>       utilities, and other providers of bibliographic information
>       - Create catalog records as necessary in Harlow and in WorldCat,
>       based upon the shelf list card in hand, according to local and national
>       cataloging standards and providing appropriate MARC content designation
>       - Add volume holdings and item records to catalog records for
>       monographic and serial titles according to specified guidelines
>       - Assist in testing, evaluating, and implementing systems and other
>       developments affecting the catalog
>       - Identify, pull, sort, and re-file shelf list and other catalog
>       cards
>    - General Duties
>       - Participate in staff development activities
>       - Keep informed of developments in the library field by reading
>       professional journals, attending workshops and conferences, and subscribing
>       to appropriate listserv
>       - Perform other related duties as required
> Qualifications
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>    - Master's Degree in Library Science required with one to two years
>    work experience in cataloging
>    - Experience in cataloging and maintaining serial records in an online
>    catalog and or experience with an integrated library system preferred
>    - Demonstrated understanding of the structure and function of
>    integrated library systems, national cataloging standards, and MARC format
>    - Experience with Windows systems in a networked environment
>    - Good analytical ability and problem-solving skills
>    - Working knowledge of Western European languages
>    - Ability to work independently with accuracy and attention to detail;
>    to follow verbal and written instructions and procedures; to organize and
>    prioritize work assignments; to exercise sound judgment and initiative; to
>    effectively complete tasks according to schedule; and to establish and
>    maintain effective and productive working relationships
>    - If contacted for an interview, applicants must provide a sample of
>    original cataloging (2-3 bibliographic records in MARC format, preferably in
>    print format)
>  *The Field Museum accepts applications on-line.  *
> *To apply for this position, please complete the on-line application.  *
> *No phone calls please.*
> *The Field Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.*
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> Jennifer Warwick Bazeley
> Associate Librarian, Technical Services
> Field Museum Library
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