Re: Job Opening: Cataloger Susan Davis 18 Sep 2008 18:09 UTC

I would hope that most librarians would be able to figure that out. :-)

BTW, those of you who attended the last ALA in Chicago may remember the
ALCTS President's Program which featured Michael Hawley. As part of that
event, an anonymous donor purchased Hawley's book "Bhutan" which is quite
literally a very BIG book. ALCTS donated the copy to the Field Museum where
I assume it still resides. My colleague Cindy Hepfer, who helped plan the
program, and I visited the Field Museum right after ALA. The book was on
display behind a glass window. One of the staff came over and began to turn
the pages which mainly feature stunning photos of Bhutan.  Pretty soon
there was an audience watching in awe.

There are many fascinating pieces in this collection--I don't know how any
real work gets done!



Susan Davis
Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
134 Lockwood Library
Buffalo, NY  14260-2210
(716) 645-2784
(716) 645-5955 fax

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--On Thursday, September 18, 2008 12:07 PM -0500 Jennifer Bazeley
<jwbazeley@GMAIL.COM> wrote:

> 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)
>> ------------------------------
>>  Job Description
>> ------------------------------
>> 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
>> ------------------------------
>> 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
>> ------------------------------
>>    - 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.*
>> --
>> Jennifer Warwick Bazeley
>> Associate Librarian, Technical Services
>> Field Museum Library
>> **
>> *
>> *