Senior Library Expert – Cataloging and Discovery – Cataloging

Brown University

Job Description:

Job Summary

Creates, contributes, and provides timely access to metadata for library resources to enable and enhance discovery and access. Performs complex cataloging functions in all formats and languages related to the creation and maintenance of bibliographic, holdings, and authority records in the LSP (Library Services Platform) and OCLC.

This is a Hybrid Library Union position.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Searches bibliographic information resources to identify and describe the content of library materials; researches additional online and offline information resources as needed
  • Creates full-level original cataloging records for general and special collections, including archival materials, in all languages, under general supervision and following established guidelines
  • Edits complex copy cataloging records of library holding in print and non-print formats (e.g., monographs, serials, audio-visual, electronic resources, PDFs, special collections materials, mixed media) in addition to: sound recordings, scores, hymnals, etc. as directed
  • Creates original authority records under NACO and SACO guidelines
  • Utilizes and understands current cataloging rules, tools, and standards, Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC 21), Resource Description and Access (RDA), Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and other LC classification schema
  • Monitors trends in cataloging practice and maintains active knowledge of the latest changes and updates to all cataloging standards through subscription to listservs, review of professional literature, online webinars, colloquia, classes, seminars, attendance at conferences
  • Inventories, arranges, describes and catalogs manuscript collections materials utilizing Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), Encoded Archival Description (EAD), and Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS) in collaboration with Special Collections
  • Identifies, investigates and resolves complex problems related to monographs, serials, and sets
  • Assists subject specialists and library users regarding access to library materials
  • Participates in ongoing internal database maintenance and authority control
  • Creates and collaborates in the writing of documentation for the Cataloging Department utilizing knowledge of internal and external Library workflows and demand
  • Participates in collaborative projects within Technical Services and across Library departments
  • Creates and revises item, check-in and holding records and resolves relevant issues
  • Trains, coordinates, and directs the work of student assistants
  • Monitors Cataloging Department email account: maintains correspondence, responds to patron requests and questions, and/or forwards correspondence to appropriate staff as necessary
  • Trains and provides assistance to co-workers
  • Performs related duties as required

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with specific subject area expertise as required or equivalent level of education and/or experience (e.g., Associate’s Degree plus 2 years of experience, or 4 years of experience)
  • 2 or more years of cataloging experience required
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to interact favorably with co-workers and library users
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging standards
  • Strong computer skills, ability to use computer software packages (i.e. Microsoft Office Suite)
  • Capacity to learn new technologies and systems
  • Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of one or more foreign languages preferred
  • Ability to take a collaborative approach to decision-making and problem-solving
  • Ability to work in a team environment and to actively participate in team-based decision making
  • Possesses a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus community

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.

Library Union position which must be posted internally for 5 work days prior to posting for external candidates.

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Senior Library Expert – Cataloging and Discovery – Cataloging


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Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:

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