Senior Library Specialist-Technical Services-Cataloging

Brown University

Job Description:

Job Summary
Performs cataloging related tasks for library materials in all languages and formats for library resources to be accessible in a timely manner via the library discovery tool. Works with bibliographic, authority and inventory metadata for data modification and maintenance purposes using relevant library platforms (e.g., Alma, etc.) and bibliographic utilities (e.g., OCLC Connexion, etc.)

This is a hybrid library union position.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform copy cataloging of library materials in all languages and formats following the established standards and policies (RDA and LC/PCC Policy Statements) using the MARC (Machine Readable Catalog) data standards and other non-MARC standards (e.g., Dublin Core, MODS, etc.)
  • Search and identify the best record from WorldCat and the library’s bibliographic database for cataloging processing and edits.
  • Review and verify the validity of access points (names and subject headings) provided in bibliographic records
  • Review and verify the call number provided in the copy record is valid and appropriate based on the guidelines of the Library of Congress Classification System using the LC ClassWeb system.
  • Assist with cataloging and processing of special and archival materials following established standards and procedures as directed
  • Inventories, arranges, describes and catalogs manuscript collections materials utilizing various systems as directed
  • Identifies, investigates and resolves complex problems related to catalog records for monographs, serials, and sets as directed
  • Applies various metadata standards to describe digital image collections and encode finding aids for manuscript collections.
  • Participates in ongoing internal database maintenance and authority control as directed
  • Participates in team projects
  • Creates and revises item, check-in and holding records
  • Reconciles, processes, and resolves complex problems generated by the library’s various systems
  • Maintains and resolve correspondence in Library Cataloging email
  • Assists with maintaining currency and reliability of links to electronic resources, including troubleshooting broken links
  • Trains and provides assistance to co-workers as needed and as directed
  • Performs related duties as required

Supervisor: Head of Metadata Services
Works independently under general direction; makes independent judgments and decisions within scope of library policies and procedures

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with specific subject area expertise as required or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of MARC preferred; cataloging experience preferred (demonstrated knowledge of cataloging standards preferred); Knowledge of one or more foreign languages preferred
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Requires attention to detail, ability to work independently, and ability to adapt quickly to changing policies and procedures; Capacity to learn new technologies and systems
  • Ability to interact favorably with co-workers and library users
  • Strong computer skills, ability to use computer software packages (i.e. Microsoft Office Suite)
  • Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills
  • 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.

Benefits of Working at Brown:
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Senior Library Specialist-Technical Services-Cataloging

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Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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