Cataloging Specialist

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Job Description

Talbott Library, Westminster Choir College of Rider University invites applications for a Cataloging Specialist.  The successful candidate will catalog incoming library materials (primarily music scores and books) to ensure timely access to the students and faculty for their learning and teaching process; enhance and revise existing records as needed to stay current with national standards; and train and oversee student employees in pre-cataloging and processing.  

Major responsibilities:

  • Provides bibliographic access to music scores, books and other formats of music-related materials by performing original and complex copy cataloging of these materials in Connexion and Sierra using RDA, AACR2, Library of Congress classification and subject headings, including authority control. Local cataloging policies and priorities are also observed
  • Maintains the quality of local and national cataloging by staying current with national trends in bibliographic control.
  • Update  the quality and completeness of the existing records: Make corrections and enhancements in the catalog, as needed;  process additional or replacement copies; withdraw worn or lost items; enhance catalog records by adding contents notes; reclassify materials as needed.
  •  Train and oversee the work of student employees: Train and supervise student workers in generating labels for books and scores; and other tasks which contribute to making library materials accessible and available to library patrons in a timely fashion.
  • Assist library staff with cataloging related questions as needed.
  • Works in collaboration with other librarians to establish and maintain local policies and procedures.  

Required knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Undergraduate degree in music or related discipline
  • Music cataloging experience
  • Knowledge of RDA, AACR2, and  LC classification and subject headings.
  • Experience with authority control
  • Familiarity with OCLC Connexion and an integrated library system.
  • Bibliographic familiarity with foreign languages
  • Accurate data entry skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to identify problems, prioritize numerous tasks and respond to multiple requests.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interest in academic music librarianship

Preferred education/experience/skills (additional qualifications):

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science
  • Experience with Sierra or similar integrated library system

How to Apply

Please visit our website at, ‘Employment Opportunities’.  Position 350062 to apply for this position. Deadline for application is March 15, 2017.                             

Rider University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicap/disability, Vietnam-era/disabled veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other non-job related criteria.

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