Music Cataloger

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Job Description

The Harvard Library is hiring a Music Cataloger, Grade 56, for the Information and Technical Services area of the Harvard Library, Cambridge, MA

Information and Technical Services actively supports the teaching and research mission of the Harvard Library by managing monograph, serial and e-resource acquisitions, metadata creation, and metadata management for the Harvard Library.

As a member of the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences 3 unit within the Metadata Creation Section, under the supervision of the Manager, the incumbent provides timely access to Harvard Library collections by providing original and complex copy cataloging for music materials and related authority work in multiple formats and languages, and assisting in the coordination of various cataloging activities.

* Catalogs music materials in all formats, especially music scores and manuscripts, including rare and unusual materials, as well as books, recordings, CD-ROMS, videos, newly emerging media and electronic formats, in a variety of languages in an automated environment
     o Creates original catalog records using MARC and non-MARC schemas as appropriate for all formats, languages and material types processed by the department.  
     o Does subject analysis and classification, and creates supporting authority records following national standards and local practice
     o Performs complex copy cataloging as necessary, including for materials identified as problem items by other units
     o Determines level of cataloging required for diverse materials, implementing departmental policy decisions
     o Resolves problems of incorrect, incomplete, or conflicting bibliographic data, including moving and/or merging holdings and items
* Updates cataloging records in OCLC and Aleph
* May contribute to national programs, such as NACO and BIBCO
* Works on special projects, including identifying scope, staffing needs, and providing oversight
* Assists in hiring, training, scheduling, and distributing work to other staff or student workers
     o Trains staff in copy cataloging and basic metadata creation methods and procedures, and reviews work of trainees as appropriate. Schedules and distributes work to other staff, student workers and temp positions
     o May hire and supervise student workers

* MLS or equivalent combination of education and experience; Two years of music cataloging experience required
* Advanced knowledge of music, preferably obtained through formal education
* Broad knowledge of music history and music bibliography required;
* Solid working knowledge of RDA, LC/PCCPS, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Library of Congress Classification, and MARC 21 bibliographic formats
* Working knowledge of authority control, including the creation and use of authority records

How to Apply

To see the full position description and to apply, please visit, requisition number 33070BR. Please include a cover letter and resume with your application.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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