Music Cataloger, Librarian II

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Job Description

BookOps is the shared technical services collaboration of the Brooklyn Public Library and New York Public Library. BookOps coordinates the selection, acquisition, cataloging, processing and distribution of library materials for the two systems.  BookOps Cataloging is responsible for providing bibliographic data and organizational services to make the commercially published materials in the collections of Brooklyn Public Library and New York Public Library discoverable.


The Music Cataloger (Librarian II) position creates and updates cataloging records for materials in all formats in the areas of music, performing arts and other subjects as needed by the BookOps member libraries. The librarian catalogs according to national standards for bibliographic description, classification schedules, name and subject analysis and contributes authority records to national cooperative cataloging programs.


Principal Responsibilities:

Under the general direction of a Supervising Librarian or Librarian III, the Music Cataloger, Librarian II:


  • Creates and maintains bibliographic data for the BookOps member libraries
  • Performs original, complex-edit and copy cataloging of music and performing arts materials in print and non-print, including scores, books, sound recordings, audio-visual, and electronic resources
  • Assigns and maintains name, subject, and title access points in bibliographic records and performs authority work at national level
  • Processes bibliographic and authority data files from vendors and other sources
  • Catalogs and classifies print and non-print materials in English and other languages
  • Plans and executes special cataloging assignments
  • Assists in training cataloging staff
  • Contributes to the development of cataloging procedures and reports
  • Maintains accurate statistics
  • Performs related duties as required

Key Competencies:

  • Communication
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Job-Specific Knowledge and Skills
  • Accountability

Minimum Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies
  • Experience in library cataloging and classification of scores, print and non-print music materials
  • Demonstrated knowledge of RDA, FRBR, FRAD, AACR2, MARC21, LCSH, LCNAF, Dewey Decimal Classification, LC Classification, MLA Best Practices for Music Cataloging and trends in the field of cataloging and metadata required
  • Strong knowledge of music history, theory, notation and a wide variety of genres
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team to meet planned goals and deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to problem-solve within a team environment to address cataloging issues
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances and technology

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Music
  • Experience using OCLC Connexion
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems, preferably Innovative Interfaces  Sierra
  • Experience or training in PCC and NACO
  • Strong computer and other related technology skills, including MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google applications, and PCs
  • Knowledge of one or more non-English languages, preferably Romance, Germanic, or CJK languages

Work Environment:

  • Office environment


Physical Duties:

  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs.


Starting Salary:

USD $51,224.00/Yr.



35 hours per week
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm 
Schedule subject to change


Union / Non Union:

Local 1930

How to Apply

Interested qualified applicants should submit an online application here.

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