Music Cataloger – Temporary

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Job Description

The incumbent provides timely access to Harvard Library collections by
providing original and copy cataloging, and related authority work, for Loeb
Music Library collections in multiple formats and languages.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Catalogs music materials in all formats including scores, audio and
    video recordings, CD-ROMS, digital formats, newly emerging media, and
    books, in a variety of languages


  • Creates original catalog records in an automated environment using MARC
    and non-MARC schemas as necessary; performs
    routine and complex copy cataloging
  • Performs subject analysis and
  • Works according to changing daily priorities, demonstrates flexibility
    and ability to shift between multiple tasks effectively
  • Performs duties with professionalism, which includes relating to others
    in group settings and individually in a courteous, cooperative, sensitive, and
    collegial manner
  • Contributes to the overall goals of the department as appropriate




  • MLS or
    equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Advanced
    knowledge of music, preferably obtained through formal education
  • Experience
    performing music cataloging
  • Knowledge
    of RDA, LC-PCC Policy Statements, MLA Best Practices
    for Music Cataloging, AACR2, Library
    of Congress Rule Interpretations, Library of Congress Subject Headings,
    Library of Congress Classification, and MARC 21 bibliographic formats,
    especially scores and recordings
  • Knowledge
    of authority control concepts required, including the use of authority
    records in cataloging
  • Knowledge
    of music literature and reference sources
  • Advanced
    knowledge of OCLC searching and cataloging procedures, and the use of
    integrated library systems
  • Must have
    excellent English language communication skills and a demonstrated working
    knowledge of one or more foreign languages used in materials processed by
    the unit


  • College degree in
    music strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of
    creating MARC authority records preferred
  • Library
    experience in an academic library technical services environment desirable 
  • Knowledge of
    Aleph cataloging module desirable.
  • Experience using
    macros or other productivity tools desirable.

Salary Information:
$20.00-$30.00 /hr. The salary offer will be commensurate with experience.


How to Apply

Applicants who are recent MLS graduates or MLS candidates having completed their cataloging and music librarianship courses and considering a career path in music cataloging will be considered and are encouraged to apply.  For those applicants, advanced knowledge of music obtained through formal education is required.

Application Information: Please submit all applications (which should include a resume and cover letter) to:

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