Senior Librarian (Music Cataloger)

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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 Senior Librarian will create and update cataloging records for materials in all formats in the areas of music, performing arts and other subjects as needed by the BookOps partners. The Librarian will catalog according to national standards for bibliographic description, classification, name and subject analysis and contribute authority records to national cooperative cataloging programs.

Principal Responsibilities:

Reporting to a Supervising Librarian or Librarian III, the Senior Librarian:

  • Performs original and copy cataloging of music and performing arts materials in print and non-print, including scores, books, sound and video recordings and electronic resources
  • Catalogs and classifies print and non-print materials in English and other languages
  • Creates and maintains bibliographic data for the BookOps member libraries
  • 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
  • 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 required
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in music required
  • Strong knowledge of music history, theory, notation and a wide variety of genres required
  • Demonstrated experience in library cataloging and classification of scores, print and non-print music materials required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of RDA, 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
  • Demonstrated experience or training in PCC and NACO preferred
  • Demonstrated experience using OCLC Connexion preferred
  • Knowledge of one or more languages other than English, preferably Romance or Germanic
  • Knowledge of an integrated library system, preferably Innovative Millennium or Sierra
  • Strong computer and other related technology skills, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Google applications
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team to meet planned goals and deadlines
  • Experience in problem-solving in a team environment
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances and technology
Work Environment:
  • Office environment
Physical Duties:
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs.
Starting Salary:
USD $54,745.00/Yr.
35 hours per week
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Schedule subject to change
Union / Non Union:

Local 1930

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