Librarian (Cataloger) – 2 positions

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Job Description

These positions are located in the Music Division, Collections and Services Directorate, which provides innovative and effective bibliographic control of the Library’s music and other performing arts collections and leadership to the library and information communities in the development of cataloging theory and practice. A variety of material is cataloged by the Directorate, including books, rare books, sound recordings, manuscripts, electronic resources, microforms and musical scores. The cataloging is done in an electronic environment. The work of the Division affects the development of Library programs and the standard and principles used by librarians in government, public, and academic libraries throughout the United States. Stakeholders include Congress, scholars and the general public, and the larger library and information communities.

The position description number for this position is 343364.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.


The incumbent catalogs a variety of music and performing arts material in an automated cataloging environment where the bibliographic characteristics of the material are relatively easy to determine and cataloging decisions are made within established standards; searches entries in automated and manual catalogs; assigns headings to catalog entries; selects and assigns classification numbers; establishes personal and corporate names and uniforms titles for inclusion in the subject authority records, and classification schedule; creates and revises bibliographic records, authority records, and classification schedules; performs content designation of bibliographic and authority records; performs research in the catalog’s reference collection, online databases, the world wide web, and the collections of the Library; and resolves problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process.

The incumbent analyzes and organizes standard subject data to determine its relationship to the existing collections for proper main entry, and the need for added entries; analyzes material to determine subject content; applies standard rules, guidelines, and reference tools and established techniques and practices; and participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements to cataloging related issues.

The incumbent maintains personal contacts and cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information; consults with the Team Leader and cataloging policy staff to recommend changes and additions in descriptive and subject cataloging rules; offers suggestions and advice to the Team Leader on operational and technical problems; collaborates with the Team Leader and other staff in planning and implementing the following team activities: workflow procedures, team priorities, cataloging projects of an experimental nature, and goal setting and strategies for meeting the team production goals; and assists others inside and outside the Library with language, subject, and cataloging problems.

Job Requirements

Key Requirements


Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Ability to use integrated library systems, applications, web-based tools, or other information technologies.

Ability to interact collaboratively with others to provide consultation and liaison duties.

Knowledge of cataloging rules, procedures and practices in a music or performing arts library or environment. **

Knowledge of history, theory, and literature of music. **

Ability to analyze and organize information and materials, and interpret information in a music or performing arts library or environment.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing. No additional requirements to those listed above.

How to Apply

Both positions close on 6/30/16. Further details and application information at:

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