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Cataloger needed at the Field Museum

I saw this awesome job on an SLA listserv. Unfortunately, moving to Chicago is not in the cards for me. But maybe it is for you?

Library | Cataloger
Department: Library
1 Full Time Term Position Position (35 hours/week; 1 year term from start date)

Job Description

The Field Museum Library supports the exhibition, research, and education programs of The Field Museum, which was founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. The Library is home to a rich, world-class collection of more than 250,000 volumes in the following subject areas: anthropology, archaeology, biological systematics, botany, environmental and evolutionary biology, geology, museology, and zoology. Although borrowing privileges are reserved for Museum staff and associates, the Library's collections are available for public use. Since 2001, the Library has operated the Ex Libris ALEPH 500 integrated library system. At the heart of the ALEPH system is Harlow, the Library's online catalog, which currently contains about 120,164 records.

In addition to purchasing new materials and receiving donated and exchanged materials, the Library began a retrospective conversion of approximately 92,000 catalog records in 2006. Converted records represented monographs, serials, and rare books acquired prior to 1978 and held in the General Collection, the Rare Book Room, and eight subject-based divisional libraries. Clean up of the retrospective conversion records continues and is approximately one half completed.

The Cataloger will be divide his/her time between cataloging and maintaining incoming library materials and continuing the cataloging and clean-up of Retrospective Conversion materials from the Library's general collections.

Job Duties

Under the direction of the Technical Services Librarian, the Cataloger will perform the following duties:

Cataloging Duties
Perform copy and some original cataloging of monographs and serials in WorldCat and in the Library's Ex Libris Aleph 500 system (using national and local standards such as AACR2R/RDA, LCSH, MARC standards, and LC classification schedules). Performs copy and some original cataloging on monographs and serials in most Western European languages
Update and maintain authority records for all materials in the Aleph system, using LC authority records via OCLC Connexion
Update and maintain holdings records in MARC holdings format for all materials in the Aleph system
Retrospective Conversion Duties
Implement documented procedures to monitor the quality of converted bibliographic records to ensure compliance with local and national standards and with vendor and other contractual requirements
Search, verify, and edit cataloging copy in the Aleph system and in WorldCat, making appropriate changes as specified by the shelf list card in hand and according to local and national cataloging standards. Identify and resolve bibliographic record conflicts. Provide appropriate MARC content designation according to the requirements of the online system
Identify and resolve problems associated with location, call number, holdings, and other copy-specific information, in particular those associated with the loading of records from vendors, bibliographic utilities, and other providers of bibliographic information
Create catalog records as necessary in Harlow and in WorldCat, based upon the shelf list card in hand, according to local and national cataloging standards and providing appropriate MARC content designation
Add volume holdings and item records to catalog records for monographic and serial titles according to specified guidelines
Assist in testing, evaluating, and implementing systems and other developments affecting the catalog
Identify, pull, sort, and re-file shelf list and other catalog cards
General Duties
Participate in staff development activities
Keep informed of developments in the library field by reading professional journals, attending workshops and conferences, and subscribing to appropriate listserv
Perform other related duties as required


Master's Degree in Library Science required with one to two years work experience in cataloging
Experience in cataloging and maintaining serial records in an online catalog and or experience with an integrated library system preferred
Demonstrated understanding of the structure and function of integrated library systems, national cataloging standards, and MARC format
Experience with Windows systems in a networked environment
Good analytical ability and problem-solving skills
Working knowledge of Western European languages
Ability to work independently with accuracy and attention to detail; to follow verbal and written instructions and procedures; to organize and prioritize work assignments; to exercise sound judgment and initiative; to effectively complete tasks according to schedule; and to establish and maintain effective and productive working relationships
If contacted for an interview, applicants must provide a sample of original cataloging (2-3 bibliographic records in MARC format, preferably in print format)
The Field Museum accepts applications on-line. To apply for this position, please complete the on-line application.
No phone calls please.

The Field Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Jennifer Warwick Bazeley
Associate Librarian, Technical Services
Field Museum Library
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