The main responsibility of the Cataloging Bibliographer is to perform subject analysis and classification along with descriptive cataloging up to full level on a broad range and depth of materials. Materials analyzed include print, visual, audio and digital resources. Classification schemes used are Library of Congress Classification, Dewey Decimal, National Library of Medicine and Canadian Classification for history, law and literature. Library of Congress and Medical Subject Headings are applied. The work of the Cataloging Bibliographer is conducted to support approval plan profiling and order fulfillment. The person in this position creates metadata records applying the RDA standard using the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Records to support the provision of products supplied by Library Technical Services to accompany purchased content.
(The following statements describe the general nature of work being performed in this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties. Additional duties may be assigned by Management):
- Assigns Library of Congress Subject Headings and appropriate sub-headings following SCM and LCSH rules.
- Assigns Library of Congress Classification and cutter numbers following LCC and CSM instructions.
- Assigns Dewey Decimal Classification using the full current edition.
- Assigns Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and appropriate sub-heading strings.
- Assigns National Library of Medicine classification.
- Assigns Canadian literature, history and KF modified classification as appropriate.
- Assigns library-specific cuttering and shelflisting as required.
- Creates full-level cataloging in MARC (or other metadata format) following RDA and Library of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements.
- Searches OCLC’s bibliographic utility, LC catalog and authorities, and customer online catalogs as necessary.
- Upgrades LC CIP records and other less-than-full-level records.
- Exhibit focused attention to detail for prolonged periods.
- Possess a working knowledge of editing tools such as Microsoft Word, and preferably MARC editing programs.
- Comfort with multi-tasking and shifting priorities throughout the work day.
- Work efficiently and keep work organized.
- Proficient with end-user computer technologies.
- Demonstrates the ability to learn new skills quickly.
- Work collaboratively and effectively with team members to accomplish individual, team and company goals.
- Flexible with rapidly shifting priorities.
- Positive Attitude
- Good Judgement
- Open Communication
- Desire to Make an Impact
- Eager to Understand
- Team Player
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science required or 2 years Cataloging in a library or library service provider setting.
- 1+ year experience with MS Word and/or Excel.
- Experience in library technical services or knowledge of library operations preferred.
- Experience using LC Classweb, OCLC Connexion, Cataloger’s Desktop and/or WebDewey.
- Experience assigning Library of Congress and/or Dewey classification numbers.
- Experience searching authority files.
- Experience using the Library of Congress Subject Cataloging Manual and performing subject analysis.
- Demonstrated proficiency in applying current cataloging guidelines (RDA).
- Demonstrated proficiency in applying current MARC 21 Bibliographic standards to monographs cataloging.
- Knowledge of the Library of Congress classification system and subject headings.
- Broad knowledge of all the functions of the Cataloging Unit and of the LTS Department.
- Knowledge of and compliance with LTS quality assurance standards.
- Understands and supports the goals and values of LTS; models and actively communicates them effectively.
- Demonstrates mastery of job duties, requiring no supervisor follow up.
- Understands all of the company processes and functions that have an impact upon or are impacted by the work of the Unit.
- Knows and appropriately follows the company’s hierarchy.
- Ability to work in a production environment.
- Ability to use sound judgment, analyze disparate information, evaluate complex and ambiguous situations and recommend solutions.
- Ability to multitask and demonstrate flexibility in dealing with changing priorities.
- Ability to perform with frequent interruptions, distractions and fluctuating workloads.
- Ability to participate effectively on teams, commit to meeting agreed-upon goals and objectives, and support team decisions.
- Formulates new and imaginative solutions that reflect careful consideration of company and department needs and goals.
- Recognize and act upon opportunities to improve services and operations.
- Transfers learning from one situation to solve a problem in another.
- Ability to be open and inclusive so that all relevant parties are kept informed of issues and changes.
- Basic computer competencies, including Microsoft productivity applications and Web browsers.
- Exemplary communication skills, both written and oral, to effectively communicate issues, concerns and ideas internally and externally, to individuals and in group settings.
- Strong interpersonal skills to establish effective working relationships among all departments, with both professional and paraprofessional staff.
- Highly developed organizational skills to keep information accessible and work systematically and efficiently.
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