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Cataloger-Published Material, Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Cambridge, MA


Working in a special collections environment, the Cataloger performs a variety of complex technical and specialized library functions in relation to the preparation of bibliographic and holdings records for monographs and serials, including original cataloging of serials, rare books and pamphlets, and a variety of other library materials. 

Job-Specific Responsibilities

  • Creates original cataloging in OCLC for various library materials in a variety of languages and subject fields according to current metadata content and structure standards. Does subject analysis and research to verify supporting authority records following national standards and local practice.
  • Responsible for serials bibliographic cataloging and the creation of detailed holdings records often from multiple workflows following CONSER guidelines.
  • Performs complex copy cataloging in all subjects collected by the library, including materials in Romance and other languages.  
  • Records detailed copy specific physical description and provenance information following established practice for holdings records in Harvard’s Alma system for all items cataloged.
  • Performs MARC record work within Harvard Library’s catalog and OCLC’s Worldcat to maintain accurate holdings by correcting errors, updating, enhancing, reconciling discrepancies, and reporting duplicates.
  • Collaborates as part of a team of catalogers and metadata specialists in resolving difficult cataloging problems and stalled items.  Consults with and advises colleagues about cataloging rules and practices.  Keeps current with Harvard Library cataloging best practices and national standards.
  • Communicates with Harvard Library Technical Services (LTS) to understand and resolve Alma system or other technical problems.
  • Stays informed of evolving technical services trends, changing practices and standards, new cataloging software applications and local technology changes; participates in the development of local policies; suggests innovations and generates ideas for improving workflows and creating efficiencies.
  • Works with Research Services librarians and other colleagues to provide intellectual and physical access to materials in a timely manner.
  • Responsible for occasional reference desk shifts.
  • Serves on library-wide teams and committees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited MLS (Master’s in Library Science).
  • Three years of professional library cataloging experience in an academic, special, or research library with detailed, working knowledge of cataloging practices and procedures and of library automated systems.
  • Must have experience with serials cataloging, including original cataloging and the creation of detailed, accurate holdings following CONSER guidelines.
  • Must understand authority records and authority control and be familiar with the Name Authority Cooperative Program (NACO).

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Experience cataloging in OCLC’s Connexion and working with Connexion templates, macros, and OCLC authority records is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current international data content and structure standards related to bibliographic, holding and authority cataloging such as MARC 21, RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LCRI, CONSER, BIBCO, PCC, NAF, LCGT, RBMS controlled vocabularies, and DCRM(B).
  • Strong written, verbal, and listening skills.
  • Knowledge of U.S. women’s and culinary history.
  • Competence with Microsoft Office software.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills and the ability to meet project deadlines.
  • Ability to prioritize and balance long-term projects and daily cataloging workflow.  
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, and other diverse groups and individuals in a collegial manner.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in the adoption of new software, project protocols, and workflows.
  • Working knowledge of one or more foreign languages. 
  • Must be able to work both independently and as part of a department team with shared goals.

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