Project Cataloger in Rochester, NY

The Strong National Museum of Play Posted: 2023-09-07

Rochester, NY 14607

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Project Cataloger

The Strong’s Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play is a multidisciplinary research repository devoted to the intellectual, social, and cultural history of play. The project cataloger is a three-year grant-funded position responsible for cataloging and classifying an identified group of toy and game company trade catalogs.

This position requires a background in cataloging, experience with library standards and databases, and outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail.

Essential Functions:
Under the direction of the director (grant project coordinator) and cataloger (grant project technical lead), the project cataloger will independently perform cataloging operations using international library cataloging and classifications standards.
Perform original and copy cataloging of trade catalogs using appropriate national standards such as AACR2, RDA, MARC, LC Subject Headings, LC Classification, and local practices.
Meet regular cataloging objectives as specified in the grant funding for this position.
Export records from OCLC Connexion Client and import into the museum’s local ILS.
Follow institutional policies, procedures, standards, and workflows for cataloging, classification, end processing, labeling, and rehousing.
Alert the cataloger to any issues, concerns, and inconsistencies that may impact the project’s success or impede future access and retrieval.
Assist the cataloger with the resolution of errors in the bibliographic data to maintain uniformity of bibliographic records.
Assist the cataloger with maintaining or increasing productivity of cataloging operations.
Communicate supply needs to the cataloger and assist with maintaining adequate and timely supplies related to the project.
Train, supervise, and mentor the activities of volunteers who may assist with this project.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution.
Experience and proficiency in the operation of integrated library systems (EOS preferred), related software, and related library vendor services.
Professional experience as a cataloger in a library or museum (preferred), completed advanced coursework in cataloging, and/or a cataloging internship.
Experience with MARC and OCLC Connexion. Knowledge of and familiarity with RDA, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Classification Web, and other standards relevant to cataloging materials.
Experience performing both original and copy cataloging.
Ability to independently implement operational policies and procedures within the cataloging function to assist in meeting project goals and deadlines.
Remain highly organized and pay close attention to each detail to ensure all bibliographic records and informational material contain appropriate and accessible information.
Ability to effectively work in a team-oriented environment and be open to feedback.

The final candidate must consent to and pass a drug screen and background check as conditions of employment. The Strong is an equal opportunity employer.

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