The University of Chicago Library seeks applicants for the position of 
Cataloger.  The Cataloging Department. is part of the Technical and 
Electronic Services Division.  The position reports to the head of the 
Monographic Cataloging Section, but will also work with the head of the 
Serials and Electronic Resources Section and the head of the Database 
Management and Copy Cataloging Section as necessary.   The Cataloging Dept. 
has five sections, with eight librarians and seventeen FTE exempt and 
clerical staff.

The University of Chicago Library has resources numbering more than seven 
million printed works, increasing at the rate of 150,000 volumes per year. 
Over thirty million manuscripts and archival pieces, 420,000 maps and 
aerial photographs, and large sets of microform materials complement the 
printed collections. The distinctive rare book, manuscript and archival 
holdings of the Special Collections Research Center are available for 
study.  Aggressive growth in the Library's electronic assets ensures a 
balanced representation of resources in all formats. The Library Catalog, 
Web pages, indexes and abstracting tools, digital maps, and images can be 
accessed from computers in the Library, on campus, and remotely. Major 
electronic resources include 40,000 licensed full-text serial titles, 
170,000 licensed monographs and 500-licensed reference databases.

The cataloger is responsible for original cataloging of music scores, sound 
recordings and monographs, as well as other subjects and formats such as 
serials, electronic resources, and visual materials. The Library is a 
member of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, and descriptive 
cataloging is performed in accordance with national standards. Subject 
analysis and classification assignment follow Library of Congress standards 
and local practice. Authority records follow NACO standards and are 
contributed to the national authority file.  The cataloger also 
investigates and participates in implementation of solutions for providing 
bibliographic control for all types of resources including electronic 

In addition to cataloging traditional materials and in support of the 
Catalog Departments endeavor to integrate bibliographical control for 
digital resources, the cataloger may participate in activities to implement 
non-MARC descriptive metadata standards and contribute to the development 
of new metadata services for the Librarys growing collection of digital 

The cataloger collaborates with other catalogers and Library staff to 
establish and maintain local policies and procedures for bibliographic and 
metadata services, projects, and other activities that affect the librarys 
integrated library system, search engines, and overall access to the 
collections; keeps abreast of the current trends and best practices for 
bibliographic and metadata services in the field; serves on library 
committees, participates in library-wide programs and activities, and is 
expected to be active professionally.  The cataloger is responsible for the 
maintenance of music-related and other aspects of the departmental web site 
and oversees the work of two clerical staff who support the cataloging of 
music materials.

QUALIFICATIONS: An MLS or MLIS degree from an ALA accredited institution is 
required.  A strong background in music studies, especially the classical 
repertoire, is also required.  Good reading knowledge of one or more 
western European languages, preferably German, and French or Italian, is 
required. Experience using an integrated library system, proficiency in 
using PC-based applications and other computer applications is 
required.   Familiarity with Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed, 
knowledge of Library of Congress rule interpretations, Library of Congress 
classification via Classweb, Library of Congress subject headings via OCLCs 
authority file, the Subject Cataloging Manual, and the PCC SACO manual, 
MARC 21 formats for bibliographic and authority data and the NACO manual 
for authority work are all required.  Cataloging experience or experience 
working with non-MARC descriptive metadata standards such as MODS and EAD 
is required.

Ability to communicate effectively and constructively with colleagues, with 
supervisors, and with other staff, both within and outside the department 
is required. Ability to perform complex problem solving and decision-making 
is required.  The successful candidate will possess the following skills: 
flexibility about performing different cataloging tasks as departmental and 
library needs change, and to show responsiveness and willingness to work on 
special projects or assignments; a strong service orientation, the ability 
to write and implement procedures; analytical, communication, and training 
skills; ability to prioritize work to ensure that departmental and library 
goals are realized, and the ability to work independently as well as part 
of a team in a production-oriented, dynamic environment, with a commitment 
to professional development and growth.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Appointment salary based on qualifications and 
experience.  Salary range begins at $43,930.  Benefits include retirement 
plan, insurance, and paid time off.  There is a tuition benefit plan for 
college age and younger children.  APPLICATION: should include letter of 
application, resume and names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone 
numbers of three references.  Review of application will begin upon receipt 
and continue until the position is filled.  Applications received by May 
15, 2006, will be assured consideration.  Applications may be sent by 
e-mail to [log in to unmask] with attention to Denise 
Weintraub.  Applications may also be sent to the Personnel Office, The 
University of Chicago Library, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, Illinois 
60637.  Application by e-mail is strongly encouraged.  Please note 
applicant name on resume attachment. AA/EOE.