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 resources.


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 resources.

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. 


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.