Catalog Librarian - Burke Library
- Original Serial & Monograph Cataloging Department -

The Columbia University Libraries seek a cataloger with strong cataloging and classification skills to provide original cataloging primarily for rare and archival titles in the Union Theological (UTS) collection.  The Burke Library, which is the largest theological library in the western hemisphere, contains rich collections for theological study and research. With holdings of over 700,000 items, the Library is recognized as one of the premier libraries in its field and includes extensive holdings of unique and special materials.

 Reporting to the Head of Original Serial and Monograph Cataloging the incumbent will:
The Libraries participate in BIBCO, CONSER, NACO and SACO.  Catalogers contribute to planning, policy and procedure development and are expected to keep abreast of methods, guidelines and approaches for the bibliographic control of library materials.  Columbia’s extensive digital library activities provide many opportunities for catalogers to work in non-traditional ways with colleagues in special collections, academic computing, Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC) and the Center for New Media Teaching and Learning.

 Requirements are: accredited MLS or equivalent education and experience; working knowledge of cataloging principles and procedures including:  AACR2R, LC subject headings and classification and MARC 21 formats; experience cataloging rare books and/or other special collections material using Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Books; strong working knowledge of Latin and one or more western European languages (German preferred).

Additional requirements include: effective verbal and written communication skills; good organizational skills; an aptitude for complex, analytical, and detailed work and demonstrated awareness of new and emerging standards and technologies relevant to bibliographic control and metadata, and a commitment to their effective application. Highly desirable qualifications include understanding of the role of digital technology in special collections, experience with Voyager and OCLC; experience in a large research library; subject background in theology.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. We offer excellent benefits including 100% Columbia tuition exemption for self and family and assistance with University housing. Columbia will also pay 50% tuition for your dependent child who is a candidate for an undergraduate degree at another accredited college or university.

One of the world's leading research universities, Columbia provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a unique intellectual community. Set in the Morningside Heights academic village, Columbia also presents the unmatched dynamism, diversity and cultural richness of New York City. The University Libraries, grounded in collections of remarkable depth and breadth, are also building extensive electronic resources and services. The Libraries at Columbia are committed to collegiality, professionalism, innovation and leadership.

For immediate consideration please e-mail your resume and the names/contact information for 3 references to: [log in to unmask] or send it to Human Resources, Columbia University, Box 18, Butler Library, MC 1104, 535 West 114th Street, New York, NY 10027.  Please reference Search # UL70106012 and include your e-mail address. Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position is filled; however, applications submitted before August 10, 2006 will receive priority consideration.

Columbia University is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.