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THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LIBRARY



The University of Chicago Library seeks applicants for the position of 
Cataloger.  The Cataloging Dept. 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 professional librarians and seventeen FTE support 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 monographs and 
other formats in modern Hebrew as well as European languages,  in all 
subjects. 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 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. He/she keeps  abreast of the current trends and best practices 
for bibliographic and metadata services in the field. The cataloger also 
serves on library committees, participates in library-wide programs and 
activities, and is expected to be active professionally.

Qualifications:

An MLS or MLIS degree from an ALA accredited institution is 
required.  Excellent knowledge of modern Hebrew and Jewish studies is 
required.  Good reading knowledge of at least two eastern or western 
European languages, preferably Russian or German, 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 and familiarity with non-MARC 
descriptive metadata standards such as MODS and EAD preferred.

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.  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 November 30, 2006, 
will be assured consideration.  Applications may be sent by e-mail to 
[log in to unmask] with attention to Denise 
Weintraub.  Please note applicant name on resume attachment. AA/EOE.