The University of Chicago Library invites applications for the position of Cataloger.



The cataloger is responsible for original cataloging of monographs and other formats in Slavic and western European languages in all subjects.  The Library is an active contributor to the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), and descriptive cataloging is performed in accordance with national standards.  Resources used include: RDA (Resource Description and Access); AACR2; LC-PCC Policy Statements; Library of Congress classification via Classweeb; Library of Congress subject headings via OCLC's authority file; the Subject Cataloging Manaual, and the PCC SACO manual; MARC 21 Formats for Bibliographic and Authority Data; NACO manual for authority work; BIBCO Participants' Manual and BIBCO Standard Record (BSR); national standards pertaining to other format cataloging.


The cataloger will participate in the Library of Congress’ Electronic Cataloging in Publication Program (ECIP), which provides pre-publication metadata for the University of Chicago Press publications as well as those of other scholarly publishers.  The cataloger also investigates and participates in implementation of solutions for providing metadata for all types of resources, including electronic resources.  The cataloger will have primary responsibility for cataloging monographs and serials in the Archives of the Czechs and Slovaks Abroad (ACASA) Collection, a nationally-recognized collection of published and archival materials on the history of these two nationalities outside the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  The cataloger may also participate in other metadata projects as necessary to fulfill the goals of the Library.


The cataloger collaborates with other catalogers and Library staff to establish and maintain local policies and procedures for metadata services, projects, and other activities that affect the Library’s data management and discovery systems, search engines, and overall access to the collections. S/he keeps aware of the current trends and best practices for 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 both locally and nationally.


The cataloger will be expected to 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 Library and department goals are realized; the ability to work independently as well as part of a team in a production-oriented, dynamic environment; a commitment to professional development and growth.



•graduate library degree from an ALA-accredited institution;

•excellent reading knowledge of one or more Slavic languages (Czech and Slovak strongly preferred);

•demonstrated strong computer skills;

•ability to achieve and maintain a reasonable and consistent production level that meets departmental expectations;

•ability to meet local and national standards for quality;

•demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and constructively with colleagues, with supervisors, and with other staff, both within and outside the department;

•ability to perform complex problem solving and decision making.



•previous cataloging experience in an academic/research library;

•excellent reading knowledge of other Slavic, Central Asian, Caucasian languages;

•excellent reading knowledge of non-English western European languages;

•advanced degree in humanities or social sciences;

•experience contributing to the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (BIBCO, CONSER, NACO, SACO)

•experience applying non-MARC metadata standards (e.g., Dublin Core, MODS, METS);

•familiarity with emerging library linked data standards and applications (e.g., RDF, BIBFRAME).


 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.


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Please submit a cover letter, CV and reference contact information through the above site by May 8, 2014.  Review of application will begin upon receipt and continue until the position is filled.  


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.


 The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.