Cataloger of Rare Books: Copy Enhanced

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This is a 50% FTE position.

Job Purpose

The Library Specialist performs a wide range of complex and/or interrelated duties involving a high level of decision making within one or more functional areas of a library. Applies knowledge of overall system and works mostly independently with a high degree of initiative.

Core Duties

Perform “enhanced copy,” and “derived original” cataloging (i.e. create a record based on a related record rather than an exact match) of Special Collections printed materials in all western European languages, with imprint dates ranging from the 15th to the 21st century, and materials covering all subject areas. Follows the Resource Description and Access (RDA) cataloging standard as interpreted by the PCC BIBCO Standard Record, and follows Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books) as appropriate.
Perform subject analysis and classification using Library of Congress Subject Headings and Classification, and include citations of reference sources and local headings (e.g. provenance, genre terms) per local guidelines.
Perform a variety of cataloging work (e.g. copy and “enhanced” copy cataloging) for resources in special formats (e.g. media and electronic resources, serial publications, maps).
Perform complex record maintenance (e.g. serial title changes, record upgrade, reclassification, adding access points)
Manage operations of a library unit, including maintaining production statistics and writing detailed procedures.
Coordinate and load and unload rare book shipments to and from Redwood City.

Minimum Education and Experience Required

Bachelor’s degree plus three or more years of experience in an academic library, or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

• Demonstrated computer proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets and communication software such as email
• Record of excellent attendance
• Experience using or ability to learn one or more library automated systems, proficiency in using SirsiDynix's Symphony preferred.
• Excellent analytic and problem solving skills.
• Ability to work effectively in a dynamic, production-oriented environment and the ability to adapt quickly and work under pressure to meet deadlines and production goals.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain consistent accuracy and attention to detail while maintaining a very high level of productivity
• Good keyboarding skills and physical tolerance for at least six hours per day of keying
• Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing
• Ability to work independently and as a team member, under pressure, in a highly demanding environment.
• Proficiency in reading at least one other Western European language besides English
• Demonstrated ability to process materials in a wide variety of foreign languages and subjects.
• Ability to determine basic subject matter of materials in a wide variety of foreign languages and inputs appropriate subject keywords in English.
• Demonstrated experience with cataloging at the copy and/or derived original level according to standards such as: AACR2, RDA, CONSER, MARC21 bibliographic and holdings formats
• Demonstrated ability to effectively search OCLC.
• Ability to work with a variety of non-MARC metadata formats.
• Ability to work with a variety of digitized physical formats (e.g., images, maps) and languages.
• Ability to follow and apply the content rules for creating metadata records as specified for individual projects.
• Performs "level-3" (abbreviated-level) cataloging conforming to current local and national standards.
• Ability to take initiative, plan and prioritize work, and meet deadlines.
• Demonstrated capability or ability to learn supervision.

Other Relevant Knowledge Skills and Abilities May Include:

• General knowledge of current cataloging practices, both local and nationwide, for both modern and antiquarian materials
• General knowledge of bibliography, collation, and format; general knowledge of book history, printing history, and illustration techniques
• General knowledge of relevant reference materials for rare book cataloging, both print and online, and the ability to become familiar with a wider range of such materials
• Knowledge of and ability to identify genres (e.g. chapbooks, courtesy books)

Physical Requirements
• Ability to push a cart weighing up to 650 lbs. that requires an initial push force up to 70 lbs.
• Ability to work in an environment that is dusty and or moldy
• Ability to lift books that are up to 10 pounds
• Ability to kneel and reach
• Must be able to stand for many hours

Work Standards
• Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
• Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety
concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
• Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Code: 1734
Job Grade: F

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