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Position Summary: Princeton University Library seeks an experienced and productive rare book cataloger to catalog a diverse array of uncatalogued acquisitions. Materials fall into two main categories: rare art publications for the Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, and general acquisitions for the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Imprints range from the 16th century to the 21st, and include many titles in languages other than English, chiefly French, German, Italian, and Latin. This is a backlog elimination project: sustained and effective cataloging of a large body of material. A high level of productivity is essential. Cataloging must respond to specialist client needs as identified by curators and selectors. Enhancements of earlier records may also be included. This position is part of the Rare Books Cataloging Team, whose members apply current professional standards to achieve sound intellectual control of special collections.
Position available December 1, 2018. The term of this position is 3 years.
The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Associate Professional Specialist or more senior rank depending upon qualifications and experience. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.
Essential Qualifications: Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program. At least two years of professional cataloging experience including substantial original monograph cataloging applying RDA, LCSH, LC classification, and the MARC 21 format. Familiarity with rare book cataloging tools such as the DCRM manuals and RBMS Controlled Vocabularies. Good reading knowledge of French, German, or Italian. Flexibility and ability to adjust to changing priorities and practices. Ability to work collaboratively with curators, selectors, and fellow technical services staff. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications: Serials cataloging experience. Cataloging use of Voyager and OCLC. NACO participation. Experience in cataloging art materials or educational background in art history. Understanding of the visual aspects of printed resources. Reading knowledge of other languages relevant to the collections such as Latin. Familiarity with AACR2 and earlier cataloging codes.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications (cover letter, resume, and the names, titles, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references) will be accepted only from the AHIRE website: http://dof.princeton.edu/academicjobs. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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