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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

F/T - Special Collections Cataloger, Temple U (PA)

The Temple University Libraries seek a librarian to lead ongoing cataloging
of special collections material. Paley Library is the main library located
on the main campus of Temple, a vibrant, urban research university with
over 1,700 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that is among the
most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and
Philadelphia, visit

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, the Special
Collections Cataloger creates, and leads other staff in creating, original
and adaptive bibliographic records primarily for print special collections,
and secondarily for other materials held by the Temple University
Libraries. The position requires production and editing of name and
subject records and other quality assurance tasks for all collections
represented in our integrated library system. The incumbent will:

Create original and complex adaptive bibliographic records for print
monographs and serials and for other special collections materials, as well
as special format and other materials in the general collection, using
multiple online systems in accordance with accepted local practices and
applicable national standards.
Maintain awareness of special collections and general cataloging issues and
standards, metadata standards, and librarianship.
Manage workflows for other Cataloging staff working on special collections
or related projects.
Work collaboratively with Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) and
Cataloging staff to contribute to the creation and revision of procedures
for cataloging special collections monographs and serials or other
Work collaboratively with the SCRC Coordinator of Technical Services and
Cataloging staff, as appropriate, to perform quality control on descriptive
and other metadata associated with SCRC cataloging and other departmental
production, including creation and management of controlled vocabularies.
Participate in quality assurance and dissemination of records to or through
other national and international repositories such as DPLA and HathiTrust,
using appropriate standards such as METS.
Describe digital resources using the appropriate metadata schemas, as
Catalog materials for circulating and other collections, as needed.
Oversee ongoing work of others as needed or assigned.
Participate in library-wide projects and activities and be active
professionally. The incumbent also will be expected to meet requirements
for contract renewals, promotion and regular appointment.
Required Education and Experience:

ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library/Information Science and at least
one year of cataloging experience.

Required Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated Experience with OCLC bibliographic utility/Connexion interface
Demonstrated knowledge of current cataloging standards and data formats
(RDA/FRBR/MARC21) as well as DCRM
Knowledge of LC authorities and RBMS vocabularies
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and work effectively and
productively without direct supervision
Preferred Skills and Abilities:
Experience cataloging special collections materials in multiple languages,
formats, and from various time periods
Experience with serials cataloging, particularly rare serials
Experience with Innovative Interfaces Millennium
Knowledge of one or more western European languages: especially Latin and
NACO training/experience in creating authority records
Advanced degree or other academic background relevant to Temple University
Libraries Collections
Knowledge of non-MARC metadata formats, standards, and schemata; for
example: Dublin Core, METS, MODS, TEI, AAT
Prior attendance at Rare Book School or similar training

Competitive salary and benefits package, including relocation allowance.
Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Salary range: $50-55k.

To apply:

To apply for this position, please visit, click on
Careers@Temple, and reference TU-17716. For full consideration, please
submit your completed electronic application, along with a cover letter and
resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue
until the position is filled.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with
a strong commitment to cultural diversity.