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Thursday, October 11, 2018

P/T - Cataloger, Brooklyn Historical Soc (NY)

Cataloger (Part-Time)

Brooklyn Historical Society seeks a part-time cataloger to create original and enhanced item-level MARC catalog records for our collection of printed materials in the integrated library system Aleph, an Ex-Libris product. The cataloger will be responsible for surveying relevant materials in the cataloging backlog, evaluating materials for weeding, rehousing, enhancing records, managing the physical location and storage of collections across multiple storage facilities, contribute to grant and board reports, and supporting other library-related activities. In addition, the cataloger will complete preservation and minimal conservation duties or supervise others to complete this work, participate in occasional public programs, and strategic planning, special projects, and other outreach activities for the Library & Archives. The cataloger will be responsible for maintaining the highest possible level of quality in cataloging practice for special collections consistent with BHS's and NYU's cataloging standards and the standards and policies of the Library of Congress and the OCLC bibliographic utility. As such, the cataloger will be asked to act as liaison with NYU Technical Services regarding our MARC records in NYU's system. The Cataloger reports directly to the Managing Director of Library & Archives to determine project workflows and priorities and establishing BHS’s cataloging manual that serves as both a training and reference tool.

The cataloger will focus on two major initiatives currently in progress: Portal to the Past: Creating Brooklyn Historical Society's Digital Map Collection is a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and will increase public access to the institution’s extensive collection of flat and folded maps through conservation, digitization, record enhancement, and the creation of a web-based portal. The project continues through September 2019 and the cataloger is responsible for supervising a part-time Map Assistant who will enhance MARC records with GIS and prepare maps for conservation and digitization. The cataloger will contribute to the creation of the map portal.

Revealing Long Island History is a project funded by the Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation to exponentially increase public access to the institution’s vast collection of Long Island materials through processing, cataloging, conservation, digitization, and the creation of a web-based Long Island History Portal. The project continues through October 2020 and the cataloger is responsible for cataloging materials that fall within the scope of the project.

Required Qualifications:

• ALA-accredited MLS
• 1 - 2 years professional cataloging experience
• Demonstrated experience with RDA, AACR2, MARC21, LC Classification, LCSH, LCRIs
• Cataloging components of OCLC, and local integrated online library systems;
• Authority control
• Ability to work independently
• Strong organization and time-management skills; attention to accuracy and detail is essential
• Ability to work in library stacks in cold temperatures (60-65 degrees Fahrenheit) for up to an eight-hour workday, five days a week

Preferred Qualifications:

• 3-4 years post-MLS cataloging experience
• Experience cataloging cartographic materials
• Experience handling and cataloging historic periodicals
• Knowledge of DCRM(B)
• Experience using Ex Libris’ integrated library system, Aleph.


Position is 2-3 days/week at an hourly rate of $25-30/hour dependent on experience and qualifications. Position term begins November 1, 2018 through September 2019 with the possibility of extension. Benefits include sick leave and 401k contribution totaling 3% after 12 months and 1000 hours of continuous employment.

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to The subject line of the email should read: [last name] – Cataloger. Applications will be reviewed immediately. No phone calls please.

About the BHS and the Othmer Library:

BHS' Othmer Library and archives house the most comprehensive collection of Brooklyn-related materials in the world. In 1993, the U.S. Department of Education designated the Othmer Library as a “major research library” under Title II-C of the Higher Education Act. Today the collection includes more than 100,000 books and pamphlets, 60,000 photographs and prints, 2,000 feet of archival collections, and more than 2,000 maps and atlases. These materials include family histories, rare books, periodicals, serials, journals, personal papers, institutional records, and oral histories that document Brooklyn's many different ethnic groups and neighborhoods.

We draw from these holdings to create interpretive exhibitions that prompt students, scholars and members of the general public to reconsider the fundamental facts of history in light of primary source documents and artifacts. BHS serves almost 80,000 people annually by providing opportunities for civic dialogue and community engagement for children and adults through exhibit tours, public programming, research opportunities, educational programs for New York City students, and professional development workshops and written curricula for teachers.

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