Position Title:Cataloging Librarian
Reports To:Head of Technical Services
Purpose of Position
Responsible for coordinating catalog department in the cataloging, classifying, accessioning, linking and labeling of library materials so that they are accessible to library patrons.
- Catalogs and classifies monographic materials of all classes (print, non-print, and microform), using AACR2 rules and Library of Congress (LC) schedules.
- Catalogs and classifies non-state-adopted materials, print or non print, for the Curriculum Library, using Dewey classification schedule. Also supervises the cataloging for Juvenile and Youth Collection, which is also classified in Dewey. Also, cooperatively with the serials librarian, catalogs and classifies state-adopted materials and supervises the processing of those materials.
- Catalogs all TAMU-C theses, honors theses, dissertations, some student papers, oral history interviews, manuscripts and maps.
- Does original cataloging, prepares workforms for input into the On-line Computer Library Center (OCLC) system with proper fixed fields, tags, indicators and delimiters. Revises workforms before producing shelf list cards on OCLC and exporting records to the library’s integrated system.
- Responsible for name and subject authority control. With the assistance of a clerk, makes necessary changes in order to conform with LC practice. Reviews all new subject headings accepted by the library.
- Searches tagged shelf lists in OCLC for retrospective conversion. Prepares work forms for input if no records are found.
- Establishes and maintains policies and procedures for the operation of the Catalog Department.
- Aids in problem solving with regard to the cataloging and authority subsystems of the Library system. Solves problems in records and in Library Systems.
- Directs OCLC operators regarding choice of records, modifications, call numbers, subject headings, cataloging rules, and local practice.
- Coordinates, supervises, and participates in the maintenance of the database created by the cataloging module of the library system. This involves authority control, selection of cross references, and verification of correctly linked records.
- Supervises physical processing of all monographic materials in all formats. This includes stamping, stripping, marking, labeling, and sending materials to their final destination in the collection.
- Attends meetings, participates in special projects and serves on committees relating to the library, the university and consortia.
- Serves as member of Library Executive Council.
- Maintains professional expertise appropriate to meet service and planning requirements in area assigned..
Contributes to the effective team management of all relevant problems, issues and opportunities.
This job description shall include, but is not necessarily limited to, the above duties. May temporarily perform other duties assigned to maintain operations and services.
Marginal Functions will vary with the specific assignment and depend on the particular unit or function for which the person is responsible. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis and reassignment of marginal duties will be made when appropriate.
Knowledge & Skill Requirements
Requires MLS from an ALA-accredited program. Must be familiar with OCLC or a similar bibliographic utility, with LC and Dewey classification systems, with accepted standards such as AACR2 and MARC, and with microcomputer applications. Good organization and communication skills are essential, as well as the ability to attend to detail. Supervisory and training skills are helpful.
Supervision of Personnel
Supervises one (1) library assistant II, one (1) library assistant I, one (1) one-half-time library assistant I, and two to four (2-4) student workers.