The Assistant Cataloger is responsible for creating and maintaining metadata for library materials in a variety of formats and performing end-processing of materials. Primary responsibilities include copy cataloging, editing records, transcribing bibliographic data into new MARC records, and assigning DDC call numbers according to national and local standards. Secondary responsibilities include performing end processing on materials, performing inventory, and participating in broader library projects as needed.
This is a part-time position of 21 hours scheduled per week. There is some flexibility in the set schedule; evening and weekend hours may be available.
Reports to: Collections Management Librarian
FLSA status: Non-exempt
Job posted 9/25/2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send resume with cover letter and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Assistant Cataloger PT” in the subject line.
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
• Minimum one year of recent cataloging experience (within the last 3 years) in a library setting, including experience copy cataloging records from OCLC and using a local template to transcribe original bibliographic data using MARC21 and RDA rules
• Demonstrated ability to assign basic call numbers according to Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC)
• Basic knowledge of electronic and print cataloging, classification, cutter numbers, and authority control, as well as demonstrated knowledge of current library standards (DDC23, RDA, MARC21, LCSH)
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work both independently and collaboratively on teams to complete projects on a deadline
• Ability to work in a fast-paced, rapidly changing library environment
• A commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within Art Center’s diverse communities
• MLIS/MLS degree from an accredited college or university
• Experience cataloging visual and electronic resources
• Basic subject knowledge of art and design
Cataloging — 80%
• Assign call numbers with cutter numbers and create labels for material according to DDC23 and local standards, making call number corrections and minor bibliographic corrections according to local guidelines
• Perform copy cataloging for materials in both print and electronic formats in a variety of subject areas focusing on art and design through use of the library catalog (Millennium), a national library database (OCLC.org), local guidelines, and standards for classification and subject terminology (DDC, LCSH); transcribe bibliographic data in new records using local templates and the RDA standard
• Perform basic cleanup of subject and name authority records according to LCSH and local standards
• Edit metadata in existing records, making corrections as needed (such as call number corrections) and participating in record cleanup projects as assigned
Physical Processing — 15%
• Perform end-processing on outgoing library items (such as adding security stamps, library ownership stamps, and covering library materials) working alone and with student workers
• Retrieve, route and process incoming book donations; Route repair items as needed
Other Assignments — 5%
• Participate in inventory and other projects as assigned
Physical Demands and Working Environment
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environment: Work is performed primarily in a library setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; work spaces may change frequently due to space constraints; tasks will involve extended periods of time in front of a computer monitor and keyboard. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is exposure to dust and moderate noise.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office and library setting; to stand or walk for prolonged periods of time; including, bending, kneeling, crouching, reaching, squatting, and twisting; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight (10 to 50 pounds); dexterity to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination and to physically move, shelve, and process library materials; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.
Vision: Must be able to have the visual capacity to perform activities such as preparing and reading reports, viewing a computer terminal and other normal office work with or without correction.
Hearing: Must be able to communicate effectively in the course of normal office communication or exchange ideas with or without correction.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may be changed from time to time as necessary.
ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.