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Cataloging Associate

Cape Girardeau, MO

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The Cataloging unit is responsible for description and discovery of and access to library resources by university students, faculty, staff and guest users. Catalogers create and maintain bibliographic and local data records in OCLC and bibliographic, holdings and item records in the library’s management system for new, uncataloged or unclassified library materials. The Cataloging unit is also responsible for managing and maintaining the physical Federal Government Documents collection, authority work, physical processing of new materials, mending and book repair, leading materials deselection projects and problem resolution.
The Cataloging Associate will catalog library materials in multiple formats; including books, eBooks, government documents, reference titles, online and print journals, serials, streaming and physical videos, children’s books, teaching aids, models, archival materials, kits and more. This position will assign Library of Congress (LC) classification numbers to new materials, participate in Kent Library’s Dewey to LC reclassification project and lead classifying previously unclassified collections. Work includes cataloging of new and Special Collections & Archives materials as well as retrospective projects. The Associate will share responsibility for importing records sets into the library management system. This position has a key role in authority work.
Primary Responsibilities:
• Provide excellent, courteous, friendly user services
• Edit and/or create original cataloging records that accurately describe library materials in multiple formats; original records to be contributed to OCLC, a shared international bibliographic database
• Build Library of Congress Classification numbers to replace Dewey Decimal Classification numbers
• Assign Library of Congress Classification numbers to previously unclassified library collections
• Share responsibility for name, subject, title and series authority control work
• Edit large scale record sets and import records into the library management system
• Create and update OCLC local data records to ensure accurate serials holdings information is available for resource sharing activities
• Maintain currency with national, regional and local cataloging policies, standards and practices such as the Marc 21 Format for Bibliographic Data; RDA (Resource: Description and Access) and Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd edition (AACR2); Library of Congress Name Authorities; Library of Congress Subject Headings (LSCH); Library of Congress and Dewey classification systems; and the OCLC Bibliographic Formats and Standards
• Participate in training and other professional development opportunities to enhance job skills and gain expertise
• Lead materials relocation, deselection and inventory projects
• Serve on library and university committees
• Participate in special projects as requested
• Perform other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
• Minimum two years of work experience in a library (cataloging experience a plus)
• Experience using computers and computer software effectively in a work setting
• Experience, or familiarity, with a library management system
• Knowledge of either the Library of Congress or Dewey Decimal classification systems
• Evidence that indicates excellent attention to detail and the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in work
• Capacity to organize work effectively and strong analytical and problem-solving skills
• Ability to lead and/or participate in project planning, implementation and completion
• Demonstrated initiative, flexibility and ability to work well as a member of a group and individually
• Experience with Microsoft Office Word and Excel
• Evidence of effective interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
• Demonstrated commitment to a diverse work environment, including working with multicultural populations and an understanding of, and sensitivity to, issues affecting women and minorities
Application Deadline: To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by July 27, 2018. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled.
To Apply: Submit the following items online at ****• Letter of interest addressing position qualifications
• Current curriculum vitae
• Name and contact information of professional references may be asked for at a later date
Library Information: Information about Kent Library can be found at ****University Facts: Southeast Missouri State University is a comprehensive regional state university with five colleges, 11,000 students, and a faculty and staff of over 1,000. Southeast is a moderately selective institution, offers baccalaureate, masters and specialist degrees and participates in joint doctoral programs with the University of Missouri. Cape Girardeau, a historic city overlooking the Mississippi River, is the hub of a thriving county with a population of approximately 71,000. Serving a region of more than 500,000 people, it is the largest center for retail, medical, manufacturing, communications and cultural activities between St. Louis and Memphis.
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