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Poetry Cataloging Specialist Rare Books

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Princeton University


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Position Summary: Princeton University Library seeks a professional rare book cataloger to create new records and enhance older ones in the field of poetry, chiefly in English. The scope of materials ranges from early printed books to the twenty-first century. Initial work will focus on the backlog of concrete and visual poetry from US and UK during chiefly the 20th century. Also within scope of work will be improving cataloging of existing poetry holdings by noting provenance, reader's interventions with the text, and providing specialized terms making access more efficient for scholarship and teaching. In general, responsibilities include original and copy cataloging for new acquisitions, correcting and adding bibliographic data to older records, and providing additional copy-specific notes. NACO name authority work is also included. This position is part of the Rare Books Cataloging Team, whose members apply current professional standards to achieve sound intellectual control of special collections. It reports to the Library's Head of Technical Services for Special Collections. Princeton is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their service to the Library, to the diversity and excellence of our academic community. This is a two year term position with possibility of extension contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued funding. Essential Qualifications: Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent combination of other advanced degree and applicable professional-level experience in a research library setting. Experience describing printed special collections resources applying current standards such as RDA and LCSH, including original MARC-format catalog records. Grounding in cataloging principles and familiarity with current developments in resource description, along with flexibility and adaptability in the context of conceptual and technological change. Ability to work effectively with curatorial staff. Preferred Qualifications: Use of rare book cataloging tools such as the DCRM manuals and RBMS Controlled Vocabularies. Technical services use of Voyager and OCLC. Familiarity with AACR2 and earlier cataloging codes. Educational background in English literature. Knowledge of French and Latin are desirable. The successful candidate will be appointed as an Associate Professional Specialist or more senior depending upon qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted only from the AHire website: and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.


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