Department: NU Library Metadata Services Salary/Grade: NEX/10
This position is responsible for supporting the serials metadata needs of the library. This position performs copy cataloging and recataloging for all types of serials with a focus on materials from the Herskovits Library of African Studies and Transportation Library collections. Performs some original cataloging. Performs basic name authority work and initiates series authority work. Contributes to work on routine problem solving, maintenance work on holdings records, and special projects as necessary.
Work requires the ability to lift a minimum of 25 pounds.
Work requires the ability to push and pull full book trucks.
Performs copy cataloging in OCLC and Alma, for serials at varying levels of difficulty, in print, microform, and electronic formats, in all subject areas.
Performs original cataloging in OCLC and Alma, for serials, in print, microform, and electronic formats, focused on Transportation and Herskovits collections.
Recatalogs materials by revising existing local records to reflect changes in the publication or local holdings, or to correct information
Cataloging tasks for original, copy, and recataloging include:
Adds new bibliographic, holdings, and item records to Alma
Assigns call numbers using Library of Congress Classification, Library of Congress Classification and Shelflisting Manual, and/or local schemas
Follows standards and guidelines found in RDA, LC-PCC Policy Statements, CONSER Editing Guide, CONSER Cataloging Manual, Subject Cataloging Manual, and local documentation
Resolves cataloging problems that require decision-making and good judgment.
Verifies name, series, genre, and subject headings against authority file.
Prepares preliminary name and series authority records for review to national authority file; suggests subject headings as appropriate
Participates in special metadata projects as appropriate, including but not limited to monograph cataloging, cataloging of hidden collections, recataloging of library holdings; or ensuring accuracy of library holdings in external databases
Participates in departmental meetings and discussions
May participate on library-wide committees and task forces
Assists other staff with serials-related questions as needed and communicates with library staff regarding serials cataloging workflows
Assists in maintaining local documentation as requested
Performs related duties as required or assigned.
A high school diploma or equivalent required.
One year of experience in cataloging, metadata, or data entry
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Language: Reading knowledge of French and the ability to work with unfamiliar languages with the help of a dictionary.
Computer Proficiency: Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Highly skilled in database management, record keeping and email. Adapts to new technology and uses computers to improve productivity.
Communication: Communicates well both verbally and in writing, creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills.
Dependability: Meets commitments, works independently, accepts accountability, handles change, sets personal standards, stays focused under pressure, and meets attendance/punctuality requirements.
Quality: Is attentive to detail and accuracy committed to excellence, looks for improvements continuously, monitors quality levels, finds root cause of quality problems, owns/acts on quality problems. Achieves a high standard of excellence independently with work processes and outcomes
Adaptability: Works effectively in an environment in which the parameters may change daily; adjusts behavior to meet the needs of different people and situations.
Collegiality: Being helpful, respectful, approachable and team-oriented, building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
Productivity: Manages a fair workload, volunteers for additional work, prioritizes tasks, develops good work procedures, manages time well, and handles information flow.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Experience with a library service platform or integrated library system, preferably Alma and OCLC.
Experience working with serial publications.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 35959
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.