DEPARTMENT: LIBRARY – Technical Services
REPORTS TO: Receives direct supervision from the Systems and Services -Librarian III and general supervision from the Library Director
CLASSIFICATION STATUS: Full Time, Exempt
SALARY: $19.53 hourly
LIBRARIAN I – CATALOGING
The successful candidate must provide effective organization, processing, and preservation of the library’s physical, digital, and digitized collections. This librarian will perform original and complex copy cataloging, authority work, and processing a diverse range of materials in all formats to facilitate their identification, access, and use; oversee the quality of control of previously cataloged content, and carry out cataloging and processing activities.
The Cataloging Librarian will be accountable for utilizing discovery services that are clear and concise for staff and intuitive and findable for library members. The person in this position will serve as a member of the library’s administrative team and is expected to enthusiastically join in the entire staff’s commitment to delivering superior library experiences to all library members. This librarian must take initiative, work effectively in a collaborative team environment, be committed to innovation, and be receptive to following a supervisor’s directives.
Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Understands and can perform all jobs related to library technical services, including but not limited to receiving, cataloging, and classifying library materials; maintaining an accurate, up-to-date database of library holdings; and physically processing items being added to, and withdrawn from, the collection
- Ensures access to the collection by maintaining consistency in the cataloging, classification, and physical processing of materials and carrying out revisions to existing records
- Creates MARC bibliographic records and assigns appropriate classification, including authority control of database access points, when existing metadata cannot be found
- Familiarity with authority control principles, digital platforms, and discovery tools
- Demonstrates flexibility operating between traditional MARC-based systems and original cataloging for special collections such as fine art, tools, laptops, and DIY/STEM Kits
- Executes reports and performs scheduled database maintenance to ensure accurate and detailed cataloging. Update bibliographic records in the local catalog that may include correcting or adding indicators and subfields; updating obsolete MARC fields; correcting or adding subject headings, and adding digitization information when appropriate
- Reviews and revises existing authority records. Imports new authority records and creates new local authorities, as needed
- Provides cataloging and bibliographic assistance to paraprofessional Library staff by responding to questions, training staff, and creating documentation to support new work processes or services
- Provides internal and external customer service through both active and responsive classification of library materials. Provides collection analysis support to all levels of library staff through the creation of reports using the ILS system
- Uses MARC bibliographic records according to nationally accepted technical standards and participates in related bibliographic activities
- Coordinates acquisitions, processing, and cataloging operations with other library services and contributes to collection development activities including collection analysis, material recommendations, and deselection processes
- Participates in outreach to educational, civic, and community groups to promote library services; provides the content to support related marketing activities
- Takes initiative, works accurately and follows through effectively and efficiently with all issues and tasks, whether working independently and collaboratively
- Serves on system-wide teams and easily adapts to changing standards and the evolving expectations of a dynamic working environment
- Demonstrates excellent oral, written, and organization skills, including the ability to develop clear written procedures and to assist with staff training and project management
- Provides support of all membership functions including processing holds, circulating resources, issuing library cards, shelving, fulfilling Interlibrary Loans and reserves
- Achieves and sustains excellence in customer service through training, directing, modeling, and motivating staff to ensure a friendly, customer-centered focus
- Supports the overall mission of the library by providing customer service in a manner that creates a positive customer experience
- Maintains current awareness of industry best practices, national and regional trends, and local service-related issues, especially in areas of responsibility
- Participates in library and city projects, committees, and activities
This position reports to the Librarian III and is responsible for conveying and carrying out the Library’s Mission and Vision Statements, Objectives and Customer Service Program.
The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the major tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. Specific tasks on a day-to-day basis will reflect the overall areas of expertise for this position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Excellent customer service, Critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills
- Understands the latest professional cataloging and classification rules, plus library processing conventions
- Ability to interact courteously and effectively with the public, with the library’s business contacts, and with other staff
- Ability to organize multiple projects and work efficiently and with exceptional accuracy.
- Self-motivated and able to work independently
- Knowledge of library automation systems, applications, and current trends
- Ability to understand and implement library policy and procedures
- Ability to comprehend and apply technical library theory and confidentiality practices
- Knowledge of cataloging principles, i.e. MARC records, authority control, DD classification, etc.
- Experience using the cataloging module of an integrated library system and cataloging interfaces
TRAINING, CERTIFICATIONS, AND EXPERIENCE:
A Master’s Degree in Library Science or current enrollment (MLS, MALS, MLIS) in a graduate library program accredited by the American Library Association and at least two years of previous customer service experience and library cataloging is required. EOE/DFWP
Must be able to work nights and weekends. Meet FEMA requirement for NIMS certification. Possess a valid Florida driver’s license. Every New Port Richey employee is required to fill out a Disaster Response Survey and is subject to being required to report to work during a declared disaster.
Requires sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time and routine keyboard operations. The job risks exposure to no significant environmental hazards. The job requires normal visual acuity, and field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, sense of smell, depth perception, and texture perception. Ability to stand and sit for periods longer than 30 minutes but not to exceed four hours consecutively. Ability to climb stairs and ladders occasionally. Ability to lift boxes not exceeding 25 pounds occasionally.
Ability to hear, speak and understand conversation in English in various tones of voice. Adept at listening to and understanding others from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Ability to see, read, and comprehends letters, numbers, words, characters or symbols, which are both large and small. Ability to print and draw letters, numbers, words, characters and symbols which are legible and understood by others. Ability to learn complex tasks and remember how to complete tasks without assistance once trained.
Administrative and other work is performed under typical office conditions and in every room of the Library where operations are conducted. The noise level in the work environment is usually (moderate but may be noisy in open locations and programming areas.) By the very nature of public libraries, it is very busy, with shifting demands from the varied public. Ability to deal with stress related to routine deadlines and occupational problems, which demand immediate attention. Necessity to multi-task successfully. Ability to accept decisions made by others that may be in opposition of own views.
Applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 727-853-1043 or sent/dropped off to 5919 Main St., New Port Richey, FL 34652. EOE/DFWP
The City of New Port Richey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of New Port Richey provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
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