Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Library Associate I for Rutgers Libraries- Technical and Automated Services. The Library Associate I handles a complexity of materials and projects coordinated by Monographs Cataloging and Database Management Section. As the Libraries continue to purchase monographs in various formats, it is vitally important to have on staff a competent and motivated Associate to catalog such materials at a high level, providing the resource description necessary to enable discovery and fulfill the end user experience. While the incumbent will continue to catalog monographs, the focus will widen to accommodate retrospective conversion as the Section expects to assume several projects in the coming year. As the cataloging needs of units continues to receive prioritization adjustment as per the needs of Rutgers Libraries and its various constituent groups, the Section will be called upon to retrospectively convert materials which were otherwise undiscoverable Retrospective conversion projects are critical to address the many minimal bibliographic records that require upgrading to full level records, particularly to leverage the capabilities of a new library system. Additionally, the Libraries continue to accept gifts, many from high profile donors, which need cataloging, often original and frequently in foreign languages.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Examines complex data within the library ILS and other systems and correct errors as needed.
Processes recalls for the unit libraries, which are time sensitive and related to course reserves, and faculty and patron requests.
Manages projects to address these needs as well as provide ongoing cataloging for critical collections.
Original, complex and copy cataloging of monographs, including regular acquisitions and gifts in a variety of languages
Oversees retrospective conversion projects and database management tasks; processes error reports, merges records, and reconciles bibliographic errors.
Handles cataloging of medical resources, academic theses, and government documents.
Attend meetings, complete RU/RUL training, assist with end processing as needed, and other projects as assigned.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Requires a bachelor's degree two years of cataloging experience; or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must have the necessary expertise and skill level to comprehend error reports (machine generated or user driven)
Reading knowledge of one foreign language
Strong command of Library of Congress Subject Headings and Classification
Experience using an integrated library system
Familiarity with MARC21 bibliographic formats and RDA guidelines.
Good oral and written communication skills
Ability to work independently and apply appropriate judgement
Ability to take direction and function as a member of a team
Three or more years of cataloging experience
Working knowledge of SuDocs classification
Working knowledge of MeSH subject headings and NLM classification
Familiarity with non-MARC metadata schema such as MODS or Dublin Core
Experience working in an academic library setting
Reading knowledge of Slavic languages
Sirsi Symphony ILS
Ex Libris Alma/Primo
OCLC Connexion Client
Cataloging applications as needed
Other basic office applications as needed
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
May be asked to handle fragile or dusty materials.
May have to push book trucks packed with materials, which can be heavy.
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