The Syracuse University Libraries wish to hire a Temporary Rare Book Cataloging Librarian.

Job Description

Under the direction of the Head of Acquisitions and Cataloging, the Temporary Rare Book Cataloging Librarian will assist in original and copy cataloging and processing projects for the Special Collections Research Center of the Syracuse University Libraries. The Temp. Librarian will have experience with MARC format, RDA, LCSH, other LC vocabularies as needed, LC Classification, and other relevant standards. Position requires knowledge of OCLC Connexion and the Voyager Cataloging Module. Additional projects will require experience with Excel and Google Sheets.

Temporary Librarian will need to possess a keen attention to detail as well as a good sense of judgment and time management skills. Working knowledge of German is necessary.


· Master’s degree in Library or Information Science (ALA accredited), or equivalent combination of education and experience.

· 2 years of rare book cataloging experience.

· Working knowledge of German.

Job Specific Qualifications

· Significant and substantial background in the Humanities.

· Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

· Familiarity with RDA, LCSH, the MARC format, and other relevant standards.

· Knowledge of bibliographic utility such as OCLC Connexion.

· Knowledge of library and standard office software programs.

· Familiarity with LC classification.


· Provides original and copy cataloging of rare book materials.

· Ensures that work adheres to both local and national guidelines and standards, keeping abreast of developments in RDA, the MARC format, and other standards as applicable.

· Stays current with emerging standards and trends in rare book cataloging.

· Assists with inventory and processing projects for Special Collections as needed.

· Engages in activities that contribute to the advancement of the Libraries, the university, and the library profession including, for example, actively participating on a team, committee, or special project; chairing or organizing a workshop, conference, or other professional events; teaching (excluding library instruction sessions or other teaching activities that are explicit job duties); professional consulting; conference discussant, publishing; conducting research that results in a publication or conference presentation.

· Maintains awareness of professional developments, issues, and practices through research and activities that increase one’s knowledge and abilities, and that positively impact one’s performance and service contributions. Examples of activities include participation in a workshop, webinar or conference that result in the acquisition of new knowledge or skills; completion of a credit course pertaining to the employee’s position; completion of an internship or other practical training.

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Post expires on Wednesday April 25th, 2018