Cataloging Librarian

George Washington University
October 02, 2023
Offerd Salary:Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience.
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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Recruitment Plan


Posting Number: F002291

Academic Title: Cataloging Librarian Rank: Open Rank Administrative Title: Discipline Law Specialty: Cataloging Contract Type: Librarian Required Licenses/Certifications and other Specific Requirements: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Proposed Start Date: 10/15/2023 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full time -> FTE 1.00 Position Description Summary:

Established in 1865, the George Washington University Law School is the oldest law school in the nation's capital. The Law School is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. GW Law is an urban campus located in downtown DC's Foggy Bottom neighborhood, near to a vibrant mix of museums, restaurants, government and international organizations, the White House, and more. Additional information about the Law School can be found at https: // www.

The Jacob Burns Law Library at the George Washington University Law School is accepting applications for a cataloging librarian position to begin as early as October 15, 2023. As a member of the library's collaborative Resource Management Services team, the individual in this position provides bibliographic metadata for resources in the library collection to facilitate their discovery in support of the study and research needs of the GW Law community.

The Law Library supports the curricular and teaching requirements of the Law School, the research and publication needs of the law faculty, and the study and research needs of the law students; and provides to the scholarly community at large access to a research collection of material about the law and its history. Additional information about the Law Library can be found at, https: // www.

Please note that initially the librarian in this position will be required to work at the university's Foggy Bottom campus in Washington, DC; the ability to work remotely in the future will be assessed and determined by the supervisor in accordance with Law School and University policies.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Performs original descriptive and subject cataloging of monographs, integrating resources, and serials, including recent, older, and rare legal resources in English and in a variety of other languages
  • Uses standard cataloging and classification practices and resources, including but not limited to: RDA, LC-PCC policy statements, DCRM, LCSH, LC classification schedules, MARC formats, OCLC Connexion, and emerging metadata standards, such as BIBFRAME
  • Creates, enhances, and edits OCLC master bibliographic records
  • Creates, enhances, and edits name and title authority records as part of participation in NACO
  • Creates and edits shared bibliographic metadata in accordance with the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) metadata policies and procedures
  • Creates holdings and item records for cataloged materials
  • Reconciles cataloging problems, including maintenance of catalog records and special projects
  • Participates in formulating local and consortial policies and procedures
  • Compiles monthly cataloging statistics
  • Participates in university, law school, library, and/or professional association activities
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in library or information science (e.g., MLS) from an ALA-accredited institution or completion of degree requirements by the time of appointment, and
  • Reading knowledge of one or more non-English, European languages
  • Advertised Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience. Other Benefits: Other Information:

    Preferred qualifications:

  • A minimum of one year of post-graduate degree experience in cataloging and metadata
  • Experience working with legal materials
  • Experience with OCLC and an integrated library system, preferably Alma by Ex Libris
  • NACO credentials
  • Demonstrated superior customer service skills
  • Writing skills and oral communication skills that demonstrate the ability to convey information clearly and accurately with customers, colleagues, and supervisors
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated attentiveness to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Please complete an online application to include uploading a resume and cover letter and providing contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin October 2, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

    Department Link: https: // www. Posting Close Date: Open Until Filled: Yes Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

    The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Names and Contact Information for References
  • Optional Documents

    Posting Specific Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Do you have a graduate degree in library or information science (e.g., MLS) from an ALA-accredited institution or will you have completed degree requirements by the time of appointment?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Do you have reading knowledge of one or more non-English, European languages?
  • Yes
  • No
  • How did you learn of this employment opportunity?
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • How would you proceed in cataloging a book written in a language with which you are not familiar and for which there is no OCLC record?
  • (Open Ended Question)

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