Project Cataloger and E-Resource Librarian - The NY Botanical Gardens

Job Information


The Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden collects and preserves works of merit in botany, horticulture, and landscape design.  The skilled staff of the Mertz Library serves as an invaluable resource by providing high-quality resources and services to meet the needs of the Garden’s research staff, botanists, horticulturists and graduate students as well as scientific, scholarly, and artistic communities worldwide.  The Library is open to the public and supports diverse research, instructional, and outreach programs and develops strategic partnerships that advance research and promote new methods of providing access to an ever-expanding variety of information resources.


The Project Cataloger and E-Resources Librarian will perform original and complex copy cataloging including descriptive and subject cataloging and the associate authority work for diverse kinds of materials across disciplines including print, media, digital resources, and other non-print formats.  Under the direction of the Collection Development/Technical Services Librarian, he/she will manage licensed electronic resources and the ERMS tool.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Perform original and complex copy cataloging for print and non-print materials held in special collections, as well as assist with cataloging the regular new acquisition workflow made up of materials in multiple formats, languages, and time periods
  • Work with other library staff to establish cataloging priorities and projects to describe special collections materials
  • Maintain the library’s ERMS with current links, IP addresses, proxy URL, vendor contacts and logins. Initiate SUSHI protocols where available, collect use statistics; maintain the library holdings in the knowledge-base for OCLC Worldcat Discovery service
  • Perform various functions related to the Mertz Library’s participation in the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), a digital library
  • Participate in the development and evaluation of departmental policies and cataloging procedures, assist in maintain statistics and managing workflows
  • Stay current with national and international trends in bibliographic control and cataloging standards, especially as they relate to special collections materials
  • Assist in maintaining the quality and integrity of the library catalog by resolving problems to ensure bibliographic, holdings, and authority records meet local and national standards



Job Requirements


Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library science program
Experience in a research library environment, including at least one year of experience in MARC cataloging
Experience with OCLC Connexion and a library ILS such as Innovative Interfaces Sierra
Knowledge of resources description data standards including but not limited to: RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LC Classification, and MARC. Familiarity with other non-MARC standards such as EAD/DACS, VRA/CCO. Understanding of authority control and familiarity with tools used for controlled vocabularies
Awareness of emerging best practices related to BIBframe, linked open data, and other non-MARC metadata formats
Reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages, and comfort and willingness to work on non-English materials using translation tools and resources
Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as analytical, time-management and problem-solving skills
Excellent project management skills and willingness to take a leadership role in cataloging projects
Flexibility and adaptability, willingness to embrace change and create innovative solutions in resources description
Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues in the Library and throughout the Garden
Archival collections processing experience a plus

Contact Information

Phone: None
Contact Method

Email Cover letter and Resume to HR@NYBG.ORG

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