Rare Book Cataloger - NYU

Job Information


Knowledge Access and Resources Management Services (KARMS) in the NYU Division of Libraries is seeking a Rare Book Cataloger for the Fales Library & Special Collections. Reporting to the Head, Metadata Production & Management, KARMS, the Rare Book Cataloger works collaboratively with the Librarian for Printed Books in Fales, as well as many levels of staff in KARMS, to enable users to discover and gain access to the unique Fales collections.  This is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position with an appointment term of two years.  Under the supervision of the Project and Production Cataloger, Special Collections, the successful candidate will:

  • Perform original cataloging for library materials in accord with international standards and local policies
  • Meet production benchmarks appropriate to the types of materials being cataloged as well as  KARMS productivity norms

New York University Libraries: Libraries at New York University serve the school's 40,000 students and faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes.  New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the Digital Library Federation.  The Libraries also serve as the administrative headquarters of the Research Library Association of South Manhattan, a consortium that includes The New School and The Cooper Union. The New-York Historical Society, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and the New York School of Interior Design also participate in the use of the ILS. View NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan. 

Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services facilitates the teaching, learning, and research endeavors of the Libraries' user communities through processes and services in program areas that include library acquisitions, serials and electronic resource management, knowledge access design and development, archival collections management, and metadata production and management.  In collaboration with our colleagues in Collections and Research Services, Public Services, Libraries IT Services, and Digital Library Technology Services, KARMS has primary leadership responsibility for knowledge access via the Libraries' dynamic, integrated discovery and access systems.  In addition to serving NYU's central libraries, institute libraries, and global sites, KARMS provides selected services to Research Library Association of South Manhattan member libraries and other affiliated libraries.     

The Fales Library & Special Collections, one of three special collections at New York University, comprises over 350,000 volumes of books and other printed materials; more than 11,000 linear feet of archives, and over 100,000 individual and unique media elements. Major collections in the Fales Library & Special Collections include the Fales Library of English and American Literature, the Downtown New York Collection, the Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection, the Riot Grrrl Collection, and the general Special Collections of NYU.

Salary/Benefits: Attractive benefits package including five weeks annual vacation. Salary is commensurate with experience and background. This is a two year, non-tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Librarian of Practice.

Job Requirements


Required Education & Experience
• Minimum of three years technical services experience in an academic library, i.e., cataloging in an ILS or OCLC’s Connexion, selecting records via the Z39.50 protocol, ensuring quality control by using the Library of Congress’ suite of online cataloging resources such as the Name Authority File, the Subject Authority File, Cataloger’s Desktop, and ClassWeb
• Strong original cataloging skills, especially those necessary to process rare book materials including 17th and 18th century first editions, private press books, and literary manuscripts.
• Proven analytical, organizational, planning, and time-management skills
• Ability to work flexibly and creatively in a rapidly changing environment
• Bibliographic knowledge of classical and major Western European languages, e.g., Latin, French, German, Italian
• Knowledge of international cataloging and metadata standards, e.g., AACR2R, DCRM(B), RDA, FRBR, MARC21, LCSH, LCC, EAD
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
• Awareness of current trends in providing intellectual access to library resources and related emerging technologies
• Strong service orientation and knowledge of user needs/skill levels

Preferred Education & Experience
• Experience with one or more of the suite of Ex Libris products, e.g. (Primo, Aleph, Metalib, SFX)
• Familiarity with basic acquisitions procedures, such as ordering, receiving, and batch loading
• Knowledge of descriptive bibliography and the history of the printed book in England and America
• Proficiency in cataloging a wide range of rare materials, including modern first editions, artist’s books, graphic novels, and “‘zines.”

Education Required

MLS from an ALA-accredited program

Contact Information

Phone: None
Contact Method

To Apply: To ensure consideration, send CV and letter of application, including the name, address and telephone number of three references to: Enrique Yanez, Director, Human Resources, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via email to libraries.careers@nyu.edu. Please include where you heard about this position. The search will remain open until the job is filled.

NYU’s Division of Libraries embraces diversity and is committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity