Cataloguing Technician

University of Alberta
Full Time
Edmonton, AB
$50,425–$68,486 a year
Posted 2 days ago
Job description
LM Cataloguing&MetadataStrat Competition No. - S101749174 Posting Date - Dec 13, 2022 Closing Date - Jan 06, 2023 Position Type - Full Time - Operating Funded Salary Range - $50,425 to $68,486 per year Grade - 08 Hours - 35 This position is part of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA). This position has a term length of one year plus a day and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed on our Benefits Overview page. Location: This role primarily takes place at North Campus Edmonton. Department/Faculty Summary The University of Alberta Library seeks a full time Special Collections Cataloguing Technician with strong technical and analytical skills and customer service orientation to join our team in Cataloguing Strategies. Reporting to the Cataloguing and Processing Operations Supervisor, the Cataloguing Technician is responsible for ensuring proper resource description for material for Bruce Peel Special Collections in a range of formats (with an emphasis on monographs). Descriptive cataloguing and assignment of access points is carried out in accordance with Resource Description and Access (RDA), Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and Classification (LCC), and other standards as required. This is a specialized position contributing to the stewardship of this world-class collection of rare materials, requiring independent research, judgement, and contact with various individuals and teams within the Library and occasionally beyond. Duties Describes a variety of library resources for Bruce Peel Special Collections (with an emphasis on monographs) based on both international and local standards for resource description in general, and for rare materials in specific Performs original cataloguing where necessary (i.e. no derivation is possible) Searches for cataloguing copy and downloads it to the system, verifying its accuracy and enhancing it as required to more fully reflect the resource being catalogued and/or to conform to current cataloguing practice Further enhances records in accordance with local specifications for describing rare materials, including providing additional access points, subject headings, and copy-specific information Verifies that access points are correct by searching sites such as the Library of Congress authority records database Verifies that subject headings and classification are appropriate for the resource; assigns appropriate subject headings and/or classification if lacking Creates call number/item records in the library database using standard abbreviations for volume designations in accordance with local procedures In collaboration with BPSC staff, completes targeted cataloguing projects in support of upcoming exhibitions and valuable donor relationships Edits resource descriptions in library systems to correct errors as reported or encountered in the course of everyday work Acts as a resource person within the cataloguing unit with respect to special collections cataloguing and fosters effective workflows across the unit Under the direction of the Supervisor, Cataloguing & Processing Operations, and in consultation with other staff in Cataloguing Strategies, works with cataloguing vendors on provision of metadata to meet BPSC needs Assists with oversight of the accuracy of vendor-supplied records and resolves reported errors Assists with monitoring vendor services directly and in conjunction with other staff Develops and maintains procedures and files to support the above activities Qualifications Two years’ post-secondary education is required - minimum suggested education of Library Technician or Library Information Technology diploma with coursework in cataloguing/metadata; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered Strong written, verbal, and technical skills are required, with a demonstrated ability to clearly describe and respond to complex situations Familiarity with descriptive cataloguing practice according to Resource Description and Access (RDA) is required; demonstrated experience is preferred Familiarity with subject cataloguing using Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and classification according to the Library of Congress classification (LCC) schedules is required; demonstrated experience is preferred Familiarity with the MARC 21 encoding standard is required; demonstrated experience is preferred Two years’ related experience in Google Workspace (especially Gmail, Calendar, and Drive), Microsoft Office (especially Word and Excel), and web browsers and applications is preferred Experience with an integrated library system (such as SirsiDynix Symphony) and library database applications (such as OCLC Connexion) is preferred Familiarity with past cataloguing standards and practices, such as Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2), is an asset Familiarity with Canadian Subject Headings (CSH) and Répértoire de vedettes-matiére (RVM) is an asset How to Apply Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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