JUDAICA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS CATALOGING LIBRARIAN

Duties: The Judaica Special Collections Cataloging Librarian will be responsible for original and complex cataloging of all rare Judaica materials, including all printed formats, codex and single-item manuscripts, archives and digital collections, held in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts and at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. The Judaica Special Collections Cataloging Librarian reports to the Director of the Special Collections Processing Center in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. This person will also communicate regularly with the Schottenstein-Jesselson Curator of Judaica Collections concerning a variety of collection-related responsibilities. In addition to cataloging all rare Judaica materials, the position will also accession these materials, independently define policies and best practices for the cataloging and processing of rare Judaica; independently establish cataloging priorities and workflows; and independently develop and implement special projects. This person will play a central role in division-wide strategic planning, and will work in collaboration with other divisions of the Library to develop innovative methods of describing and disseminating library material, reflecting the newest developments in the field. The Judaica Special Collections Cataloging Librarian will be expected to make innovative contributions to collections processing writ large, and represent Penn Libraries at national and international levels to report on and seek out innovative collaborative cataloging and digitization projects.

Qualifications: 1) Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library science program and 3 to 5 years of related experience, or equivalent combination of experience and graduate education in a subject-related field, are required.
2) Strong knowledge of the Hebrew, Yiddish, German and Latin languages, including rules for Romanization, as prescribed by the ALA-LC transliteration scheme for Hebrew.
3) Demonstrated progressively-responsible experience cataloging rare materials in Hebrew and Yiddish
4) Thorough knowledge of MARC21, AACR2, Library of Congress Rule Interpretations, Library of Congress Subject Headings and Classification and, if implemented, Resource Description & Access (RDA), EAD, and AT.
5) Experience with bibliographic utilities, such as OCLC, and network-based tools, such as Cataloger's Desktop and Classification Web.
6) Facility in the use of computer applications.
7) Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing effective work routines and procedures.
8) Ability to work both independently and with others in a dynamic and collaborative work environment.
9) Strong oral and written communication skills, with an excellent knowledge of English, including ability to understand, interpret and write complex documentation.

Preferred:
1) Minimum of three years' experience in original cataloging.
2) Supervisory experience, including supervision of non-professional staff.
3) Reading knowledge of other languages.
4) Familiarity with non-MARC metadata schemas.

Reference Number: 50-29075

Salary Grade: 027

Employment Type: Exempt

Org: Special Collections Library

Special Requirements: Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

Job Family: N-Museum/Library/Archival

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