Image Cataloging and Technical Assistant

Req Number: mit-00004596
Department: Libraries
Location(s): Cambridge MA
FT/PT: Full Time
Employment / Payroll Category: Support

The Libraries, to perform original cataloging and subject indexing of images in digital and analog format. Using national standards, will create, edit, and maintain records in a FileMaker Pro database; verify personal and corporate names, series, and subject headings in authority files and create authority files; participate in the creation and editing of local terms and practices; participate in training cataloging team, including resolving and documenting complex cataloging issues; maintain quality assurance of unit’s cataloging work; be responsible for documentation of local customization to the cataloging database, including recommendations for layout modifications; participate in collection development activities including weeding, recommendations, and replacements; participate in circulation and reference services; and perform other duties as needed, including use of the collections and online presentation tools.

REQUIREMENTS: a high school diploma or equivalent (two years of college preferred); two years’ direct/related experience that has provided a solid understanding of library functions; reading knowledge of one foreign language (German, French, Italian, Spanish); strong computer skills and demonstrated experience successfully using database applications; and an aptitude for accurate, detail-oriented, quantitative assignments and for working with multiple software applications; ability to work independently and manage competing priorities; and demonstrated organizational, analytical, and decision-making skills. Post high school education may count toward experience requirement. Subject background in art or architectural history and a background in image cataloging desired; as is working knowledge of metadata schemas and classification tools such as VRA Core, cataloging cultural objects, Library of Congress, and other authority files (AAT, ULAN, TGN). Experience using FileMaker Pro also desired, including creating layouts and scripting. MIT-00004596-5

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