Job Posting: Temporary Cataloguer (Part-Time), Poets House, NYC


Poets House, a 60,000-item poetry library and literary center in Lower Manhattan, seeks a Part-Time Temporary Cataloger for its unique Reed Foundation Library. The main focus of the position will be to assist in the cataloging of new acquisitions received for Poets House’s annual Poetry Showcase, an annual exhibition of recently published poetry and poetry-related items. The cataloger works under the supervision of the Director of Library and Outreach Services in support of library cataloging and materials processing functions. Work includes materials receiving and distribution functions as well as appropriate record keeping to monitor cataloging and processing efforts, in addition to other duties as assigned.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Utilizes the Koha online library catalog and OCLC to enter bibliographic records for new library resources – including print and electronic resources
  • Captures and imports bibliographic records into the Koha system and updates cataloging records to conform to library standards to include the Anglo American Cataloging Rules, Library of Congress Subject Classification schedules, and local library requirements
  • Reviews authority records and author and title main entries, to insure consistency within the library database
  • Processes materials in accordance with library policies and procedures, including Poets House’s unique classification system
  • Processes materials (books, electronic media, audiovisual media, reports) to include stamping; typing and affixing call numbers; affixing barcodes; pasting date due slips; pasting date due pockets; and affixing book covers
  • Manages cataloging and processing efforts consistently per cataloging department policy and procedures to include accurate and standard record keeping
  • Is responsible as a team member for receiving new cataloging materials and organizing them for cataloging and processing activities and for moving processed items to distribution shelves and for their packing and distribution
  • Works under the guidance and supervision of the Director of Library and Outreach Services on library projects and efforts as and when needed

Education: M.L.S. or equivalent from an ALA-accredited library science program

Work Experience:

  • 1-4 years of library or library related work preferred
  • Familiarity with KOHA, OCLC, and poetry preferred

Job Skills:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic technical processing/cataloging functions and services including cataloging standards such as AACR and MARC and use of OCLC
  • Familiarity with copy cataloging
  • Ability to use technology in support of cataloging functions
  • Demonstrated use of an integrated library system
  • Must have computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Ability to work with team members and to follow directions
  • Ability to plan and organize
  • Previous work experience in a library and /or conversant with cataloging/technical services desired

Hours: Variable, beginning at 20 hours/week, $12/hr, set between 11:00 am-7:00 pm Monday-Friday (hours are flexible). Position reports to Director of Library and Outreach Services

Contact Information:

Reginald Harris,
Director of Library and Outreach Services
Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York NY 10282
Phone: (212) 431-8040

Please e-mail your cover letter, resume and list of three references to Director of Library and Outreach Services Reginald Harris at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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