Music Cataloger, Amherst, Massachusetts

BiblioTempsA�, a short-term library staffing service operated by the Massachusetts Library System, seeks a Music Collection Cataloger for an academic library in the Amherst area.

SCHEDULE: This position will begin as soon as possible and last for six months. The schedule is full-time, Monday a�� Friday, 9am-5pm.


–Catalog music materials in English and foreign languages for which cataloging copy by any OCLC member is available; and create original catalog records for materials for which new records can be derived from existing records, following guidelines in the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Library of Congress rule interpretations, and local policies and procedures, entering information into or creating catalog records in the local online catalog or OCLC, according to OCLC MARC format.
–Authorize headings and resolve problems related to authority records used in catalog records
–Assist with maintaining documentation of procedures and workflows
a�? Perform other related duties as assigned.

–MLS degree, with academic library work experience
–Considerable knowledge of national cataloging codes, OCLC format, and local and national cataloging and classification methods and procedures.
–Experience cataloging sound and video recordings.
–Experience working with integrated library system (preferably Aleph) and OCLC.
–Knowledge of procedures for accessing local and national bibliographic databases in order to locate and modify cataloging records.
–Knowledge of the bibliographic tools used in solving cataloging problems.
–Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
–Ability to understand and follow complex oral or written instructions.
–Ability to read, write, comprehend and speak the English language.
–Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
–Ability to maintain library files, records and materials in good order.
–Ability to organize work, develop effective work procedures, assess work priorities, and work independently.
–Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships.
–Ability to resolve complex bibliographic and holdings problems
–Reading knowledge of one or more modern European languages.
–Preferred: Classical music background, as demonstrated by an undergraduate degree in music or the equivalent in experience

Please submit a cover letter and current resume for this position at

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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