Rare Book Cataloger (Full Time through June 2021) – The New-York Historical Society Library – NY, NY

The New-York Historical Society Library
The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library of the New-York Historical Society is one of the oldest independent research libraries in the United States. Its extensive collections, dating from the seventeenth century to the present, provide unique insights into the history of New York and the nation. Collection strengths include exploration and voyages; the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Early Republic eras; the mercantile history of New York and the expanding nation; American military and naval history; the Anglo-American slave trade and conditions of slavery in the United States; the Civil War; religion and religious movements; New York City social services and charitable organizations; and New York City architecture and the built environment. The Library’s renowned Rare Book Collection includes approximately 18,000 books, pamphlets and periodicals.

The New-York Historical Society is seeking a productive and experienced cataloger for a project to create catalog records for items in English and other languages dating from 1601 to 1800 in the Library’s Rare Book Collection. This is a full-time temporary position through June 2021, with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Library’s Head of Cataloging and Metadata, the successful candidate will be an experienced, motivated, and productive professional able to meet the demands and productivity goals of a time-sensitive project. Specific responsibilities include:

• Searching the Library’s online catalog and OCLC and identifying relevant MARC21 records.
• Creating MARC21 records in the Aleph cataloging system according to the rules for Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books), AACR2r, RDA, and LCSH.
• Correcting and enhancing existing MARC21 records and resolving complex cataloging problems.
• Performing authority research and subject analysis, creating copy-specific notes, and assigning local access points as needed.
• Creating holdings records in Aleph, verifying call numbers in online and card shelflists, and modifying them if needed.
• Adding the Library’s holdings to existing records in the English Short-Title Catalogue (ESTC), updating and correcting previously added ESTC holdings, and reporting items not found in ESTC to ESTC staff.
• Referring items needing conservation treatment to the Library’s conservation department, and working with public service staff to ensure consistent access to the collection.
• Other duties as assigned.

• M.L.S. from an A.L.A.-accredited library school
• Minimum of two years of library cataloging experience
• Knowledge of AACR2r, Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books), LCSH, and MARC21 formats
• Experience searching OCLC and ESTC, and familiarity with local automated systems
• Familiarity with handling rare and fragile materials
• Knowledge of American and/or New York history
• Good attention to detail, excellent oral and written communication skills, flexibility, and the ability to work with people as well as independently

• Experience with rare book cataloging
• Knowledge of descriptive bibliography
• Reading knowledge of one or more modern European languages (other than English)
• Familiarity with RDA

• $50,000 annually. Attractive benefits package.

To Apply
For consideration please send cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to resumes@nyhistory.org. In the subject line please reference the job title.

The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.