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June 9th, 2014 - Posted in Jobs

Onondaga County Public Library (OCPL)

Syracuse, NY

OCPL is seeking qualified candidates for a provisional* appointment to the position.

This position is the one and only cataloger position within OCPL and serves all libraries within the Onondaga County Public Library system. The Job requires the person in this position to do very detailed and precise work while making the best decisions on how materials can be found in the catalog. The position is housed at Central Library, 447 S. Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. This is a full-time position that works 35 hours/week and the incumbent of the position works some Saturdays as part of the Technical Services support rotation.

Minimum Qualification:

• Two years of civil service permanent competitive class status as a Librarian 1, or

• A graduate library degree from a library school within New York State which is registered by the State Education Department or from a library school program which is accredited by ALA and two (2) years of post masters professional level experience, or its part-time equivalent, as a librarian

Special requirement: Possession of a valid New York State Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate from the New York State Education Department

Compensation & Benefits:

$51,144 (or $28.1013/hour). The position includes a benefits package that includes individual or family health and dental benefits, and participation in the New York State and Local Employees Retirement System. There is a generous package of vacation, personal, sick leave and holidays, as well as coverage under a long-term disability plan.

General Job Duties:

• Maintaining the overall quality of the Onondaga County Public Library shared system catalog: createsoriginal bibliographic records for items for which no cataloging is available from vendors, including materials unique to Onondaga County in collections throughout the system, uses library standards and best practices, including AACR2 and its successors; does retrospective conversion of bibliographic records to provide better access to/description of those materials unique to OCPL Local History/Genealogy collection; assigns call numbers for sound recordings using ASCR classification scheme and for other materials using the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme, and so on.

• Learning ILS cataloging functions and general support procedures; assists/supports Central, Branch and Suburban Library staff with general ILS problems, and with those specific to the cataloging and item maintenance functions within the ILS. Training other staff in ILS cataloging functions.

• Solving problems related to cataloging, and communicating solutions with the entire system

• Supervising clerical full-time and part-time staff performing copy cataloging, and other cataloging tasks

• Maintaining knowledge of current national cataloging and metadata practices, tools, and future directions to ensure that the libraries within OCPL and their patrons benefit from best cataloging and therefore access practices

• Maintaining and improving knowledge of online and technical tools to continue to pursue continuously cost-saving efficiencies

• May perform other duties as required

In addition, the Librarian 2 position helps support the system’s integrated library system (ILS) by supporting and training the staff throughout the system responsible for creating item records for inclusion in the shared system catalog, and sometimes answering general ILS support questions.

To Apply

Send your resume and cover letter to by 6/25/14.

* It is a non-permanent appointment. The person appointed as “provisional” is expected take the next available NYS civil service exam (analysis of training & experience for this position) for the title and must be reachable (one of top 3 candidates) on the eligible list to continue the employment. For more information on provisional appointment, see New York State Civil Service Law §65. The general job specifications for this position on which the civil service test are based are available at

OCPL is an AA/EEO Employer;