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April 16th, 2014 - Posted in Jobs

Onondaga County Public Library (OCPL)

Syracuse, NY

Job Description:

Onondaga County Public Library (OCPL) is seeking applications for a possible transfer to the position of Librarian 2 (Cataloger).

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 work at a desk for most of the day doing very detailed and precise work while making the best decisions on how materials can be found in the catalog. This position works some Saturdays as part of the Technical Services support rotation, and reports to the OCPL Administrator for System and Member Services at Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse, New York 13202.

Position Duties:

General Job duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Maintaining the overall quality of the Onondaga County Public Library shared system catalog: creates original 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.

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

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.

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

To be eligible as a transfer candidate, applicants must hold a competitive class Librarian 2 position (was appointed from a civil service eligible list for the title and has successfully completed probation) within New York State.

Salary & Benefits:

This is a civil service position with excellent benefits and participation in the New York State retirement system.

Salary: $51,144 – $56,605

Hours of Work: typically 9:00am – 5:00pm, M-F, Some Saturdays

Employee Benefits:

How to Apply:

Send a resume and cover letter to by 4/27/14

Contact Information

April 10th, 2014 - Posted in Jobs

Syracuse University Libraries

Syracuse, NY

Job Description:

Under general guidance, utilizes a specialized knowledge of subjects, languages, computer applications, or disciplines that apply to library processes and/or services or provides specialized knowledge of library functions. Utilizes a variety of systems and resources to provide access to library collections, and performs the more complex technical functions requiring proficiency with technical protocols, digital technology, and data manipulation skills. Exercises initiative and independent judgment when providing service or interpreting, analyzing and applying policies and procedures, including those related to fiscal decisions. Routinely analyzes and resolves complex problems that may impact other Library departments or the organization as a whole, and /or external parties and organizations.


37.5 hours per week
Monday-Friday 12:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
All days and hours subject to change



Perform original cataloging or complex copy cataloging and classification for a variety of materials and formats

Identify gaps in policies and procedures and may prepare draft policies and procedures for review

Exercise independent judgment in making financial decisions related to the acquisitions, accounting, and receiving of Library materials

Interact with researchers; negotiate and analyze research questions and determine most appropriate resource(s) to address the question; construct complex research strategies to facilitate patron research

Utilize numerous complex research resources such as online catalogs and databases, finding aids, reference sources, technical manuals, etc. to perform job responsibilities

Develop and manage departmental projects and may identify related staffing needs

Create authority records in Library automated systems

Create and add advanced, complex records to the Library automated systems, e.g. complex holdings records

Create finding aids for archival materials

Represent the Library in donor transactions regarding collections

Interact with researchers and provide consultation on appropriate technologies to accomplish research goals

Track, compile, analyze, and interpret non financial statistics

Apply complex preservation and special conservation treatments

Using independent judgment, select appropriate formats and technologies, perform complex reformatting of items for preservation treatment


Effectively and efficiently process Interlibrary Loan requests in all areas of the ILL process, including lending, document delivery, and borrowing.

Assist with ILL shipping functions, performing quality control checks to ensure proper processing of ILL shipments.

Perform troubleshooting of ILL related issues, including working with library patrons and external libraries to resolve any service issues.

Perform ILL related functions, such as scanning of a variety of media, delivering electronic content, and advanced use of image software and other related software applications.

Coordinate specified tasks in ILL, which may include billing, supplies management, shipping management, or other ILL related duties.

Provide ILL public services in-person, via email, or phone.

Manage circulation service desk at either Bird Library or Carnegie Library for up to 10-15% of total scheduled time.

Provide training to student assistants on Interlibrary Loan functions. Assist with coordination and management of student assistant training program.

Provide student assistant management, including but not limited to: hiring students, organizing student schedules, tracking student work study allotments, and daily direction of work of student assistants.

Assist with coordination of Access Services projects, including providing project management and oversight of student assistants. Projects may include, but are not limited to: shifting, moving collections, data entry quality control, etc.

Assist with special projects as needed, which may include pushing and pulling up to 100 pounds, and lifting repeatedly up to 50 pounds for the majority of a shift.

Participate in Carnegie-Interlibrary Loan-Circulation Working Group activities, such as technical writing, documentation, development of policies and procedures, professional development (as participant and provider), customer service training, and work on other teams as desired or needed.

Participate in Access and Resource Sharing department functions, including participation in departmental policy discussions, professional development, and support of other functional working groups of the department.

Evaluate workflows for improvement and efficiency.

Participate in resolving and tracking patron and ILL service issues using both email and Orange Tracker ticketing system.

Other duties as assigned based on fluctuating needs and workflows of working group and department.


Associate’s degree and at least 4 years of library or related work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with MS Office, Access, Internet, Email.

Job Specific Qualifications

The following knowledge skills and abilities may also be required for a Library Technician IV, depending on the area of assignment:

Proficiency with technical protocols and systems specific to libraries such as MARC, DCRB, HTML, etc.

Digital technology skills

Some experience with the creation of metadata

Data manipulation skills

Ability to set own work objectives under the general guidance of a supervisor; work is checked primarily for quality of results

Some experience with project work

Excellent written communication skills

Pay Range:

$16.268 – $18.076 per hour

To Apply:

For consideration for this position, please complete an online application. Full job description and online application available here: