City of Boston

Cataloger And Classifier II / Serials Specialist

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Boston Public Library
Regular Full-Time
BPL ACQ Ordering
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Responsible for performing original and complex copy cataloging including bibliographic description, subject analysis, classification, and authority control for materials in all formats in accordance with established local and national policies, procedures, and standards.  Advanced cataloging skills for serials will be required as needed.  Special language competencies and/or subject knowledge will be required as needed.

Reports to

Cataloging and Processing Supervisor or delegate


As assigned, professional and support staff



  • Performs original and complex copy cataloging including bibliographic description, subject analysis, classification, and, as assigned, authority control for materials in all formats in accordance with established local and national policies, procedures, and standards.
  • Establishes, assigns, and verifies name, subject, form/genre, and uniform title entries according to national standards and local practices.  Updates headings and resolves problems in the local database as assigned.
  • Maintains a consistent output of cataloging, classification, and, as assigned, authority control work according to departmental standards for experienced catalogers.
  • Performs catalog maintenance to ensure bibliographic integrity and resolves database problems whenever necessary.
  • Participates in routine tasks and special projects involving the import, export, and modification of bibliographic, authority, and item records.
  • As required, creates item records and/or resolves item record problems when necessary.
  • As assigned, participates in the training of staff.
  • As assigned, advises and assists staff in resolving copy cataloging and item maintenance problems.
  • As assigned, performs the review and revision of cataloging records produced by staff.
  • Maintains current knowledge of existing and emerging cataloging standards, policies, and practices.
  • Assists in evaluating, implementing, and suggesting changes in policies and procedures concerning descriptive and subject cataloging.
  • Processes all materials according to defined Library priorities.
  • Catalogs and classifies continuing resources in all formats according to local and national standards. When appropriate, updates records for title changes and performs duplicate resolution.  Handles highly complex problems regarding serials cataloged under different cataloging conventions.  Assists in the management of serials subscription records as required.  Resolves holdings inaccuracies and works collaboratively with staff to create and maintain item records as needed.
  • Performs other related and comparable duties as assigned.


Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Education – A bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university and a master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school. Relevant subject knowledge and/or specialized training will be required.  In exceptional circumstances specialized education, training, and/or experience may be substituted for part or all of the educational requirements.
  • Experience – Two years of recent professional library experience working with MARC21 bibliographic records. Knowledge of, and recent experience with, current and emerging national standards for cataloging and metadata.
  • Skills – Ability to work with a Windows operating system required. Demonstrated proficiency in cataloging platforms such as OCLC Connexion highly desired.  Working familiarity with cataloging standards such as Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Library of Congress Classification (LCC), and Resource Description and Access (RDA) highly desired.  Reading knowledge of one or more non-English languages highly desired; capability to identify and work with unfamiliar languages is required.  Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.  Understanding of serials, periodicals, and other continuing materials in a library context required.  Direct experience working with cataloging serials or resolving bibliographic issues related to them highly desired.  Familiarity with national standards involving serials highly desired.
  • Knowledge of current cataloging standards and formats, especially MARC21.
  • Proficiency in standard productivity software, including word processing, spreadsheets, virtual communication and collaborative platforms.
  • Ability to execute library policy.
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of others.
  • Demonstrates initiative and independent decision-making skills.
  • Communicates effectively and presents ideas clearly.
  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively.
  • Identifies, plans, and prioritizes job responsibilities and tasks; determines and implements project timelines.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and the ability to adapt to change.
  • Collaborates with internal and external partners.
  • Ability to work well with staff and public.
  • Residency – Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of hire.
  • CORI – Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information check with the City of Boston.


Union/Salary Plan/Grade: PSA/P-2

Hours per week: 35



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