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Rare Book & Special Collections Cataloguer

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St. Louis Mercantile Library, Thomas Jefferson Library, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Job Description

St. Louis Mercantile Library, Thomas Jefferson Library, University of Missouri-St. Louis
The St. Louis Mercantile Library is seeking a Rare Book and Special Collections Cataloguer. The Mercantile Library, now in its 177th year, holds historic archival, rare book and manuscript collections in the areas of trans-national as well as American, Missouri and regional histories, westward expansion, American business history, and exemplary transportation holdings in river and rail history as well as a distinguished collection of American and especially local art. The Mercantile’s collections overall form a prestigious historical research center for a wide array of readers.

The Rare Book and Special Collections Cataloguer reports to the Director of the St. Louis Mercantile Library. The cataloguer is an essential member of the Mercantile Library’s team and is responsible for describing and facilitating access to the collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library via the library’s catalogue. The cataloguer is responsible for original and copy-cataloguing of library material in all formats. The cataloguer works with the curators of the St. Louis Mercantile Library to set cataloging priorities and facilitate researcher access to the library’s collections.

We seek a detail and service-oriented cataloguer who will successfully execute the following job duties:
* Catalogue monographs, manuscripts, newspapers, maps, serials, music, audiovisual and ephemera acquired by the St. Louis Mercantile Library.

* Effectively communicate and collaborate with team members and members of the library community from a wide range of diverse backgrounds.

* Work in conjunction with the Thomas Jefferson Library Access Services department to ensure that the St. Louis Mercantile Library’s catalogue conforms to the requirements of the FOLIO system and any future software used for cataloguing material in the library.

* In collaboration with the Mercantile Library curatorial team, establish cataloguing priorities and design and implement project plans to implement those priorities.

* Assist in coordinating student employees and volunteers who assist with functions related to special collections cataloging and processing.

* Apply appropriate conservation measures to various items to ensure their proper storage when they are added to the collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library.

* Collaborate with the Thomas Jefferson Library Access Services Department as needed regarding Library cataloguing processes and software.

* Manage inventory of cataloguing supplies for library materials.

* Assist St. Louis Mercantile Library staff with events as required.

* Represent the St. Louis Mercantile Library on committees and task forces related to primary job assignment or at the request of the Director of the St. Louis Mercantile Library or Dean of UMSL Libraries.

* Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications
* ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science.

* 1 to 3 years of Experience in cataloguing special collections

* Experience with FOLIO cataloguing software.

* Working knowledge of online library systems, AACR2r, RDA, LCRI, LCSH, DCRM, MARC21 formats and authority control.

* Ability to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive library culture and foster effective interpersonal relationships with a wide range of diverse colleagues, university staff, faculty, students, administrators, and members of the public.

* Evidence of analytical, organization, communication, project, and time management skills

* Demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and complete tasks and projects on time and within budget in accordance with task or project parameters.

* Demonstrated proficiency with personal computers and software, the internet and office applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Teams, PowerPoint, and other productivity software.

* Demonstrated knowledge of proper cataloguing, preservation and physical storage techniques for rare books, manuscripts, and other media types in a special collections environment.

* Ability to work in a dynamic office environment with a diverse user base.

Candidate will be evaluated on:
* Knowledge of book and publishing history and techniques.

* Experience in applied preservation and conservation techniques for various media types in a special collections environment.

Application Materials
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Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed beginning 12/01/2023 but will be accepted until the position is filled.

Other Information

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. The University will not sponsor applicants for this position for employment visas.

Benefit Eligibility

The University of Missouri - St. Louis offers benefit-eligible employees a wide variety of benefits including: health, dental and vision coverage effective on the first day of employment, retirement, paid time off, tuition assistance for employees and their dependents and employee and dependent life insurance. For more information about our benefits, please visit:

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