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Technical Specialist

Organization: Syracuse University
Date Posted: 10/3/2013
Date Needed: 10/3/2013
City: Syracuse, New York
Location: New York
Country: United States
Primary Category: Position Closed - Do Not Apply

Description & Details

Summary:   This position provides project-based cataloging for sound recordings, and additional formats as needed. The Acquisitions & Cataloging Department has identified over 450,000 items in the Belfer Audio Archive that require catalog records. This position reports to the Catalog Librarian and may have supervisory responsibilities, including delegating work to Bargaining Unit staff, interns, or student workers.  


Primary responsibilities:

  • Perform original cataloging or complex copy cataloging and classification primarily for sound recordings, using both MARC and non-MARC metadata; ensure that work adheres to both local and national guidelines and standards. Support metadata creation for non-traditional bibliographic material for ContentDM and SURFACE, Syracuse University’s Institutional Repository.
  • Working with librarians and supervisors, contributes to the integrity of access points: name, subject, and series authority files. Perform independent research to create name authority file records.
  • Resolve problems in cataloging and inventory uncovered in the course of project work.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of latest trends and developments in bibliographic control; keeping abreast of developments in RDA, MARC, and other standards as applicable.
  • Assist in bulk catalog maintenance and report generation using cataloging utilities and software.
  • Deploy the most efficient means for accomplishing projects, using appropriate software and other applications to enhance productivity.
  • Provide support for high-priority cataloging projects as assigned; this may include assisting with grant-funded projects.  

 Secondary responsibilities:

  • Participate in continuing education, professional development, and training activities.
  • Attend meetings of the Acquisitions & Cataloging management team of librarians and supervisors as needed.  


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of library technical services experience or equivalent; Masters’ Degree in Library or Information Science (ALA-accredited) preferred.
  • Familiarity with AACR2/RDA, LCSH, the MARC format, and other relevant standards, such as Dublin Core or VRA.
  • Knowledge of bibliographic utility such as OCLC and an integrated library system, such as Voyager.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with office computer applications (databases, word processing, spreadsheets) required.
  • Familiarity with MacroExpress, SQL, MarcEdit or other cataloging utilities preferred.    
  • Music experience or background preferred Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

  Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with education and experience

How to Apply / Contact

Contact: To view the complete position description or to apply for this position please log onto Review of applications begins immediately and the search will remain until October 15, 2013.    


Syracuse University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer 


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The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.