Cataloging and Collection Content Organization Librarian (George Washington University Himmelfarb Library)

Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, The George Washington University

The Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library at George Washington University supports the educational, clinical, and research needs of the Schools of Medicine and Health Sciences, Public Health and Health Services and Nursing. The Collections department is responsible for the acquisition, organization and use of print and electronic materials to maximize the educational and research experience of its users.

Cataloging and Collection Content Organization Librarian

Position Summary: The George Washington University seeks an innovative individual to join the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library to manage all cataloging and organization of the current content of the library, including all types and formats of materials.

This position manages the Cataloging and Reserves unit and the health science-specific areas of the University-wide Institutional Repository effort. It also supervises production of the faculty publications database and interlibrary loan activities. The position also participates in the Library’s instructional program as an Informatics Tutor. The Cataloging and Content Organization Librarian reports to the Associate Director, Library Operations and is a member of the library operations management team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The unit encompasses all cataloging, reserves and institutional repository activities. Responsibilities include:

1. Plans and directs the work of staff responsible for the cataloging, classification and organization of library materials in all formats (including monographs, serials, analytics, electronic resources, audiovisuals, and software).

2. Oversees the creation and management of bibliographic and authority files and item records, including those for reserves.

3. Performs original and copy cataloging using OCLC, AACR2r, MeSH, and LC classification. Authority records/files include MeSH, LC Name, and Series.

4. Maintains current knowledge of the development of national and international cataloging standards, advances in technology, and trends in librarianship. Provides leadership within the library on the organization of information.

5. Coordinates the processing of reserve materials by Cataloging and Reserves Specialist, including electronic reserves.

6. Develops and manages Himmelfarb Library’s input to the University’s Institutional Repository

7. Participates in the Library’s instructional program as an Informatics Tutor.

8. Participates in the Library’s Liaison Program, working with one or more departments as assigned within the guidelines and expectations of the program.

9. Collaborates with the Library Director regarding specific copyright issues specifically associated with Reserves.

10. Oversees compilation of cataloging and reserves statistics from the integrated library system.

11. Coordinates with the Electronic Resources & Instructional, Systems and Serials Librarians to ensure that the catalog and electronic resources database are synchronized.

12. Collaborates with the Print Collections Librarian on projects related to collection maintenance.

13. Manages contracts, such as with OCLC Eastern or other similar situations specific to the cataloging function. Maintains or coordinates current monographic holdings in bibliographic utilities like OCLC and SERHOLD and ALADIN.

14. Writes, revises, and implements procedures.

15. Initiates and assists with projects in technical services and systems and maintains up-to-date job manual available to staff.

16. Maintains knowledge of current trends in librarianship and their implementation in the area.



1. Masters in Library or Information Science (MLS) from an ALA-accredited school

2. 3-4 years experience cataloging in all formats using an integrated library system and OCLC.

3. Demonstrated working knowledge of MARC21 bibliographic, authority, and holding formats; AACR2r and LC Rule Interpretations (LCRIs); LC classification schedules; use, interpretation, and application of LC subject headings (LCSH) and/or NLM subject headings (MeSH).

4. Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in libraries, especially the digital environment and effects of digitization within technical services and the library as a whole.

5. Demonstrated working experience with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

6. Supervisory experience.


1. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.

2. Ability to solve problems and to work collaboratively.

3. Experience with Sirsi-Dynix Symphony integrated library system.

4. Experience with cataloging of medical and health sciences materials

5. Working knowledge of or experience with Dspace and institutional repositories.

6. Working knowledge of interlibrary loan.

7. Working knowledge of FRBR and RDA

The minimum salary is from $54,000, based on experience and qualifications, plus excellent academic benefits. The review of applications will begin on February 8, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Application procedure: Send resume, cover letter that outlines assessment of skills as they relate to basic qualifications and salary requirement to the address below. Also provide the names and contact information of 3 references including telephone numbers and addresses. The successful candidate will be required to submit to and successfully complete a pre-employment background check.

Only complete applications will be considered.

George Washington University

Medical Center

Attention: J. Marie Miller

Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library

2300 Eye Street, NW

Washington, DC 20037



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