Charlottesville, VA: Rare Books Project Cataloger (term), University of Virginia

Job Opening Title: Rare Books Project Cataloger

Employer Name: University of Virginia Library

Job Location: Charlottesville, VA

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Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The University of Virginia Library collects, curates, and facilitates access to a wide variety of rare and unique materials, chiefly in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. The Rare Book Project Cataloger participates in that mission by working with colleagues to provide access to titles in the following two collections: 1) McGehee Miniature Book Collection, which comprises more than 16,000 titles in multiple languages covering a wide variety of subjects, of which approximately one-third are uncataloged; 2) Shirley Plantation Library, whose 1,200 titles ranging from the mid-16th to the early 20th century comprises one of the largest and most important extant Virginia plantation libraries. The Project Cataloger will contribute to the unit-wide application of a reparative framework for descriptive work. Reporting to the Rare Book Cataloger, the Project Cataloger will be responsible for performing original and copy cataloging of titles in these unique collections, perform subject analysis and apply subject metadata to items in accordance with national standards and best practices, perform basic housing and labeling of materials, and identify any preservation issues.


MLIS/MIS in library and information science from an ALA-accredited program and experience cataloging rare and unique materials in an academic or research library.
Demonstrated commitment to inclusivity, diversity, equity, accessibility, and the desire to apply that commitment to descriptive work.
Understanding of and commitment to nationally-accepted standards, vocabularies, and best practices pertinent to archives and special collections;
Knowledge and understanding of trends and best practices in the archives and special collections fields.
Outstanding interpersonal and collaborative skills
Demonstrated success in working within a project schedule.
Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.

Candidates may be required to move objects greater than 20 pounds.

** This is two year term limited position with an annual salary of $60,000**