Cataloger Job Description


Responsible for managing the catalog of materials at a library. Inputs data about materials into electronic catalog to ensure users can locate books, serials, films, or other documents. Prepares bibliographic and item records for monographs, journals and other library material.

Primary responsibilities

  • Categorize and classify library materials, including books, CDs, films, newspapers, or other documents.
  • Follow library standards and guidelines when classifying documents.
  • Consider rules of Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, Library of Congress subject heading policies, Dewey Decimal Classification, Arabic subject headings, MARC21 and catalog materials in categories of advanced specialized backgrounds.
  • Ensure all material can be retrieved conveniently using standardized methods.
  • Perform original and copy cataloging and adapt online records according to guidelines in all subject areas and languages.
  • Input details about new material into library catalog.
  • Adjust rules when new type of material surfaces.
  • Consult with colleagues on improving cataloging process.
  • Determine appropriate treatments for series or multipart items
  • Organize large backlogs of materials.
  • Organize materials according to highest priority.
  • Attend conferences and continuing education classes.
  • Develop and maintain parts of the catalog that pertain to collections under specific jurisdiction.
  • Serve on library committee.
  • Work alongside subject specialists.
  • Conduct complex research.

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