Japanese Language Cataloger – Washington, DC

LAC Group is seeking an experienced Japanese Language Cataloger for a major Federal library in the DC area. The cataloger will provide original and copy cataloging in addition to providing support on various physical processing of library items. The candidate must be familiar with AACR2, RDA, and MARC21 formats as they pertain to monographs, serials, and A/V.  This role requires the ability to work at a quick pace and with close attention to detail.This is a 1-year term, full-time or part-time position, with benefits. Work must be performed on-site during business hours.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform original (including complex) and copy cataloging of Japanese language materials to facilitate their identification, access, and use
  • Interpret and apply Library of Congress subject headings, the Dewey Decimal System, the AACR2, RDA, and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) manuals in cataloging and classifying library materials
  • Maintain authority records and perform needed authority work in the database
  • Consult with libraries in order to resolve cataloging and database problems, report trends in bibliographic services, answer questions, transmit information, and discuss options for handling library materials
  • Provide inventory support
  • Develop and deliver training programs to member library staff and others
  • Develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with internal staff, staff from member libraries, and other relevant community leaders
  • Keep records of inquiries, complaints, and comments as well as actions that  are taken for members
  • Provide accurate and timely information in a language and format that is easily understood by members and colleagues
  • Perform database maintenance for bibliographic and authority records
  • Loads MARC record files for member libraries and communicates necessary changes
  • Maintain the integrity of the integrated library system through authority file control

Qualifications:

  • MLS is not required but is preferred
  • Must have 3 years of cataloging experience
  • Ability to catalog in English and Japanese a must. Ability to catalog in other foreign languages, particularly East Asian languages, is a plus
  • Must be proficient in the Japanese language; Native Japanese highly preferred
  • Experience in cataloging art and scientific materials are preferred
  • Must have experience using the RDA, Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), and MARC 21 cataloging standards
    • Minimal training is available
  • Must be able to physically process library material: create and affix spine labels
  • Able to pass a background check

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