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Cataloger, Poetry Collection
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Date Posted Sep. 30, 2022
Title Cataloger, Poetry Collection
University University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Buffalo, NY, United States
Department Digital Strategies
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Coordinator
  • Library

Position Summary

The University at Buffalo Libraries seek a detail-driven Cataloger (Instructional Support Technician) to concentrate on cataloging for the Poetry Collection, a print-based collection and the library of record for 20th- and 21st-century poetry in English. The Poetry Collection holds one of the world’s largest collections of poetry first editions and other titles, little literary magazines, broadsides and anthologies; a substantial collection of artworks; and more than 150 archives and manuscript collections from a wide range of poets, presses, magazines and organizations. This Cataloger will join a team of dedicated professionals in the Discovery Services unit who work to provide library users with the resources they need for research, learning and teaching.

As the Cataloger, Poetry Collection, your key responsibilities will include:
    • Receiving, managing, maintaining and organizing new and legacy materials in the Poetry Collection to ensure access and discovery by all researchers.
    • Using OCLC to perform original cataloging, complex copy cataloging and bibliographic record creation or enhancement following currently accepted international Research, Description and Access (RDA) cataloging standards and machine-readable (MARC) standards.
    • Cataloging and classifying purchased and gifted materials in multiple formats (monographs, serials and media), including assigning local classification scheme.
    • Exporting bibliographic records from OCLC into ExLibris Alma Network Zone, creating holdings and item records in the local catalog (Institution Zone).
    • Performing complex authority work by creating and revising Name Authority Records to contribute to the Library of Congress Name Authority File.
    • Identifying and rectifying serial irregularities and legacy storage problems.


The Cataloger will primarily support the Poetry Collection but may have the opportunity to support other University Library collections including Arts & Sciences, Health Sciences, Architecture and Planning, Music, and Law.

We invite individuals to apply whose perspectives and experiences will enrich and strengthen our organization. The library serves an increasingly diverse constituency of patrons, and our employees, services, collections, and policies strive to honor and reflect this diversity. We encourage candidates who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment to apply.

Outstanding Benefits Package
Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit – all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages.

About The University at Buffalo
The University at Buffalo (UB) #ubuffalo is one of America’s leading public research universities and a flagship of the State University of New York system, recognized for our excellence and our impact. UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking and pragmatic dreaming that enables us to reach others every day. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo.

About the University Libraries
SUNY’s largest academic research library offers an outstanding array of information resources, technologies, services, and people to support academic achievement. The Libraries play a vital role in the academic success of our students, the teaching and research of our faculty, and the intellectual pursuits of our alumni and community members. Our broad selection of digital and print resources, innovative services, and expert staff support scholarly and creative achievements in new and exciting ways.

University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A master’s degree in library and information science (MLS/MLIS) from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Proficiency in creating original bibliographic records and editing existing bibliographic records using the MARC format standard; familiarity with monographic, serial and media record formats.
  • Advanced knowledge of bibliographic concepts, cataloging and library organization.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Expertise in the use of a networked integrated library system or a library services platform environment.
  • Must be able to work independently without day-to-day supervision and function effectively within a team setting.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience performing original and complex copy cataloging in an academic library.

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