Mark Richie (
Tue, 29 May 2001 14:51:15 -0700 (PDT)

Have vast experience as a media cataloger. Not sure what a "non-print"
cataloger is. :-^ However did answer crucial interview question once:
"how many different ways can you put a slide in a slide projector?"

follow up: "How many are correct?"

no kidding.

Kim Hale wrote:
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> POSITION: Non-Print Cataloger
> DEPARTMENT: Technical Services
> REPORTS TO: Head of Technical Services
> SUMMARY: The Non-Print Cataloger is primarily responsible for the
> cataloging and classification of slides, audio recordings, and other
> nonprint formats acquired for the Library collection. The position is also
> responsible for the maintenance of records on the Library's DRA and CASPR
> systems.
> Slide cataloging:
> Performs original cataloging on newly acquired or shot slides on the
> Library's locally maintained CASPR Library World system, using MARC based
> bibliographic descriptions, the Art and Architecture Thesaurus for subject
> access, and a variant of the Tansey classification scheme for call numbers.
> Performs appropriate authority control on items in the database.
> In conjunction with the Head of the Slide Library, determines the
> cataloging needs of the slide collection.
> Upgrades online records to full level as appropriate.
> Conducts retrospective conversion of older offline records.
> Updates and keeps current the locally modified Tansey classification scheme.
> Conducts reclassification as appropriate.
> Recommends slides to be ordered for the collection.
> Provides reference services to Slide Library users on an as needed basis.
> Audio recordings/nonprint format cataloging:
> Performs origingal and copy cataloging of audio recordings (primarily CDs)
> using OCLC, DRA, Dewey Decimal Classification, Library of Congress Subject
> Headings, the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules 2nd ed. rev., the Library of
> Congress Rule Interpretations, and Music Cataloging Decisions.
> Resolves problems arising from obsolete, conflicting, or incorrect
> cataloging from the past.
> Performs original or copy cataloging on other types of materials (eg. video
> recordings or monographs) as required.
> Keeps abreast of revisions in cataloging rules and of trends in cataloging
> practices. Applies new rules and interpretations as appropriate. Brings
> changes to the attention of others as appropriate for implementation or
> discussion.
> Participates in departmental meetings and deliberations, assisting in the
> delineation of policies and procedures relating to cataloging.
> Other duties:
> Under the general direction of the Coordinator of Collection Development,
> participates with other librarians in collection development and faculty
> liaison activities.
> Under the general direction of the Head of Reference and Instruction
> Services, provides reference, research, and instruction services to Library
> users on a limited regular basis.
> Participates in College and professional activities.
> Represents the Library in local, regional, and national consortia.
> Required: Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school with
> course work in cataloging; knowledge of MARC bibliographic and authorities
> formats; knowledge of AACR2 and the Library of Congress Rule
> Interpretations; minimum of three years original cataloging experience on
> an integrated library system and on an online bibliographic utility (OCLC
> preferred) at the professional level; background in fine art or related
> humanities discipline, with an undergraduate or higher degree strongly
> preferred; ability to work both cooperatively and independantly; ability to
> work flexibly, energetically, and creatively in a busy, changing
> environment; ability to set goals and manage various assignments
> simultaneously.
> Preferred: Previous work experience in a slide library; working knowledge
> of one or more Western European language and/or the ability to catalog in
> unfamiliar languages with the aid of a dictionary; undergraduate or higher
> degree in music or the equivalent broad knowledge, training, or experience;
> demonstrated knowledge of music cataloging; knowledge of library
> classification systems, preferably Dewey Decimal Classification.
> Columbia College Chicago is a diverse, open admissions, urban institution
> of 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students emphasizing arts and
> communications in a liberal education setting.
> SALARY: $35,000 - 40,000 depending upon qualifications.
> Columbia College Chicago Library
> attn: Library Search, NPC-1
> 600 South Michigan Avenue
> Chicago, Illinois 60605-1996