Duke University Libraries, Duke University

Position ID:Duke-DUL-RMPC [#8575]
Position Title: Rare Materials Project Cataloger
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Library / Special Collections, Technical Services-Cataloging
Appl Deadline:2016/12/21** finished (posted 2016/11/15, finished 2017/04/06, listed until 2017/05/15)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Rare Materials Project Cataloger is responsible for the description of printed and published materials for the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection in the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. S/he provides original and complex copy cataloging for rare printed materials according to international standards and best practices.  This is a one-year full time appointment, with the possibility of renewal.


About the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection

The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection is one of the foremost collections of women’s history. The collection includes books, periodicals, broadsides, ephemera, manuscripts, textiles, engravings, photographs and artifacts that together reveal women’s work in the West in all of its variety. The collection covers more than five centuries of women’s contributions, with a focus on the period from the 16th to mid-20th century. For additional information please see: http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/bingham/lisa-unger-baskin


             Performs original and complex copy cataloging for printed and published materials in all formats and subjects and in several languages

             Ensures the quality of bibliographic records through compliance with international and local standards

             Inputs and edits bibliographic, holdings, and item information as needed to ensure accuracy and completeness of information

             Enhances or replaces OCLC records within established guidelines

             In consultation with the Head, Rare Materials Cataloging Section, documents policies and workflows for the description of rare materials

             Researches and keeps abreast of best practices and emerging standards for the description of rare materials in all formats

          Performs other related duties incidental to the work described herein

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • May supervise student workers.


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.   



Required: MLS from an ALA-accredited program or a combination of relevant education and experience.


Required: Formal training or interest in national cataloging standards and RDA; basic knowledge of one or more languages, in addition to English; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a team.


Preferred: Knowledge of rare book cataloging standards, including DCRM manuals and RBMS and AAT controlled vocabularies; demonstrated interest and engagement with special collections librarianship, the humanities and/or book history and bibliography; working knowledge of OCLC cataloging utilities, and local integrated library systems such as Aleph.

Working Conditions

          Must be able to lift 40 pounds and unpack, shelve and shift large quantities of library materials

          Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible

          Frequent bending, crouching, stooping

          Normal office environment

          Occasional weekend shifts required

          Occasional travel required


These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits

Salary dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.


Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.


Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.


Duke offers a comprehensive benefit packages which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:  http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php.


Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.


Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.



Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
365 Rubenstein Library
Box 90194
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708

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