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    This position is located in Discovery Services Division, Original Cataloging Department, Smithsonian Libraries (SIL), Smithsonian Institution (SI), located in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, DC.

    The Smithsonian Libraries is a complex, research library system located within Smithsonian museums, research institutes and other offices in New York City, the Republic of Panama, and the Washington, D.C. area. The Supervisory Librarian (Head Original Cataloging) is knowledgeable about the cataloging requirements of each of the SIL branches and works to maintain timely, accurate access to their collections through SIRIS (the SIL online catalog), OCLC (an international bibliographic utility), and, through the Libraries’ discovery service. The Head Original Cataloging oversees the creation and editing of catalog records in the local bibliographic database (SIRIS) and in OCLC, ensuring that these conform to appropriate local, national and international standards for description, classification, subject analysis and encoding. The Head Original Cataloging manages authority control processes, oversees other related project work involving the cataloging services contract, and sets and documents the policies and procedures that govern the Division’s cataloging work.

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    • Supervises professional librarians (including the Senior Collections Cataloger) and oversees the management of the department.
    • Plans, coordinates and supervises all aspects of the department’s work: original and complex copy cataloging, rare book cataloging, authority control, NACO and BIBCO participation, and special projects, and maintenance and upkeep of the Libraries’ online catalog.
    • Monitors and implements developments and changes in technology, software tools, and resources that support and facilitate cataloging activity. Leads the Division’s work with OCLC’s Macro Express, MarcEdit, SirsiDynix Horizon, and vendor services to enhance and expand access to collections.
    • Works closely with, and directly supports, branch staff that are involved in contributing records to SIRIS and OCLC. Coordinates their work with cataloging policies and procedures and provides technical advice and support. Provides tools, support, and training for branch staff who create records in SIRIS.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.

    Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities should apply to Job Announcement #18A-LC-303424-MPA-SIL.

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