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    This position is located in Discovery Services Division, Copy 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, Copy Cataloging) directs the copy cataloging of materials in all formats and leads efforts for the enrichment and maintenance of the Libraries’ bibliographic metadata and records. The incumbent works closely with the Head, Original Cataloging to ensure that data and records conform to local, national and international standards. The Head, Copy Cataloging implements and manages vendor-provided services for the receiving, physical processing, and cataloging of new purchased materials. The incumbent works closely with the Head, Acquisitions to ensure purchased and gift materials are available to researchers and the Institution in a timely manner. The Head, Copy Cataloging serves as a representative to the cataloging services contract, and collaborates to write specifications for vendor contracts and with funding proposals.

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    • Supervises staff members of the Smithsonian Libraries.
    • Plans, coordinates and supervises the department’s work: copy cataloging in all subjects, languages and physical formats; receiving and processing materials and records through vendor-supplied services; project management involving collaboration with contract and collections staff; and maintenance of the Libraries’ Collection records in SIRIS.
    • Leads and trains staff to resolve complex copy cataloging and post-cataloging data problems. Troubleshoots and resolves data integrity issues and errors.
    • Manages the supply and use of vendor-supplied bibliographic records, including working with vendors to provide catalog records that meet national and international standards. Develops and implements changes and improvements to cross-departmental workflows.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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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-303426-MPA-SIL.

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