Project Cataloger (Mapping Chicagoland)

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2023


Library C & A - Tech Serv - Metadata - Original Cataloging

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Job Summary

*This is a grant funded 12-month position*

Under the direction of the Metadata Analyst Librarian, and in collaboration with other Library Units, the Mapping Chicagoland Project Cataloger is responsible for the cataloging of maps and atlas map pages and for coordinating cataloging work with other Library staff. The work will involve original, copy, and analytical cataloging. The Project Manager will import records for indexing in the Library catalog and transform MARC records to the GeoBlacklight schema.


  • Perform original and/or copy cataloging of digitized map images in OCLC according to the RDA standard for map cataloging, using both the original map and the digitized image.

  • Perform analytical cataloging of digitized atlas map page images in OCLC according to the RDA standard for cataloging.

  • Work closely with the Map Assistant and Map student employees to coordinate and distribute map images for cataloging.

  • Import MARC records for indexing in the library’s catalog.

  • Export and convert MARC records to GeoBlacklight for ingest in the BTAA Geoportal.

  • The job provides professional support and solves straightforward problems in a library unit in the acquisition and processing of library materials and resources. Resolves processing problems with units.

  • Identifies and documents preservation needs and, with moderate guidance from others, ensures the preservation of library pieces, electronically and digitally.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • MLS or Advanced Degree in Geography or an allied field.


  • Demonstrated project management and planning experience.

  • 2-5 years of cataloging experience, including original and complex copy cataloging of cartographic materials.

  • Experience with original and complex copy cataloging maps in OCLC.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of the RDA cataloging standard, LCSH and related standard vocabularies, and LCC.

  • Acquaintance or Experience with MarcEdit.

Preferred Competencies

  • Excellent organization skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Experience communicating effectively with various levels of staff, both within and with external project partners.

  • Experience working successfully in a team.

Working Conditions

  • This is a grant funded 12-month position.

  • HYBRID 1-2 remote days available after a training period.

Application Documents

  • CV/resume (required)

  • Cover letter (preferred)

  • 3 references (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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