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Cataloging & Processing Librarian

OFFICIAL TITLE: Processing Center Librarian CODE: 6790 SQ/OQ: Optimal Qualified
WORKING TITLE: Cataloging & Processing Librarian GRADE: 20 MONTHS: 12
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF CLASSIFICATION: Under direction, performs professional library work in the cataloging and classification of both print and non-print instructional materials used by the staff of the county school system. Work of the class involves the cataloging of materials according to standard criteria and standards.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of the latest standards and technology applications related to cataloging, acquisitions and processing of library materials. Experience with original cataloging including traditional materials and new media such as e-books. Ability to use state of the art technology in the cataloging and classification of print and non-print media. Experience in the use of MARC records, subject headings and an integrated library system. Considerable knowledge of professional library principles, methods, materials, and practices; considerable knowledge of reader interest level and suitability of materials for PreK-12 library use; some knowledge of school library operations. Ability to perform professional classification work in the processing of books and other instructional materials, ability to analyze administrative library problems and to make recommendations for their solution; ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of a small group of clerical subordinates and collaborate with an advisory group of school based librarians. Good human relations and oral and written communications skills. Knowledge of the seven core competencies of the Supporting Services Professional Growth System (SSPGS).
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: Masters degree required. Degree in library science required. Considerable professional library experience, including some experience in a school library media center. Experience in using library state of art software technology. Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience equivalent to a masters degree, which provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform effectively in the position, may be considered.
CERTIFICATE AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS: Meets Maryland state certification for an Educational Media Generalist, Level II by the Maryland State Department of Education.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (Special requirements such as lifting heavy objects and frequent climbing.) None
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: (Frequent overtime or night work required, etc.) None


1. Using reference and cataloging tools, classifies all materials assigned for processing, including books, films, records, maps, charts, computer software, e-books and new technologies as they appear.

2. Produces original cataloging copy for instructional materials not found in Library of Congress machine-readable data; revises and adapts previous cataloging for most current practices and to fulfill requirements of school library media centers including the assignment of appropriate subject headings.

3. Based on familiarity with requirements of school media centers and courses of study, anticipates probable demand for individual titles representing all media types.

4. Prepares classification and cataloging reference materials and aids; assists school media specialists and assistants on questions involving procedures, routines, and best methods for implementing processing center standards.

5. Searches for bibliographic information.

6. Answers questions and problems concerning cataloging that arise in the processing center; instructs clerical staff on the procedures for preparing cataloging copy and related matters; instructs media specialist on uses of the combined automated buying and cataloging system (BATAS & Mini-MARC).

7. Performs related work as required.

Class Established: 1/70
Date(s) Revised: 1184, 7187, 7/92, 7/95, 6/2010, 7/11
Last Reviewed:

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