Job is Expired Assistant Library Curator

Nebraska State Historical Society / Lincoln, NE (1500 R Street)

Job deadline Apply by September 10th, 2012   Job salary $14.12 per hour   Job type of library Other   This job is located in Nebraska Nebraska

Job Description

Under limited supervision, provides professional library services in regard to classifying, processing, cataloging and otherwise describing and managing library materials. Supervision limited to work-study students, interns, or volunteers.

Work schedule: Flexible 20 hours per week Monday - Friday between 8:00 AM -5:00 PM

Utilizes computer applications to catalog, process and otherwise manage library materials, which may include preparation of specialized reports, file maintenance, etc. using CatExpress (OCLC) or other copy cataloging databases available on the Web. Uses approved methods (accepted practices of library science) to catalog, process and otherwise manage library materials, which may include one or more of the following: books, maps, serials, and other published materials. Employs research in the course of describing materials. Investigates and evaluates procedures and makes recommendations on ways to improve efficiency of user access to historical published materials emphasizing enhanced bibliographic records while preserving original material and data. Coordinates office operations and available resources to meet assignments. . Moves and lifts library materials. Verify or provide basic descriptive cataloging and entry points with MARC-tagging according to Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2) and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), as well as using a modified Dewey Decimal classification system with unique Cutter numbers. Contributes to the formulation and implementation of cataloging policies and procedures and assists in maintenance and enhancement of the online catalog, library inventory, and assessing outsourced cataloging work (Marcive). Performs complex and extensive original cataloging of various types of materials in traditional and newer formats using Mandarin cataloging system that includes established procedures and templates.

Knowledge of the library cataloging responsibilities assigned to the position; the organizational structure, mission, and activities of the employing agency; sources of information pertinent to the assigned duties; agency policy and procedures; the theories, principles and practices of library science and historical research methods (preferred). Ability to: formulate and recommend alternative courses of action to meet organizational/operational goals and objectives; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and public; give or receive and carry out written and oral supervision; express oneself effectively orally and in writing; use automated systems and other general office equipment to perform duties; organize and describe physical materials and their intellectual content. knowledge and experience with integrated library systems including online catalog management procedures/techniques; experience using a bibliographic utility (preferably OCLC); working knowledge of the application and interpretation of cataloging standards (AACR2 & LCSH); understanding of the principles of library authority control; accuracy, attention to detail and good organizational skills; ability to work independently as well as collaboratively. Desire: knowledge of Western U.S. History and a willingness to learn Nebraska history.

Description of Community

Required Education

  • Some College

Preferred Education

  • Master's Degree

Other Education Credentials

PREFERRED: MLS from an ALA accredited program or Bachelor's Degree/equivalent experience; knowledge of cataloging (MARC format and Dewey Decimal System) and metadata practices with preferred minimum of one to two years of up-to-date cataloging experience. Desire an awareness of current trends and emerging technologies in cataloging and bibliographic control.

Experience (years)

Required Preferred
Supervisor - 2
Professional 2 4
Library 2 4

Language Skills

  • Spanish is Not Required

Other Required/Preferred Skills & Experience

REQUIREMENTS: Post high school coursework/training in library science, history, museum studies or related field, and two years of experience in cataloging, processing or otherwise working with library/archives materials.

Application Requirements

Applications only accepted through State of Nebraska Job Website:
Job #05400207 Curator Assistant/Library/Archives
Office Located at: 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 94905, Lincoln, NE 68509-4905, 402-471-2075

HR Contact Information

Contact Cindy S. Drake, Library Curator for specific questions regarding job duties. 402-471-4786


Job Posting on NSHS website:

Masters Degree in a Program of Library and Information Science


Salary Wage Calculator $14.12 per hour

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Date Posted

August 16th, 2012

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