Special Collections Cataloger


The Morgan Library & Museum invites applications for the position of Special Collections Cataloger. This position is central to the Morgan's cataloging and collections information operations, and will entail extensive work with the Morgan’s rich and varied holdings of rare printed materials, illuminated, historical and literary manuscripts, old master and contemporary drawings and prints, photographs, as well as music manuscripts and printed music. The Special Collections Cataloger will create records for curatorial collection items in a wide range of formats and languages in the Morgan's online collection catalog (CORSAIR) and in OCLC's WorldCat according to library descriptive and format standards and Morgan best practices. Reporting to the Manager of Collections Information and Library Systems, the position also contributes to metadata creation, enhancement, and remediation.

  • Bachelor's degree with a major in Humanities, Liberal Arts, or a related discipline
  • ALA-accredited Master's in Library and Information Studies
  • Experience as a professional cataloger in special collections is required
  • Knowledge of special collections cataloging standards (RDA, AACR2, DCRM, MARC21, LCSH, AAT, etc.)
  • Familiarity with authority control principles; experience with NACO and Wikidata preferred
  • Strong original cataloging skills preferred, especially those necessary to catalog early printed books, manuscripts, graphics, and ephemera
  • Experience with an online library system required, Voyager preferred
  • Familiarity with databases (MS Access, SQL), metadata transformation and remediation tools (MARCEdit, OpenRefine), scripting languages, and batch
  • record processing preferred
  • Proven research, analytical, and planning skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize tasks, and meet agreed-upon deadlines
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated initiative, attention to detail, judgment, and ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Engagement with new trends, emerging technologies, and critical concerns in cataloging, including bias in resource description and access practices
  • Working knowledge of at least one modern European language preferred

$55,000–$60,000, commensurate with experience; excellent benefits plan.

To apply: 

Interested applicants should email a cover letter with salary requirements and resume to Human Resources at cisjob@themorgan.org.

Important to note:

Vaccination Requirement
To ensure the overall health and safety of the Morgan Library & Museum campus and in accordance with New York City requirements, all newly hired employees of the Morgan are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, absent qualifying exemptions for medical, religious, or other reasons in accordance with applicable laws.

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