University of Pennsylvania JUDAICA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS CATALOGING LIBRARIAN in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Reference Number 50-29075


School Name University Library

Org Special Collections Library

Posted to the Web 07/12/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade 027

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule 9-5

Months 12

Position Length Ongoing

Position End Date

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Penn Libraries serve the world-class faculty and students of Penn’s 12 schools. The Libraries’ collections comprise more than 7 million volumes, over 100,000 journals, some 2 million digitized images, and extraordinary rare and unique materials that document the intellectual and cultural experience of ancient and modern civilizations. Through our collaborative relationships, we supplement Penn’s great local collections with physical access to the Center for Research Libraries (approximately 5 million items), the combined holdings of the Ivies (more than 70 million volumes), and exclusive electronic access to some 2 million public domain titles in the HathiTrust. Today, the Libraries play an instrumental role in developing new technologies for information discovery and dissemination and are noted for groundbreaking work in digital library design. To learn more about the Penn Libraries, visit


The Judaica Special Collections Cataloging Librarian will be responsible for original and complex cataloging of all rare Judaica materials, including all printed formats, codex and single-item manuscripts, archives and digital collections, held in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts and at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. The Judaica Special Collections Cataloging Librarian reports to the Director of the Special Collections Processing Center in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. This person will also communicate regularly with the Schottenstein-Jesselson Curator of Judaica Collections concerning a variety of collection-related responsibilities. In addition to cataloging all rare Judaica materials, the position will also accession these materials, independently define policies and best practices for the cataloging and processing of rare Judaica; independently establish cataloging priorities and workflows; and independently develop and implement special projects. This person will play a central role in division-wide strategic planning, and will work in collaboration with other divisions of the Library to develop innovative methods of describing and disseminating library material, reflecting the newest developments in the field. The Judaica Special Collections Cataloging Librarian will be expected to make innovative contributions to collections processing writ large, and represent Penn Libraries at national and international levels to report on and seek out innovative collaborative cataloging and digitization projects.


1) Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library science program and 3 to 5 years of related experience, or equivalent combination of experience and graduate education in a subject-related field, are required.2) Strong knowledge of the Hebrew, Yiddish, German and Latin languages, including rules for Romanization, as prescribed by the ALA-LC transliteration scheme for Hebrew.3) Demonstrated progressively-responsible experience cataloging rare materials in Hebrew and Yiddish4) Thorough knowledge of MARC21, AACR2, Library of Congress Rule Interpretations, Library of Congress Subject Headings and Classification and, if implemented, Resource Description & Access (RDA), EAD, and AT.5) Experience with bibliographic utilities, such as OCLC, and network-based tools, such as Cataloger’s Desktop and Classification Web.6) Facility in the use of computer applications.7) Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing effective work routines and procedures.8) Ability to work both independently and with others in a dynamic and collaborative work environment.9) Strong oral and written communication skills, with an excellent knowledge of English, including ability to understand, interpret and write complex documentation.Preferred:1) Minimum of three years’ experience in original cataloging.2) Supervisory experience, including supervision of non-professional staff.3) Reading knowledge of other languages.4) Familiarity with non-MARC metadata schemas.

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