The incumbent of this position is a senior cataloger and serves as the Bibliographic Control Officer of the Bibliographic Control Section. The Bibliographic Control Officer (Librarian/Cataloger) performs the day-to-day operations of cataloging performed at the National Library Service and cataloging received from other agencies through maintenance of the NLS/BPD name and subject authority files and by review and editing of contributed records.
Performs original cataloging where a significant portion of the material requires interpretation, judgment, or problem solving by offering the best choice. Offers solutions on how to describe bibliographic elements that are not covered by cataloging rules, or require interpretation. Serves as a cataloging specialist in braille music and the foreign language collection. Re-examines and revises old material with emphasis on currency, usability, consistency, and accuracy in content and arrangement. Establishes and recommends new subject headings, with appropriate cross-references of local network materials for inclusion in the NLS/BPD subject authority file.
Analyzes material to determine its relationship to the existing collections, for proper main entry, and the need for added entries. Determines subject content and assigns to the catalog entry one of several subject headings. Performs content designation of newly created and updated bibliographic and name authority records, supplying tags, indicators, subfield codes, delimiters, and fixed and variable field information. Establishes new personal and corporate names and uniform titles, with appropriate cross references, for inclusion in the name authority file.
Provides initial intensive instruction and analyzes training needs and services of staff. Makes revisions as needed. Recommends additional aids to meet the needs of the training program. Resolves problems that arise in the training program. Adapts current methodologies and guidelines to accommodate unique training situations.
Initiates, establishes, and maintains professional relationships with librarians, cooperative partners, and other specialists in order to share resources and information as well as to coordinate workflow within the library. The Bibliographic Control Officer recommends changes in procedures, workflows, and tools. Recommends solutions or resolves important issues when precedents do not apply. Consults with section head to recommend changes to cataloging practices. Offers suggestions and advice to section head on operational and technical problems. Assists the section head in planning and implementing the following section activities: workflow procedures, section priorities, cataloging projects of an experimental nature, goal setting strategies for meeting section production goals. Regularly explains technical information to individuals or groups. Conducts tours, workshops, and orientation sessions for staff and visitors. Represents the organization at exhibits. Attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings in librarianship and other relevant fields for the purpose of professional development.
Monitors and coordinates system enhancements and upgrades. Provides training to staff and users on the PICS (Production Information Control System) and Voyager systems. Evaluates the system from both the library and user perspectives. Prepares critical analysis of information system performance, including problems with database content, computer operation, response time, and operating anomalies. Prepares system design recommendations.
Organizes and coordinates assignments that involve complex and novel or obscure problems and/or special requirements. Uses initiative and resourcefulness to deviate from or extend accepted methods, techniques, and practices. Recommends solutions or resolves important issues when precedents do not apply. Identifies areas for improvement in established methods. Develops and shares new information sources. Performs detailed analyses and evaluations of requests.
Manages electronic documents including the storage, retrieval, and exchange of information.