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Employment Opportunities

Cataloging & Metadata Librarian

(posted 09/12/2016)

The Mechanics' Institute seeks a creative, energetic, team player who demonstrates a superior ability to multitask in both the technical and public services departments.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Creates or enhances original, complex, and copy cataloging of resources in all formats following national standards and local practices using III's Millennium ILS, OCLC Connexion, RDA, MARC, Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), and Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC).
  • Uses OCLC's Connexion for original cataloging, searching for bibliographic records, holdings maintenance, and exporting bibliographic records.
  • Catalogs and classifies special projects that focus on targeted collection areas to improve access, or retrospective editing of existing items to meet current standards.
  • Is responsible for the creation and maintenance of non-MARC metadata.
  • Establishes and verifies name, title, subject authority entries in conjunction with OCLC and Library of Congress authority files.
  • Provides reference services and teaches library instruction classes.
  • Manages assigned areas of the Library collection.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • ALA-accredited MLIS.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of MARC, RDA, AACR2, DDC, and LCSH.
  • Experience working with an ILS, preferably Millennium.
  • Experience working with OCLC Connexion and MarcEdit.
  • Familiarity with archives and archival standards such as EAD and DACS is a plus.
  • Excellent customer service aptitude and the ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Commitment to professional development and staying current with trends and developments in cataloging, metadata and the library profession.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • This is a full time exempt position.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • Comprehensive benefits package.
  • Early career librarians are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

  • Send cover letter and resume to and include "Cataloging & Metadata Librarian" in the subject line.
  • Position will remain open until filled. First review of applications to begin Monday, September 26.

About the Mechanics’ Institute:

Photograph of the staircase at the Mechanics' Institute building

The Mechanics’ Institute was created in 1854 and has become one of San Francisco’s enduring cultural institutions. The San Francisco Chronicle recently called the Mechanics’ Institute a “vibrant cultural oasis”, reflecting our new energy as a literary and cultural hub for the Bay Area. Located downtown, the Institute owns its building at 57 Post, has 4,800 members and serves individuals and families throughout the Bay Area, offering a world-class library, the oldest chess club in the United States, and a full calendar of engaging cultural events.