The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine is seeking a rare book cataloger. The Division holds one of the largest rare medical book collections in the world, with nearly 700 incunabula, hundreds of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, and over 70,000 printed items dating before 1801. Background in the history of medicine or with Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) is not required for the position, however.

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For more information, please contact Michael North, [email protected]. Vacancy Announcement

Announcement Number: NLM-03-0214 Series and Grade: GS-1410-11/12 Appointment Type(s) Permanent Tour of Duty: Full Time Salary: $ 48,451.00 – $ 75,492.00

Full Performance Level: GS-12 Opening/Close Date: 07/28/2003 – 08/18/2003 Organizational Location: National Library of Medicine (NLM) History of Medicine (HMD)

Job Location: Bethesda, MD

Description of Duties and Responsibilities: This position is located in the History of Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Library of Medicine. The History of Medicine Division maintains a pre-eminent collection of the world’s published medical literature, including manuscripts ranging in date from the eleventh century to present; fine prints and other graphic material from the fifteenth century to the present. Literature and manuscripts come from all over the world, but especially from North America, Europe, the Middle and Far East, and are found in a variety of languages.

The purpose of this position is to perform original cataloging including descriptive cataloging, subject cataloging, classification of literature and other related librarian duties involving the processing of complex historic materials.

Responsibilities of the position include: Performing the following professional level librarian duties involving independent original cataloging of historic materials. All bibliographic and authority records are created and modified using NLM’s online cataloging system.

Descriptive Cataloging: Does full descriptive cataloging of printed books published before 1914 and early manuscripts. Prepares name and series authority records in a NACO (National Coordinated Cataloging Operations) environment to be added to the NLM authority file and contributed to the National Authority File at the Library of Congress. Subject Cataloging: Selects appropriate subject headings to express the subject content of the publication. The subject is expressed by the use of a term or terms in the Library’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) vocabulary. Classifies literature: Selects and assigns a classification notation to represent the subject and/or form of the material.

As appropriate, utilizes a working knowledge of Latin, as well as other languages to recognize and interpret bibliographic data; perform subject analysis and use reference materials. Responsible for identifying additions and changes required for previously created bibliographic and authority records and performing the required maintenance.

Managing contracts and purchase orders.

Ability to read and comprehend written material in Latin, and in at least one of the following languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Russian, Arabic or Chinese.

Eligibility: This position is open to all qualified applicants.

U.S. citizenship is required.

This position has a full federal benefits package.

Attention: Sharon Longo (NLM-03-0214) National Institutes of Health NLM Human Resources Office 8600 Rockville Pike Building 38, Room 2N05 Bethesda,MD 20894

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