Rare Books Cataloguer

Full Time
Sydney NSW
Posted Today
Job description

Rate Books Cataloguer

Salary Classification: Librarian Grade 1($66,298) with a total remuneration package up to $74,148 per annum

Employment Status: Temporary Full Time, 18 months

Location: Sydney CBD

About the Australian Museum

The Australian Museum is located on the traditonal homelands of the Gadigal. the Australian Museum acknwoledges the Gaibal People as the traditional Owners and Custodians of the land, sky and waterways, paying respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

The Australian Museum (AM) operates within the NSW Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade, and is the first museum in Australia and was founded in 1827. The AM provides access, engagement and scientific research to increase our understanding of natural history and culture, particularly of the Australasian region. The AM holds more than 21 million objects of biological, geological and cultural collections and develops programs, exhibitions and school and community education initiatives onsite, online and offsite.

The AM mission is: To ignite wonder, inspire debate and drive change.

The AM vision is: To be a leading voice for the richness of life, the Earth and culture in Australia and the Pacific. We commit to transform the conversation around climate change, the environment and wildlife conservation; be a strong advocate for First Nations’ culture; and continue to develop world-leading science, collections, exhibitions and education programs.

For more information, visit the website.

The AM supports a diverse workforce and promotes applications from First Nation and Torres Strait Islander people. People with disabilities who meet the selection criteria are encouraged to apply; and where required, Australian Museum will implement reasonable adjustment consistent with industry standard.

About the role

The Rare Books Cataloguer works within the Australian Museum’s Collections Enhancement Project (CEP) and is responsible for cataloguing rare books and journals into the Library Management System to ensure they are discoverable in the local catalogue and Libraries Australia.

About you

We are seeking a Rare Books Cataloguer to work within the World Cultures, Archives and Library Team as part of the Australian Museum’s Collection Enhancement Project (CEP).

You will have:

  • The ability to work within set timeframes to achieve project outcomes

You may have:

  • Experience cataloguing rare books and other non-standard print material
  • Prior experience in special collections and archives

Essential Requirements:

  • Qualifications acceptable for librarian membership of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) or other qualifications and experience deemed to be equivalent.

Knowledge & Experience

  • Demonstrated experience in original and copy cataloguing of monographs and serials
  • Sound knowledge of library description and classification standards including MARC, RDA, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Dewey Decimal Classification, and AACR2 with the capacity to interpret them for non-standard material
  • Demonstrated experience in using Library Management Systems
  • Demonstrated experience using Libraries Australia
  • Understanding of the importance of cultural competencies in cataloguing material with First Nations content, and capacity to interpret and apply appropriate cataloguing terms to this material

The successful applicant will be subject to a national criminal records check.

More information about applying for a role in the public sector can be found on the I work for NSW page.

Applicants must submit:

  • A one to two page covering letter which outlines your suitability for the role.
  • Resume

Applicants will also be prompted to submit copies of their essential requirements in PDF format.

As part of the online application process, you will be prompted to answer two targeted questions.

  • Please give an example of a time in which you were required to complete a project within a set timeframe. How did you manage your work priorities to achieve a positive outcome? (350 words maximum)
  • Please give an example of a time you adapted an existing Libraries Australia record to catalogue a library item. (350 words maximum)


Enquiries: Vanessa Finney, Head of World Cultures, Archives and Library, [email protected]

It is a condition of employment at the Australian Museum that all employees, or prospective employees, be double vaccinated for COVID 19 or hold a valid medical exemption.

The Australian Museum welcomes applications from First Nation and Torres Strait Islander people, people from diverse cultural backgrounds and people with disability. Please indicate if you have any accessibility requirements in your application or speak with the contact person should you be called for an interview. We provide reasonable adjustment for people with a disability during the recruitment process and on employment.

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