Rare Books Cataloger

Location: Dallas, TX
Date Posted: 08-01-2017
Find the perfect opportunity to demonstrate your bibliographical research and writing abilities by applying your real world book trade or library knowledge and experience in our unique environment! Heritage Auctions (HA.com) is #1 in the collectibles auction field and our auction categories include coins, sports, comics, historical, entertainment and music… and many more!
 
SUMMARY: Our Rare Books Department is seeking a Cataloger to assist with research and descriptions of rare books, manuscripts, prints, maps and related collectibles material for preparation of auction catalogs and other duties as assigned.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Create catalog descriptions for rare books, historical manuscripts, prints, maps and related materials for upcoming auctions in the Rare Books department
  • Effectively research and make inquiries necessary to gather factual information for descriptions
  • Collate texts from the hand-press period.
  • Use and cite appropriate reference material.
  • Provide editorial support and review images for catalog production
  • Prioritize lots based on anticipated values and determine the appropriate length of associated description copy
  • Answer questions from prospective bidders about lots as potential purchases
  • Able to lift boxes of material, up to 50 pounds
 
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
  • Bachelor’s degree required, MLIS degree preferred
  • Major in English or History preferred
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in a library setting or the rare book trade
  • Familiarity with the vocabulary of the rare book trade
  • Ability to read foreign languages a bonus, especially French, German, Latin, Greek
  • This position is for an experienced cataloger with demonstrated abilities
 
SKILLS & ABILITIES:
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, specifically Word and Excel
  • Ability to multitask and pay great attention to detail
  • Demonstrated prioritization skills and ability to meet weekly deadlines
 
PHYSICAL & MENTAL DEMANDS: To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to withstand long periods of sitting/standing, looking at a computer monitor, and phone handling on a daily basis. Individual may occasionally lift up to 50 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Individual must be able to work in a fast-paced team environment.
 
 
We are a non-smoking company and also require that all applicants submit to a drug screen and background check.
 
Heritage Auctions welcomes and encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, mature workers and persons with disabilities. EOE
 
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