Art transforms lives. It provokes us to think, to express, to explore our own creativity, to envision new possibilities. SFMOMA expanded the museum to provide a better experience for our visitors and a better home for our expanding collections, including the SFMOMA collection and the Fisher Collection, one of the finest collections of contemporary art in the world. The new SFMOMA, designed in collaboration with the architecture firm Snøhetta, opened May 14th 2016. With this project, we are transforming not just the museum's physical presence, but also our contributions to the community, enhancing SFMOMA's role as a place for learning, inspiration, and interaction for visitors from the Bay Area and beyond. We are making SFMOMA a magnet for contemporary art and for the audiences who will engage with it.

In coordination with the Head of the Research Library, Archives, and Records Management, the Cataloger is responsible for performing both original and copy-cataloging, creating individual bibliographic and holdings records in OCLC and importing them into the Library's on-line database, and supervising all activity associated with cataloging. The Cataloger has responsibility for AACR2r and RDA rule interpretation and application; adheres to existing standards and practices in all cataloging; and implements local practices where appropriate. The Cataloger must maintain a productivity level allowing for timely processing of new material, and should undertake retrospective and/or special cataloging projects as required. In conjunction with the Head of the Research Library, Archives, and Records Management, provides supervision of the Research Library and staff.


  • Original Cataloging. Perform complex original cataloging in all formats and in all Western European languages. Produce original MARC format catalog records in OCLC for monographs, serials, media, and multi-format items. Produce records in accordance with descriptive cataloging standards (AACR2r or RDA), data standards (MARC21) and established Library practices, utilizing LC classification and LCSH.
  • Copy Cataloging. Perform copy cataloging in all formats and all languages including non-Latin languages. Add holdings to OCLC and import bibliographic and holdings records to local catalog; upgrade, edit, and supplement copy whenever appropriate to meet Library standards and practices.
  • Authority Control. Provide consistent forms of names, titles, and subjects to bring related works and concepts together in the catalog.
  • Library Catalog Maintenance. Ensure quality and uniformity of bibliographic and holdings records. Correct catalog errors, add and withdraw copies and volumes, and perform other retrospective changes or upgrades to individual records as needed. With the Head of the Research Library, Archives, and Records Management and in consultation with the Library Technical Services & Systems Coordinator, perform global changes to existing records.
  • Volunteer Catalogers. Supervise, oversee, and monitor daily cataloging operations of Library staff and volunteer catalogers, making certain all operations follow Library standards and practices. Provide relevant training for Library staff and volunteer catalogers and schedule and coordinate all cataloging activity. Interview potential cataloging volunteers. Provide a friendly and challenging work environment for volunteers.
  • Daily Production & Special Projects. In coordination with the Head of the Research Library, Archives, and Records Management, maintain level of record production to ensure timely processing of library material. In coordination with the Head of the Research Library, Archives, and Records Management and in consultation with Library Technical Services & Systems Coordinator, undertake retrospective cataloging and other special projects, and ensure that projects are completed on time and within established parameters. Assist in other Library functions as directed by Head of the Research Library, Archives, and Records Management.
  • Procedures & Policies. Adhere to existing Library standards and practices of cataloging. In consultation with the Head of the Research Library, Archives, and Records Management, implement new procedures and policies in the cataloging operation and update or create documentation as needed. Adhere to all other Library procedures and policies, and offer advice when consulted in the creation of new ones.
  • Liaison. Act as liaison for Library within the Museum and with contacts in professional associations. Keep informed of changes in professional rules and practices, and advise other Library staff. Interact with internal/external contacts as required for performance of Library and Museum duties.


Education and Training: Completion of a four-year college or university program with a baccalaureate degree supplemented by an ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library or Information Science or equivalent experience.

Work Experience: 3-4 years original cataloging experience preferably in an art library or special collections environment; solid knowledge of AACR2r, MARC21, LCRI, LC classification, and LCSH. Familiarity with RDA and relevant authority files and thesauri. Proficiency with automated library systems and OCLC. Knowledge of art history, contemporary art, and working knowledge of one or more modern languages in addition to English preferred.

Skills and Abilities: Ability to pay careful and consistent attention to detail, prioritize work in accordance with library needs, be flexible and responsive to an evolving work environment, work independently and collaboratively, and communicate effectively with others.


Physical Demands: Manual dexterity is required to use library equipment and material resources. Ability to visually monitor the work and work areas is necessary. Ability to carry out physical maneuvers associated with library work that may include lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, kneeling, climbing, balancing, stooping, crouching, and reaching.

Special Environmental Factors: None


The Research Library serves Museum departments including curatorial, education, and collections, plus a variety of public patrons including students and faculty, collectors, and scholars. Library holdings of 68,000+ items can be found in the on-line catalog, LibraryWorld. Collections include over 80,000 books, artists' books, and exhibition catalogs, 250+ current serial titles, and extensive artists' files.

POSITION: Cataloger (Full-time)

DEPARTMENT: Research Library, Archives, and Records Management

SUPERVISOR: Head Librarian