Cataloging Librarian

San Antonio, TX
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Created: October 5, 2018


Job Description:

The cataloging librarian oversees and preserves the quality of the library catalog by maintaining bibliographic and authority records in the Integrated Library System (ILS). Catalogs library materials according to current standards and rules to enable their identification, access, and use. Provides leadership in the organization of and access to monographs, serials, and media in all formats. Keeps an accurate inventory of the library's print and electronic holdings.  Provides statistical reports. Collaborates with other library departments and staff. Design, initiate, and lead projects and bring them to closure. The Cataloger reports to Assistant Director of Systems and Metadata.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage the cataloging of new materials for the library collection, with personal responsibility for most original, non-DLC and rush cataloging. Duties include descriptive cataloging, assignment of call numbers and subject headings, verification of authorized headings, access points for digital material, and OCLC holdings.
  • Batch load vendor cataloging records and authority records.
  • Provide other cataloging support as needed, as well as special projects.
  • Delete discarded/weeded titles from the integrated library system.
  • Supervise cataloging technician.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of catalog data and metadata for resource discovery (quality control).
  • Remain current with metadata and cataloging standards and digital library development.
  • Participate in Technical Services work flow.
  • Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Systems and Metadata to ensure reliable access to library holdings.
  • Foster and maintain collaborative and collegial relationships with faculty and library staff.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Participate and assists in migration to OCLC WorldShare Management Services Platform.
  • Manage off-site storage of library materials.
  • Provide original cataloging of University theses and dissertations.
  • Work with vendors to supply quality cataloging records and shelf-ready books.
  • Assist with library strategic planning, development of library policies and procedures, and assessment of library goals.
  • Serve as collection development liaison with academic departments in assigned areas.
  • Provide reference duties as needed.
  • Serve on library, university and consortia committees.
  • Meet university expectations for scholarship.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Assistant Director of Systems and Metadata and the Director of the Library

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of cataloging rules, standards, and practices: to include MARC, RDA, OCLC, and LCSH.
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of office applications; the ability to learn and perform automated library systems tasks.
  • Familiarity with MarcEdit; knowledge of acquisitions and processing life cycle.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to set priorities and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to write clear, accurate process documentation and business communications.
  • Flexibility and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Leadership, interpersonal, team-building and organizational skills.

Education and Experience:

  • Master's Degree accredited by the American Library Association (required).
  • 3 years professional experience in Technical Services, including serials (preferred). 
  • Experience working with automated library systems (required). 

Additional Information:

For questions about the position contact:  Maria Cabaniss, Interim Dean of University Library & Archives (

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Published: Saturday, October 6, 2018 16:22 UTC

Last updated: Saturday, October 6, 2018 16:22 UTC