Serials Cataloging-Librarian

State College, PA
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Created: September 15, 2021


The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invites applications and nominations for a full-time, tenure-line faculty appointment as Serials Cataloging Librarian in the Cataloging & Metadata Services Department.


The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence can be found by visiting Information about the University Libraries’ Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility efforts can be found by visiting


Position Summary

Reporting to the Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services (CMS), the Serials Cataloging Librarian is responsible for cataloging new serials (continuing resources: journals, periodicals, newspapers, open access titles), managing retrospective cataloging projects, as well as reviewing vendor serial records and licensed serial content. The Serials Cataloging Librarian works in concert with other faculty in the department in support of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging’s (PCC) constituent programs: NACO, SACO, CONSER, BIBCO.

As a full-time, tenure-line faculty librarian, the Serials Cataloging Librarian is expected to participate in library, college, and university governance and devote time to research, scholarly activity, and service to the University, the public, and the profession. Incoming faculty benefit from the strong mentoring program developed by the University Libraries to support incoming faculty in tenure-line appointments in fulfilling expectations in the areas of librarianship, research, and service.


Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Performs original and complex copy cataloging (bibliographic description, subject analysis, classification, and authority control) for serials in all formats. 
  • Serves as Penn State’s CONSER (Cooperative Online Serials Program) representative, contributes records to CONSER, and participates in the program’s initiatives and membership meetings. 
  • Serves more broadly as a PCC liaison, keeping a closer eye on PCC-related conversations and reporting back, and providing training as needed.
  • Provides consultation to the Cataloging & Metadata Services Department and serves as a Faculty Resource to the Serials Cataloging Team.  
  • Reviews vendor’s serial records and makes recommendations as to their utility and quality.
  • Catalogs open access serials as part of CONSER’s Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) initiative and in support of Penn State’s embrace of open access and open educational resources.
  • Supports a commitment to diversity and the library’s shared values. 
  • Engages in research, publication, and professional service as required of tenure track/tenured faculty. 


Required Qualifications:

  • Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Three to five years experience cataloging serials in an academic institution.
  • Familiarity with the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) and its standards.
  • Knowledge of cataloging and classification standards, including MARC21, RDA, CONSER, and LCC.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.
  • Reading knowledge of at least one non-English language.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous experience with CONSER.
  • Active engagement with authority work in NACO, including in-house training.
  • Experience working within a consortia (such as the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA)).
  • Familiarity with shared print arrangements.
  • Proficiency in languages other than English.



The Penn State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University's strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach. The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association of Research Libraries' investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve more than 6,400 faculty and 46,800 students at University Park, and approximately 97,500 students university wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, Digital Preservation Network, AP Trust, SPARC, CNI, the ACRL Diversity Alliance, and a number of other organizations.


The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day's drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit. For more information, please visit ( and (


Compensation and Rank: Tenure-line and salary dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Candidates for the rank of Assistant Librarian should possess a graduate degree in library or information studies or other appropriate degree; must have demonstrated potential ability as a librarian; and must have shown promise of growth in research and service.


Candidate for the rank of Associate Librarian should possess the same qualifications as the Assistant Librarian, demonstrate excellence in librarianship, show evidence of an established reputation in research, and have a strong record of service to the University and the profession.


Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges. In addition, faculty in the University Libraries are afforded funds for professional development travel annually. Faculty may be asked to travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events and those trips are reimbursed at full cost within limits established by the University.


Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online and uploaded at the same time at the time of application. Interested candidates should upload the following:

  • Letter of application including a diversity statement
  • Resume or vita
  • Names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses).

Review of applications will begin in September 2021 and continue until position is filled.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.



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Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. 

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