Description and Access Librarian— University of Oklahoma

Post date: Sep 23, 2021

The University of Oklahoma Libraries seeks to recruit a Description & Access Librarian. This position is responsible for original and complex cataloging in humanities and other related subjects, in a variety of languages in both print and non-print formats according to MARC, RDA, AACR2, LCPSs, LCRIs, LCSH, LC Classification, and BIBFRAME formats. In addition, the Description & Access Librarian works with name, series and subject authority control, and participates in special projects and other general assignments. This position works extensively with music resources and collaborates closely with the Fine Arts Library on same.

The University of Oklahoma Libraries is dedicated to building and fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable educational and work environment. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, veteran status and other protected status as required by applicable law.

Position Responsibilities

Description and Access

  • Performs original and complex copy cataloging in humanities, music, and other related subject areas

  • Assigns LC call numbers and LC subject headings

  • Performs authority work

  • Performs reclassification of titles as needed

  • Creates and revises metadata for digital objects in University Libraries repositories, using schemas such as Dublin Core and MODS

  • Identifies and pursues special projects in consultation with the Head of Description and Access

  • Works collaboratively within Description & Access and with other Libraries units to develop, implement, evaluate, and revise workflows relating to cataloging and metadata creation

  • Performs other duties as assigned

Professional and University Service

  • Participates in library and university committees and task forces related to primary job assignment and the university community as appropriate or assigned.

  • Serves and participates at the local, state, regional, national and international level in professional associations relating to the access, retrieval and management of serial and continuing resources.

  • Monitors trends and maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in bibliographic control, information organization, knowledge management, and metadata standards by participating in appropriate professional development and continuing education activities in the library, on campus, and within the library profession.

Required Qualifications

  • Required Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent of education & job-related experience

  • Required Experience: Minimum of 2 years of recent cataloging experience


  • Ability to work with others in respectful, equitable, and inclusive ways.

  • Working knowledge of description and access principles and standards, including RDA, AACR2, and NACO standards.

  • Proficiency with OCLC, LC classification and subject headings, and MARC formats.

  • Evidence of effective oral and written communication.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and to prioritize work effort.

  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to apply same to a collaborative environment that promotes the mission of the department and of the University Libraries.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited degree program in library or information science.

  • Experience with original cataloging of music-related resources such as scores and performance recordings.

  • Experience with ExLibris Alma.

  • Experience with Classification Web and Cataloger’s Desktop.

  • Familiarity with descriptive, structural, and administrative digital metadata types using schemas such as Dublin Core and MODS.

  • Experience or familiarity with linked data principles and BIBFRAME.

  • Experience in a large academic or research library.

  • Awareness of new technologies and standards and their impact on a rapidly changing scholarly communication landscape.

  • Broad understanding of repository and/or publishing platforms.

About University Libraries

As the intellectual crossroads of the university, the University of Oklahoma Libraries provides access to resources that fulfill the academic, research, artistic, scholarly, intellectual, and leadership mission of the university. The Libraries serve the university community by demonstrating our core values of diversity and inclusion, integrity, engagement, collaboration, learning, innovation, and agility. We seek to create excellence in the library experience, to support campus research and data stewardship, to build on the excellence of our special collections, and to promote scholarly communication. We invest in our organization by recruiting individuals committed to superior user experience and by actively strengthening and expanding our skills and capabilities.

The University of Oklahoma Libraries is the largest academic research library in the state of Oklahoma containing more than 5.4 million volumes (including 1.8 million eBooks), 3.6 million microform materials, over 300 databases, and 170,000 serials. Outstanding special collections include the History of Science Collections, with 100,000 volumes; the Western History Collections, with over 12,000 linear feet of manuscripts, 2 million photographs, 80,000 volumes, 2,700 sound recordings, 5,000 cartographic resources, and 580 works of art; the Harry W. Bass Business History Collections, with over 23,000 volumes; the John and Mary Nichols Rare Books and Special Collections, with over 12,000 volumes; and the Chinese Literature Translation Archive, which houses nearly 10,000 volumes and thousands of documents relating to translators of modern Chinese literature in the West.

The University of Oklahoma Libraries’ team consists of 17 library faculty, 56 professional staff, 37 classified staff, 27 graduate assistants and 185 student assistants. Facilities include the Bizzell Memorial Library located in the heart of campus, Monnet Hall, hosting the Western History Collections, and three branch libraries: Architecture Library, Youngblood Energy Library, and Fine Arts Library. Affiliated OU libraries, not within the administrative oversight of University Libraries, include: the Donald E. Pray Law Library on the Norman campus, Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library on the Oklahoma City campus, and the Schusterman Library on the Tulsa campus.

University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Greater Western Libraries Alliance, Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Newberry Library Consortium, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources, Council on Library and Information Resources, Digital Public Library of America, HathiTrust, Western Storage Trust, Open Textbook Network.

About the University

The University of Oklahoma serves the educational, cultural, economic, and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and Tulsa Schusterman Center. The university is home to over 31,000 students, more than 3,500 faculty and 8,000 staff across all three campuses, and is supported by a $2 billion budget and an endowment of $1.52 billion. In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1 nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No. 1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013.

The central campus and administrative offices of the University of Oklahoma are located in Norman, a city of more than 120,000 residents. Norman is often cited in “best places to live” rankings and is a culturally rich and vibrant community with outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living. See for more information about Norman. The state capital, Oklahoma City, is located 20 miles to the north. With over 1.35 million residents and a unique central plains heritage, the Oklahoma City metro is home to a diverse and lively array of arts, culture, dining, sports, and entertainment. For more information about Oklahoma City, see


All applications must include a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references. Hiring will be contingent upon submission of academic transcripts. To apply for this position, go to and search for job number 213209.

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services. For questions regarding non-discrimination policies, please visit OU Institutional Equity Office.