Special Collections and Serials Cataloger -- University of Arkansas

Post date: April 6, 2022

Special Collections and Serials Cataloger

The University of Arkansas Libraries seek an experienced cataloging librarian to manage Special Collections and serials cataloging. Reporting to the Director of Content Services, the cataloger performs original and complex copy cataloging for print and electronic resources, including the Libraries’ digital collections. The cataloger collaborates with Special Collections and Archives, Digital Services, and other departments to ensure discoverability of library materials. The cataloger maintains knowledge of current and emerging cataloging and metadata standards, tools, and best practices, and contributes to departmental policies and procedures related to cataloging, catalog maintenance, and authority work. The cataloger is responsible for supervising the work of 2 full-time staff members and will serve on the leadership team for the Content Services Department.

Along with performance, this position includes research and creative work and service in keeping with the faculty requirements of the University of Arkansas. This position develops and disseminates a scholarly research agenda through publications, presentations, and other appropriate venues; participates in opportunities to serve the Libraries, university, and profession; and participates in professional development activities, including attending workshops, webinars, and conferences to augment existing training and skills.

Duties and Responsibilities: Performs original cataloging of monographs, serials, electronic resources, and rare book materials in a variety of languages and subject areas according to local and national standards (RDA, Library of Congress Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements, etc.). Manages copy cataloging for Special Collections materials and serials. Provides metadata support for digital projects in CONTENTdm. Contributes authority records to the local authority file and to the national Name Authority File (NAF) through the National Authority Cooperative Program (NACO). Creates and updates departmental documentation for cataloging and authority work. Stays informed of evolving cataloging and metadata trends, changes in best practices and standards, new cataloging software applications, and local technology changes. Participates in the development of local policies. Suggests ideas for improving workflows and creating efficiencies. Serves on the Content Services Leadership Group.

In the area of personnel management, responsible for hiring, development, and performance reviews for two FTE staff. Evaluates training needs and assists staff in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to improve job performance. Determines performance deficiencies and designs interventions. Assigns duties and projects, and monitors progress. Collaborates with other Content Services units and library departments to improve service.

Rank and Salary: Tenure-track, twelve-month faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian / Assistant Professor or Associate Librarian / Associate Professor. Starting salary: $55,000.

Benefits: Relocation allowance available. Benefits include TIAA or Fidelity Investments, 22 days of annual leave, tuition reduction, and health insurance.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent. Candidates who received international degrees in library and information science not accredited by ALA will need to submit the foreign credential evaluation determination.

  • A minimum of one year of experience with original cataloging

  • Knowledge of cataloging rare book materials in an academic library setting

  • Ability to communicate with multiple stakeholders across departments, including good written and oral communication skills

  • Demonstrated experience with MARC21, AACR2, RDA, DCRM(B), LC classification, and LCSH

  • Experience with OCLC and an integrated library system, such as Sierra or Alma/Primo

  • Familiarity with cataloging tools, such as Cataloger's Desktop, RDA Toolkit, or Classification Web

  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and organizational skills, including meeting project deadlines

  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate with others

  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Demonstrated commitment to building and supporting diversity

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two or more years of relevant professional cataloging or metadata experience in a mid- to large-sized academic or research library, or equivalent

  • Experience with serials cataloging, including original cataloging and the creation of detailed, accurate holdings records

  • Demonstrated relevant supervisory experience

  • Experience creating and editing authority records through NACO

  • Knowledge of batch loading of records and tools for manipulating bibliographic data, such as MarcEdit and OpenRefine

  • Demonstrated experience with non-MARC metadata standards, such as Dublin Core, MODS, or EAD

  • Working knowledge of one or more non-English languages

  • Experience in staff training and documenting technical processes


Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,600 students with 200+ academic programs. U of A students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent all 50 states and 120 countries.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life. Arkansas is a natural wonder of forests, mountains and lakes framed by picturesque rivers and streams. Some of the best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are a short drive from campus.

The University Libraries are poised to rethink our services, spaces, collections, and programs supporting our faculty, students, and the state of Arkansas. The University Libraries are comprised of Mullins Library and three branch libraries: Chemistry & Biochemistry, Fine Arts, Physics, as well as two storage facilities. Our libraries have a budget of approximately $15 million, and a workforce of 150 faculty, professional, and classified staff. For more information, please go to https://libraries.uark.edu/.

Application deadline and contact information. Individuals from underrepresented groups and women are encouraged to apply. Completed applications received by May 5, 2022, will receive full consideration. For the full posting or to apply, please go to https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS/job/Fayetteville/Special-Collections-and-Serials-Cataloger_R0010787. When completing your application, please upload the following: letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a list of three current references (names, addresses, emails, and telephone numbers). Candidates who received international degrees in library and information science not accredited by ALA will need to submit the foreign credential evaluation determination.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender, pregnancy, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.