Assistant/Associate Librarian, Cataloging and Metadata

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 09, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Title
Assistant/Associate Librarian, Cataloging and Metadata

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Library Operations Staff

Proposed Minimum Salary

Job Location
Corpus Christi, Texas

Job Type

Job Description

The Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) invites applications for a Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at the rank of Assistant or Associate Librarian. This position supervises all aspects of cataloging in the library, primarily using MARC and RDA. The Cataloging and Metadata Librarian works collaboratively with other librarians and departments, including Special Collections and Archives, to ensure discoverability of library resources. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working with both physical and electronic resources, and will demonstrate an understanding of how cataloging relates to excellent service to the university's students, faculty, and staff. This is a non-tenure track faculty librarian position. Faculty rank will be determined upon qualifications.

  • Works collaboratively with all departments of the library to ensure the timely and effective online discovery of the library's print, non-print, electronic, and special collections materials. Oversees the cataloging of materials for the Bell Library and Driscoll Children's Hospital library. Performs original and complex copy cataloging using the library's integrated library system and associated tools, in combination with current cataloging/metadata standards and practices.
  • Provides leadership in establishing library policies and procedures governing the creation and maintenance of catalog records and metadata to facilitate discovery and access. Creates and maintains cataloging templates in the ILS. Works closely with colleagues to evaluate and document policies and procedures for cataloging, catalog maintenance, and creation of non-MARC metadata. Assists in developing goals and objectives for cataloging within the overall context of department and library goals and objectives.
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining import profiles for loading vendor-supplied catalog records. Works with Library Technology Services and vendor technical support to develop procedures for importing/exporting, batch data processing, publishing, and integrating records from multiple sources in MARC and non-MARC schema.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of existing and emerging cataloging and metadata standards, tools, and best practices, as well as developments in interoperability. Provides leadership in the library's implementation of new cataloging and metadata standards.
  • Collaborates with Special Collections & Archives and other applicable library units to identify and execute projects to improve discoverability of the library's unique collections.
  • Provides training for staff with cataloging responsibilities, including preparation of documentation related to cataloging and catalog maintenance functions in consultation with the Director of Resource Management & Discovery.
  • Responsible for the accuracy and integrity of the library catalog.
  • Provides library reference services in person, by phone, and online, as needed.
  • Serves as a subject liaison and participates in subject-specific collection development and departmental liaison work, including providing subject-specific information literacy instruction, providing research consultations, maintaining subject guides, and creating online point-of-need tutorials as needed. Assists with first year instruction, particularly in subject area learning communities, and instruction in upper level courses in liaison areas.
  • Participates in scholarly/creative activities and serves on library, university, and/or professional committees.
  • Increases professional competence through formal and/or informal study and professional development activities.
  • Supervises 1 full-time employee.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

The Mary and Jeff Bell Library provides resources and services to assist users with their research and information needs. Over ½ million physical items,over 300 online databases and over 150,000 print and electronic journals through subscriptions and full-text databases contain scholarly material to assist students in completing research projects or assignments. The Library provides both in-person and virtual reference service, research skills and information literacy instruction, interlibrary loan, an I-Create makerspace lab, and over 170 computers for research and coursework. Special Collections and Archives houses a wealth of resources focusing on Corpus Christi, the Coastal Bend, and South Texas.

Required Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in library science (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • At least two (2) years of recent, full-time cataloging experience, including experience performing original and complex copy cataloging of library materials.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience applying cataloging standards and practices, such as RDA, MARC 21 format, LC Classification, authority control, etc. Ability to implement new cataloging standards and/or procedures.
  • Experience managing vendor-supplied catalog records (bulk imports, etc.).
  • Demonstrated understanding of LRM (FRBR/FRAD/FRSAD) principles.
  • Strong service orientation and awareness of end-user experience and needs in relation to catalog records and cataloging procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to changes in work environment, including learning new software tools.
  • Understanding of emerging trends in cataloging, technical services, and academic libraries.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply creative and critical thinking skills to analyze problems and procedures.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working as a cataloger in an academic library.
  • Experience using standard cataloging tools such as OCLC Connexion, Classification Web, and RDA Toolkit.
  • Experience cataloging special collections books and materials.
  • Experience using Alma library management system, including the use of import profiles.
  • Experience batch processing MARC records, including batch loading and/or batch editing, using MarcEdit, Alma normalization rules, or similar tools.
  • Experience evaluating metadata standards and determining appropriate standards for projects and collections.
  • Understanding of metadata issues related to the discovery of academic resources with web-based search platforms (e.g., Summon, Primo, EDS).
  • Demonstrated understanding of principles of Linked Data and RDF as they relate to cataloging.
  • Experience cataloging with Dublin Core or other non-MARC metadata schema.
  • Proficiency with MS Excel.
  • Experience teaching information literacy skills.


All required documentation must be submitted to be considered for the position.

A completed application will include:

1. Cover Letter

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Three professional references including name, address, title, telephone number, and email addresses- including a current or previous supervisor.

The job posting will remain open until a finalist has been selected. Review of applications will begin Monday, April 26, 2021.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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