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Non-Classified Opening

Library Cataloging Specialist

Non-Classified Classification

Boise State University

Open for Recruitment: February 14, 2018 - March 18, 2018
Announcement # NONCLS013873
Salary Range: $46,400 per year -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

SPECIAL NOTIFICATION:  This position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission.

Library Cataloging Specialist
Boise State University  
Boise State University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Boise State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We are a welcoming campus that supports diversity and inclusion.
Position Overview:
This exempt professional staff position improves the research of students, faculty, and staff by ensuring library materials are able to be discovered, identified, selected, and obtained. With minimal supervision the incumbent provides professional, thorough and cost-effective cataloging that meets the multiple national and international standards used by Albertsons Library; there are about a dozen standards used regularly. In addition, the incumbent will be able to answer cataloging questions without the need to refer them to the supervisor.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Original descriptive and subject cataloging and classification:
    • Determine bibliographic data for library materials through examination of those materials and then applying the international metadata content standards of RDA or AACR2 and the national interpretations of those standards, LC-PCC Policy Statements and Library of Congress Rule Interpretations respectively.
    • Analyze library materials for subject and create subject headings that meet Library of Congress Subject Heading requirements.
    • Determine appropriate subject classification and create call numbers using the Library of Congress Classification system or Dewey Decimal Classification system, depending on type of material.
    • Code the bibliographic and subject data for use and manipulation in two online databases: WorldCat, an international bibliographic database, and Boise State University Albertsons Library’s integrated library system.
Resolution of complex bibliographic problems for existing catalog database records:
    • Analyze and resolve complex bibliographic problems for existing catalog database records in both WorldCat and Boise State University Albertsons Library’s integrated library system or either one as needed.
    • Problem resolution can include:
      • Editing coding for correct database manipulation
      • Correcting and/or adding bibliographic data and/or subject data
      • Creating and/or updating location and item data
Access point record creation:
    • Provide and promote consistent access point data nationally by creating and coding records in the national authority database using Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) standards.
Cataloging Unit effectiveness and collection statistics:
    • Participate in improving the effectiveness of the Cataloging Unit by:
      • Developing effective and efficient workflows or improving existing workflows.
      • Planning and executing special cataloging assignments.
      • Contribute to the development of cataloging procedures and reports, including Cataloging Unit statistics.
      • Providing back up for cataloging formats/languages not usually handled.
    • Compile library collection statistics, as needed, through SQL queries of the integrated library system and manipulate data using Access or Excel or similar computer software to issue monthly and annual reports.
Professional development:
    • Maintain awareness of current trends and advances in bibliographic control and information organization and retrieval as well as library operations as a whole through activities such as reading current literature, pursuing educational opportunities, and participating in professional organizations.
The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
    • Ability to do original cataloging and complex copy cataloging of books using RDA and AACR2, applying appropriate LC-PCC policy statements, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and Library of Congress Classification. Experience would include using the Library of Congress Subject Headings Manual, the Classification and Shelflisting Manual and the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data.
    • Ability to solve bibliographic problems incorporating analytical skills.
    • Ability to think strategically, set priorities, use research tools and best practices, and manage responsibilities independently.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus 2 years demonstrated experience doing original cataloging using RDA (Resource Description and Access).
  • Demonstrated experience cataloging using Library of Congress Subject Headings.
  • Demonstrated experience cataloging using the Library of Congress Classification system.
  • Demonstrated experience with the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data.
  • Demonstrated experience with an integrated library system (ILS).

A cataloging skills assessment may be administered to the final candidates.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using OCLC’s Connexion Client.
  • Experience cataloging more than one material format.
  • Experience with the NACO arm of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC).
  • Experience cataloging in an academic or research library.
  • Experience using Ex Libris’s Voyager integrated library system.
  • Experience cataloging foreign language material and/or knowledge of one or more foreign language, preferably Basque, German or Spanish.
  • Experience cataloging using Dewey Decimal Classification.
  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited program.

Salary and benefits: Minimum salary is $46,400. Includes an excellent benefits package. Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

Application Instructions: Please follow the link to apply on our website: https://boisestate.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=180177&tz=GMT-07%3A00 

Please attach to your online application a cover letter that describes your interest and how you meet the qualifications above. Also attach a resume showing your work history, including dates of employment. Your cover letter and resume should support your answers to the application questionnaire.

Application Deadline: 11:59 pm on March 18, 2018.


At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.