Job Description

Cataloging & Metadata Librarian (Library)
Danville, KY, United States of America


The Grace Doherty Library of Centre College invites applications for a Cataloging and Metadata Librarian. This position supervises all aspects of cataloging in the library, primarily using MARC and RDA. 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 students, faculty, and staff of Centre College. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and anti-racism.  This is a non-tenure track faculty librarian position

Essential Job Functions:

  • 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 Grace Doherty 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.
  • Creates name authority records according to NACO and other best practices.
  • Enhances subject access utilizing alternative thesauri, such as Homosaurus, to further the library’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Works with all departments of the library to establish 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.
  • Develops 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. Responsible for the accuracy and integrity of the library catalog.
  • Provides library reference services in person, by phone, and online, as needed, including providing information literacy instruction, providing research consultations, maintaining research guides, and creating online point-of-need tutorials as needed.
  • Participates in scholarly/creative activities and serves on library, college, and/or professional committees.
  • Demonstrates an appreciation of and commitment to further an inclusive culture for those of diverse backgrounds such as ability, age, class, ethnicity, faith, gender, neurodiversity, race and sexual orientation.   

Marginal Job Functions:

  • Contribute to the overall success of the department by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Job Skills / Requirements

Education and Experience

  • 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.
  • 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.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Experience working as a cataloger in an academic library.
  • Experience using standard cataloging tools such as OCLC Connexion, Classification Web, and RDA Toolkit.
  • Experience using an ILS, preferably Worldshare Managements Services (WMS) library management system, including the use of import profiles.
  • Experience batch processing MARC records, including batch loading and/or batch editing, using MarcEdit, WMS 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. 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.
  • Understanding of RDA guidelines and LC Policy Statements on constructing name access points.

Physical Requirements          

  • Sit for long periods of time.
  • Lift heavy materials, up to 60 lbs.
  • Climb, stoop, bend, carry, push/pull, and kneel when working with library materials.
  • See details of objects that are more than a few feet away.
  • Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects.
  • See differences between colors, shades, and brightness.
  • Use one or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects.

Education Requirements (Any)

Master's Degree Required

Additional Information / Benefits

Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan, Educational Assistance

This job reports to the Cataloging & Special Collections Librarian

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift, Some Weekends and Evenings.

Number of Openings for this position: 1