Assistant/Associate Professor - Catalog Librarian

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


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Cape Girardeau, MO


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Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

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Type of Library


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Job Description

Assistant or Associate Professor – Catalog Librarian
Full-Time, Tenure Track, 10 Month Position
Kent Library
Southeast Missouri State University

The Catalog Librarian position provides description of, discovery of and access to electronic and print library resources through creation of original metadata records for all library materials. Work includes cataloging of new general collection and Special Collections & Archives materials as well as retrospective projects. The catalog librarian ensures that titles are accurately described in the integrated library system (ILS) and other systems, such as OCLC, to facilitate discovery and access by university students, faculty and staff and guest users.

The catalog librarian manages cataloging unit operations and supervises assigned staff. Unit operations include creation and maintenance of materials records, prompt access to newly acquired resources and timely access and/or problem resolution. The librarian will provide leadership on cataloging unit workflow and improvements.

This position plays a key role in management of the ILS, in authority work for Southeast and other libraries in a shared catalog, and Southeast content in the MOBIUS union catalog. MOBIUS is a consortia of Missouri and Midwest libraries collaborating on resource sharing and acquisition.

The catalog librarian must establish and maintain a personal development program consistent with the promotion and tenure criteria for librarian effectiveness, scholarly activity, professional development and service to the library, the university and the community.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Maintain currency with national, regional and local cataloging policies, standards and practices
  • Maintain and/or establish Southeast Missouri State University cataloging policies and procedures and serve as the local resource person regarding cataloging and metadata
  • Create original cataloging for materials in Special Collections & Archives and the general collections
  • Manage the cataloging unit and supervise assigned staff
  • Train copy cataloger(s)
  • Participate in ILS management and provide leadership for cataloging functions
  • Share responsibility for working effectively with MOBIUS libraries
  • Serve as library liaison to assigned University academic department(s); liaison activities include but are not limited to: instruction, research consultations, departmental outreach, creating and maintaining LibGuides, collection resource review and collection development
  • Serve on library, university and professional committees

Additional Info & Requirements


Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree
  • Two years cataloging experience in an academic library
  • Experience with Resource Description & Access (RDA), MARC 21 and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
  • Experience with name, subject and uniform title authority work
  • Experience cataloging materials through a national bibliographic utility such as OCLC
  • Ability to create original bibliographic records and familiarity with MARC holdings records
  • Experience cataloging a variety of bibliographic and physical formats
  • Familiarity with, and an understanding of, national and international cataloging standards such as RDA and Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd edition (AACR2); MARC 21 Formats for Bibliographic Data; classification system such as Library of Congress Classification or Dewey Decimal Classification; Library of Congress Name Authorities; LSCH; CONSER Cataloging Manual (for Serials); and OCLC (or other utility) Bibliographic Formats and Standards
  • Experience with modifying/updating MARC records and complex copy cataloging practices
  • Skill in training copy catalogers
  • High level experience with an integrated library systems (ILS) (Kent Library has an Innovative Sierra system)
  • Understanding of ILS bibliographic, holdings and item records
  • Knowledge of large scale record loads and cross-walking Marc or non-Marc data into the ILS
  • Ability to participate in projects, planning and initiatives to establish and refine cataloging/metadata policies and procedures on both the library and consortium levels
  • Evidence of effective communication skills
  • Strong service orientation and flexibility
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work well as a member of a group and individually
  • Demonstrated commitment to collegiality when interacting with others
  • Ability to meet Kent Library’s and Southeast Missouri State University’s tenure and promotion requirements
  • Demonstrated commitment to a diverse work environment, including working with multi-cultural populations and an understanding of, and sensitivity to, issues affecting women and minorities

As a public regional university (with a graduate mission), Southeast Missouri State University seeks candidates with a commitment to excellent undergraduate and graduate education and student success within the framework of the teacher-scholar model. Successful candidates will contribute to the development of innovative curricula and delivery strategies, including traditional blended and online formats and participate in initiatives promoting student success, retention and degree completion. Applications of instructional technology and pedagogical research are supported through the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning and the Office of Online Learning.

The Community

University Facts:  Southeast Missouri State University is a comprehensive regional state university with seven colleges and schools, 11,500 students, and a faculty and staff of over 1,100. Southeast is a moderately selective institution, offers baccalaureate, maters, and specialist degrees, and participates in joint doctoral programs with the University of Missouri. Cape Girardeau, a historic city overlooking the Mississippi River, is the hub of a thriving county with a population of approximately 71,000. Serving a region of more than 500,000 people, it is the largest center for retail, medical, manufacturing, communications, and cultural activities between St. Louis and Memphis.

HR Info

Application Deadline:  The position is available January 2018 and will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by September 29, 2017

Required Information:  To apply, submit the following items online at:

  • Letter of interest addressing position qualifications
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts (official transcripts required when offer of employment accepted)
  • Name and contact information of three professional references

Posted Sep 1, 2017