Job Opportunity: Cataloging Assistant, Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton

We invite applications for the full-time Cataloging Assistant position. The regularly scheduled hours for this position will be primarily Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. A generous benefits package is offered, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, a retirement plan, and paid vacation and holidays.

The Cataloging Assistant is responsible for all aspects of providing accurate online and physical access to library materials.

Essential Duties:

– Performs original and copy cataloging of purchases and gifts in all formats, subjects, and languages for inclusion in the Library’s catalog, utilizing OCLC and following bibliographic format standards

– Evaluates information in OCLC bibliographic records to select best match with items and supplements records with descriptive and local holding information

– Creates and maintains holdings in local system and OCLC

– Assists in collection maintenance; revises online records to ensure quality control

– Handles “rush” requests for books and other materials as necessary

– Performs physical processing of materials (stamping, tagging, plating) when necessary

– Prepares damaged books for the bindery; processes books on return

– Maintains statistics for additions to and withdrawals from the collection

– Assumes responsibility in prioritization and decision making in the absence of the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

Additional Skills Required:

– Ability to work independently and to prioritize tasks according to the needs of the department

– Ability to think critically and problem solve

– High level of accuracy and close attention to detail

– Ability to multi-task

– Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form

– Excellent interpersonal skills and a willingness to work collaboratively

– Ability to lift heavy cartons of books (up to 40 lbs.), and push heavy book trucks throughout the library

– Must be able to respect, support and contribute to the University’s Catholic and Jesuit mission

Minimum Education and Job Experience Requirements:

Must possess a Bachelor’s degree at time of appointment. One year library work experience. Cataloging coursework or experience. Working knowledge of OCLC and MARC records. Working knowledge of any non-English language.

The University is a Catholic and Jesuit University animated by the spiritual vision and the tradition of excellence characteristic of the Society of Jesus and those who share in its way of proceeding.  The University is a community dedicated to the freedom of inquiry and personal development fundamental to the growth in wisdom and integrity of all who share it its life.  As a Catholic and Jesuit institution of nearly 4,000 undergraduate and more than 1,500 graduate students, The University of Scranton delivers a meaningful education that challenges its students morally, spiritually, and intellectually.

The University of Scranton is committed to providing a safe and nondiscriminatory employment and educational environment. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other status protected by law. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational, extracurricular, athletic, or other programs or in the context of employment. The University of Scranton is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator. Veterans, minority persons, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online at Please provide a resume, cover letter, and a list of three (3) references which include contact information. The position will close on August 19, 2019. Review of applications will begin on August 20, 2019.

For questions regarding this position, please contact the search committee chair: Marleen Cloutier, Assistant Professor, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, The University of Scranton, Weinberg Memorial Library,