Philadelphia, PA: Special Collections Cataloger, Temple University

The Temple University Libraries seek a librarian to lead ongoing cataloging of special collections material. Paley Library is the main library located on the main campus of Temple, a vibrant, urban research university with over 1,700 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that is among the most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and Philadelphia, visit

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, the Special Collections Cataloger creates, and leads other staff in creating, original and adaptive bibliographic records primarily for print special collections, and secondarily for other materials held by the Temple University Libraries.  The position requires production and editing of name and subject records and other quality assurance tasks for all collections represented in our integrated library system. The incumbent will:

Create original and complex adaptive bibliographic records for print monographs and serials and for other special collections materials, as well as special format and other materials in the general collection, using multiple online systems in accordance with accepted local practices and applicable national standards.

Maintain awareness of special collections and general cataloging issues and standards, metadata standards, and librarianship.

Manage workflows for other Cataloging staff working on special collections or related projects.

Work collaboratively with Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) and Cataloging staff to contribute to the creation and revision of procedures for cataloging special collections monographs and serials or other materials.

Work collaboratively with the SCRC Coordinator of Technical Services and Cataloging staff, as appropriate, to perform quality control on descriptive and other metadata associated with SCRC cataloging and other departmental production, including creation and management of controlled vocabularies.

Participate in quality assurance and dissemination of records to or through other national and international repositories such as DPLA and HathiTrust, using appropriate standards such as METS.

Describe digital resources using the appropriate metadata schemas, as assigned.

Catalog materials for circulating and other collections, as needed.

Oversee ongoing work of others as needed or assigned.

Participate in library-wide projects and activities and be active professionally. The incumbent also will be expected to meet requirements for contract renewals, promotion and regular appointment.

Required Education and Experience:

ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science and at least one year of cataloging experience.

Required Skills and Abilities:

Demonstrated Experience with OCLC bibliographic utility/Connexion interface

Demonstrated knowledge of current cataloging standards and data formats (RDA/FRBR/MARC21) as well as DCRM

Knowledge of LC authorities and RBMS vocabularies

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and work effectively and productively without direct supervision

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

Experience cataloging special collections materials in multiple languages, formats, and from various time periods

Experience with serials cataloging, particularly rare serials

Experience with Innovative Interfaces Millennium

Knowledge of one or more western European languages: especially Latin and German

NACO training/experience in creating authority records

Advanced degree or other academic background relevant to Temple University Libraries Collections

Knowledge of non-MARC metadata formats, standards, and schemata; for example: Dublin Core, METS, MODS, TEI, AAT
Prior attendance at Rare Book School or similar training


Competitive salary and benefits package, including relocation allowance.  Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply:

To apply for this position, please visit, click on Careers@Temple, and reference TU-17716.  For full consideration, please submit your completed electronic application, along with a cover letter and resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.

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