Jobs for Medievalists

Special Collections Cataloger, Cataloging and Metadata Services
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 Cataloging Librarian creates, and leads other staff in creating, original and adaptive bibliographic records to facilitate discovery of special collections and other materials held by the Temple University Libraries, primarily those in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC).  The position requires production and editing of name and subject records and other quality assurance tasks for all Temple University Libraries collections represented in our integrated library system.

  • Creates original adaptive bibliographic records for print monographs and serials and for other special collections materials using multiple online systems in accordance with accepted local practices and applicable national standards. Maintains awareness of special collections and general cataloging issues and standards, metadata standards, and librarianship.
  • Manages workflows for other Cataloging staff working on special collections or related projects.
  • Designs, implements, and documents policies and procedures for special collections materials and projects, in collaboration with SCRC and cataloging staff.
  • Performs quality control on descriptive and other metadata associated with special collections cataloging and other departmental production.
  • Joins cataloging and other Libraries staff to create authorized access points to increase the discoverability of our special collections resources.
  • Participates in library-wide projects and activities and is expected to be active professionally. The incumbent also will be expected to meet requirements for contract renewals, promotion and regular appointment.
  • Catalog materials for circulating and other collections, as needed.
  • Indirect supervision of other work, in the absence of department head or as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as may arise periodically and which are assigned.

Required Education and Experience:
ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library and information science and one year of experience cataloging special collections monographs and/or serials, including original cataloging.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated Experience with OCLC bibliographic utility/Connexion interface
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current cataloging standards and data formats (RDA/FRBR/MARC21.)
  • Knowledge of current rare materials cataloging (DCRM) and special vocabularies (RBMS vocabularies.)

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
  • Knowledge of Innovative Interfaces Millennium
  • Knowledge of one or more western European languages: especially Latin and/or 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. Salary range: $50-55k.

To apply:
To apply for this position, please visit, click on Careers@Temple, and reference TU-18264.  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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