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Technical Services Librarian

Cornish College of the Arts
Job Location:
Seattle, Washington

The Cornish College of the Arts Library is seeking an enthusiastic, service-oriented, and collaborative Technical Services Librarian to join its staff of 3 serving the visual and performing artist community at the college. This position will be responsible for cataloging and processing in addition to working with patrons at the reference desk. We welcome candidates who bring a cultural competency to support students, staff and faculty of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities, and gender expressions.

This position works in the areas of acquisition and cataloging of new materials, technical services, and public service; provides reference services; manages interlibrary loan services; provides information literacy instruction as needed; and contributes to collection development.

Founded in 1914, Cornish has 9 departments and the library supports all of them with reference, resources, and instruction. Students take classes in Art, Dance, Design, Film, Interior Architecture, Music, Performance Production, and Theater. It is known for its faculty of practicing artists who bring the arts to their students through hands-on work as well as online courses.

The mission of Cornish is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. Cornish realizes this mission by offering baccalaureate studies in the performing and visual arts and by serving as a focal point in the community for public presentation, artistic criticism, participation and discussion of the arts.


  • Catalog and process materials
    • original and copy cataloging of books, scores, scripts, and sound/video recordings in MARC format using RDA cataloging standards; tools used include OCLC Connexion and the Koha cataloging module
    • maintaining catalog records
    • shelf-processing and labeling new materials for collection
  • Process acquisitions
    • placing orders for new materials as directed by the Director of Library Services
    • working with vendors to resolve transaction problems such as returns, claims, and billing questions
    • creating order records in the acquisitions module of Koha when new titles have been ordered
    • working in the Koha acquisitions module
    • reconciling library charges with charges in the library accounting system.
  • Process serials
    • checking-in serials in Koha, monitoring title changes, and issuing claims in EbscoNet
    • setting up subscription records in Koha serials module; importing serials catalog records 
    • submitting new subscription orders to vendors
    • processing annual renewal list with the Director of Library Services
  • Manage Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL)
    • coordinating incoming ILL requests; 
    • processing of ILL transactions using OCLC WorldShare software
    • managing ILL records in Koha; maintaining and compiling ILL statistics 
    • monitoring library postage budget
  • Maintain and compile statistics in areas of responsibility
  • Participate with other librarians in providing reference service
    • assisting patrons with the library catalog, researching databases, web searching, and developing search strategies
    • assisting with copy machine, library lab computers, printers, audiovisual and media equipment, and other public service equipment as added to the library
  • Provide back up coverage for the circulation desk and shelves as needed
  • Work with the Access Services Librarian to direct Library Assistants on a variety of daily tasks 
  • Prepare library materials for bindery; maintain bindery records
  • Order office supplies and monitors the supplies budget
  • Serve as backup to Access Services Librarian for processing reserves as needed
  • Write and maintain procedures for areas of responsibility
  • Perform opening and closing procedures as needed 
  • Provide essential services backup as needed when other library staff are on leave
  • Complete other tasks and special projects as assigned by the Library Director

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS or MLIS) from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program
  • Undergraduate and/or advanced degree in the arts, humanities, or other creative field or demonstrated, comparable level of subject proficiency
  • Two years of recent MARC-based cataloging experience using RDA cataloging standards and using software such as OCLC Connexion including original cataloging experience
  • Two years Reference experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work with computers in a networked or cloud-based environment, including working with integrated library systems, online public access catalogs, Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and standard office equipment
  • Demonstrated commitment to antiracist and inclusive information work including an awareness of how bias in library systems (including cataloging and acquisitions) can lead to underrepresentation in collections and misrepresentation in catalogs
  • A strong commitment to excellence in public service and the ability to work effectively in a collaborative and culturally diverse environment
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong service orientation
  • Must pass background check

Preferred Qualifications

  • Formal music or arts education
  • Associate degree in library technology
  • Knowledge of contemporary and experimental performing and/or visual arts
  •  At least two years of professional experience working in an academic or arts library, including a demonstrated broad knowledge of library materials and resources related to the visual and performing arts
  • Experience working with the ILS Koha
  • Basic ability to read music and experience in cataloging music
  • Some background in another language

Department: Library
Reports To: Director of Library Services
Supervises: n/a
Classification: Non-exempt; Full Time
Pay: $22.58/hour
Work Schedule: Year-round, Mon-Fri, Full Time. 7:30am – 4:00pm

Application Procedures

Please submit the following items to our email,

1) Cover Letter or Letter of Interest

2) Resume or C.V.

3) Cornish Employment Application Form

Equal Opportunity Statement

Cornish commits to demonstrating respect for individual expression and integrity; to promoting the equality of opportunity and rights of all persons within the community and to actively encouraging and maintaining the representation and inclusion of diverse cultures and backgrounds within the student body, faculty, staff and curricula.

We believe that diversity refers to a number of human qualities and characteristics. National origin, race, gender, age, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation and disabilities are characteristics that combine in unique ways, forming the multiple identities we all hold. Those diverse characteristics contribute positively to the environment of Cornish and to an education that accurately reflects and contributes to the complex interplay of art, culture and society.

We hold ourselves responsible to fulfill the mission of Cornish by preparing students “to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators,” and believe that the mission is best served by actively cultivating a positive environment in which to explore and express the diverse perspectives of a pluralistic society.

Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.

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