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Cataloging Librarian - Acquisitions and Cataloging Services

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location:
Urbana, Illinois
Cataloging Librarian
Assistant or Associate Professor -
Open rank
University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign Library

Position Available: The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. This is a 100% twelve-month, tenure-system appointment

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Statement and EEO Statement: The University Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign values diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We are dedicated to the practices of social justice, diversity, and equality, and we strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society and embrace diverse points of view as assets to the fabric of our community. All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment in the Library and throughout the campus community, and we encourage candidates who share these values to apply.

Position Description: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library seeks an experienced and forward-thinking professional to serve in the position of Cataloging Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Acquisitions and Cataloging Services (ACS) unit, the incumbent serves as principal cataloger, devising, documenting, and promulgating cataloging policies and best practices for the Library. The Cataloging Librarian provides leadership within the Library for all cataloging policy decisions and workflow designs by collaborating with colleagues in the Library to assess ongoing cataloging needs. This position has faculty rank, and the incumbent will be expected to meet campus and Library requirements for tenure and promotion, including developing a record of research, publication, and professional service.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provides expertise in national cataloging standards to the Library;
  • Coordinates cataloging workflows within the unit and the Library;
  • Leads Library-wide cataloging projects;
  • Works with colleagues in the Library to create and maintain internal cataloging policies and workflow documentation;
  • Conducts cataloging training for library staff in other technical and public services units as needed;
  • Contributes and updates NACO and BIBCO-level records;
  • Creates original bibliographic records in all formats following national standards;
  • Supervises and guides cataloging staff members;
  • Participates in and leads consortial, national, and international bibliographic initiatives and research projects;
  • Provides leadership in ways that center equitable and inclusive practices, team-building, and mentoring skills;
  • Contributes to the national and international
    reputation of the Library through professional research, service, and
    collaboration with national colleagues and organizations
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent;
  • Minimum 2-3 years of working experience cataloging in a library technical services environment;
  • Demonstrated understanding of RDA, LC PCC Policy Statements, AACR2, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Classification systems, MARC 21 bibliographic formats, and BIBFRAME;
  • Familiarity with ExLibris Alma or similar integrated library system;
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a diverse community;
  • Evidence of the ability to do research, publication, and service consistent with University standards for tenure and promotion.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working in an academic or research library environment;
  • Experience with ExLibris Alma and Primo, especially working with resource management and analytics;
  • Working experience cataloging serials or special formats;
  • Experience designing or updating cataloging workflows;
  • Experience supervising employees;
  • Knowledge of foreign languages;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple cataloging projects;
  • Demonstrated initiative and proven ability to learn new technologies and adapt to developments in the profession
  • Knowledge of Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM), and Encoded Archival Description (EAD) standards.
Appointment Information

Environment:The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Library is a leader in the delivery of user services, and active programs in information, instructional, access, and scholarly services which help the Library to maintain its place at the intellectual heart of the campus. The Library also holds one of the preeminent research collections in the world, encompassing more than 13 million volumes and a total of more than 23 million items. The Library is committed to maintaining the strongest collections and service programs possible, and to engaging in research, development, and scholarly practice - all of which support the University's missions of teaching, research, and public engagement. The Library employs approximately 90 faculty members, and more than 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. For more information, see:

Salary and rank:Minimum starting salary for faculty positions in the Library is $60,000 and is commensurate with credentials and experience.

Librarians have faculty rank, and must demonstrate excellence in librarianship, research, and university/professional/community service in order to meet university standards for tenure and promotion. Library faculty have an obligation to remain professionally informed, to pursue the discovery of new knowledge related to their field of expertise, to disseminate the results of their scholarly work, and to seek opportunities for service to the Library, campus, state, nation and profession. Library faculty are governed by University statements on review and promotion found in Article IX of theStatutes, and in Provost's Communication No. 9 and Provost's Communication No. 13 For more information on library tenure and promotion, see

Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days;
11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an
additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year;
health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee (with the
option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required participation
in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld
and is refundable upon termination), with several options for participation in
additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare
portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.

Campus and Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a
comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research
University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in
1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields
of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public
service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve
31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students;
approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for
excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at

The University is
located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined
population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120
miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and
its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment
ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more
information about the community, visit: or

Application Procedures & Deadline Information

Applications must be received by 08/29/2022. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact 217-333-8169. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

Requisition ID: 1009898

Job Category: Faculty

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