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Catalog Librarian

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Work type: Administrative (Full Time)
Location: Marion, IN
Categories: Other

Job Title: Catalog Librarian

Reporting Relationship: Dean of University Libraries

Unit: IWU-Marion

Department: Library-IWU Marion

Campus Location: Jackson Library

Summary of Position:    The Catalog Librarian is responsible for cataloging University Libraries resources in all formats to ensure discovery of and access to print, digital, and multimedia items. Additionally, the Catalog Librarian collaborates to develop, maintain, and manage library collections.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform original and copy cataloging of library materials using appropriate cataloging standards such as MARC21, RDA, AACR2, or other established guidelines 
  • Assign Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), or other classification schemes to ensure consistent access points for users 
  • Ensure accuracy and completeness of bibliographic records, including descriptive metadata and subject analysis 
  • Maintain and enhance the library's online catalog (OPAC) by regularly updating bibliographic records, authority files, and holdings information 
  • Monitor database integrity and resolve any data quality issues to ensure reliable access to library resources
  • Collaborate with library staff to implement system updates, enhancements, and troubleshooting 
  • Manage authority control processes to ensure consistency and accuracy in names, subjects, and other access points
  • Establish and maintain authority records for personal names, corporate bodies, and uniform titles to facilitate resource discovery and retrieval
  • Stay informed about changes and updates in authority data and implement revisions as necessary 
  • Oversee metadata creation and maintenance for digital collections, institutional repositories, or other digital library initiatives 
  • Develop and implement metadata schemas and standards for digital resources to enhance discoverability and interoperability
  • Collaborate with digitization and repository staff to ensure consistency and quality of metadata across digital projects 
  • Develop and document cataloging policies, procedures, and best practices to guide staff in cataloging workflows and decision-making
  • Provide training and support to library staff on cataloging standards, tools, and practices 
  • Stay abreast of changes and developments in cataloging rules, standards, and technologies and communicate updates to relevant stakeholders 
  • Provide reference and assistance to library users in locating and accessing materials in the catalog 
  • Collaborate with subject specialists and liaisons to promote library collections and services through outreach activities, instruction sessions, and resource guides 
  • Participate in library committees, task forces, and projects to support user needs and advance library initiatives 
  • Engage in ongoing professional development activities, including attending conferences, workshops, and training sessions related to cataloging and metadata 
  • Contribute to the profession through research, publications, presentations, or participation in professional organizations 
  • Stay informed about emerging trends, technologies, and best practices in cataloging and metadata management 

Qualifications: According to Indiana Wesleyan University employment policy all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.


  • Completion of an ALA-accredited Master of Library Science (MLS) degree or its equivalent


  • Prior professional library experience, with a preference for academic or special library environments

Required Skills

  • Proficient in AACR2, RDA, LCSH, DDC classifications, USMARC formats, and metadata standards
  • Familiarity with or willingness to learn ILS Systems such as Alma Primo (Clarivate), Folio (EBSCO), and Sierra (III/Clarivate)
  • Strong attention to detail, coupled with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Adaptability to thrive in fast-paced, evolving environments
  • Proficiency in Office 365 and relevant Microsoft programs
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a team setting
  • Capable of managing multiple projects and priorities concurrently

Diversity Statement

IWU commits to create a community that reflects kingdom diversity. We will foster an intentional environment that exhibits honor, respect, and dignity. Acknowledging visible or invisible differences, our community authentically values each member’s earthly and eternal worth. We refute ignorance and isolation and embrace deliberate and courageous engagement.


As a religious educational institution operating under the auspices of The Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (42 U.S.C., Sections 2000e-1 and 2000e-2).

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.


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