Bismarck State College

Cataloging & Metadata Librarian

Bismarck, North Dakota
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Jan 20, 2021
Job Type
Full Time
Position Information

The Cataloging & Metadata Librarian performs original cataloging and advanced copy cataloging in all formats. This position is responsible for regularly updating content in the Library's integrated library system and discovery system.

Is directly accountable and responsible to the Director of Library Services.

  1. Responsible for performing within national standards, original and advanced copy cataloging of library materials in all formats, including description and subject analysis.
  1. Responsible for participating in the assessment of the collection and building and maintenance of the Library's subject authority files.
  1. Responsible for managing bibliographic control of catalog and special projects.
  1. Responsible for participating in the establishment of cataloging policies and writing documentation of procedures. Serves as resource to all library staff regarding cataloging issues.
  1. Responsible for maintaining the library's automation systems, including OCLC and the library's integrated library and discovery systems.
  1. Responsible for working collaboratively with library staff on the library's integrated system issues and other search and discovery tools. Maintains a commitment to service and quality with the library as part of ODIN's catalog network.


COMPENSATION: $50,000 + based on directly related experience. May be eligible for a salary increase after six months. Paid health insurance, life insurance, retirement, employee tuition waiver, spouse/dependent tuition discount. Click here for full employee benefits.

Position Description & Details


Technical Services - 35%
  1. Catalogs library materials according to the accepted academic library standards.
  1. Develops, evaluates and streamlines technical services policies and procedures.
  1. Maintains ODIN standards and policies.
  1. Maintains OCLC standards and policies.
  1. Adds, withdraws, and transfers library materials.
  1. Processes claims for late serial issues.
  1. Notifies campus community of new library materials.

Library systems - 25%
  1. Oversees library systems, including the integrated library system, the library's discovery system, and OCLC, by updating configurations, software and hardware; serves as contact for library systems offices and campus information services; trains staff; and generates reports and statistics.
  1. Activates newly acquired online resources and evaluates off-campus access to library online resources.
  1. Analyzes existing systems and recommends and implements modifications as appropriate.
  1. Investigates new and emerging applications and analyzes their applicability for the library.

Reference and Public Service - 20%
  1. Assists with providing reference, research, and circulation services to students, faculty, staff, and other library users in person, electronically, and by telephone.

General library support duties - 10%
  1. Maintains the local authority file.
  1. Conducts and supervises regular inventories of the library collections.
  1. Assists with collection development, compiles reports, and assists with deselection of library materials.
  1. Assists with delegated tasks associated with serials and interlibrary loan.
  1. Assists with development and maintenance of library web site and LibGuides.

Miscellaneous duties -- 10%
  1. Supports innovation, creativity and ideas to improve/enhance processes, functions, etc. in the department and as a whole for the college.
  2. Serves on appropriate committees.
  3. Performs other duties as assigned.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Continuously - 66-100% - Use hands dexterously, talk or hear.
  • Frequently - 34-66% - Stand, walk, or sit.
  • Occasionally - 1-33% - Reach with hands and arms, stoop/kneel/crouch or crawl, climb or balance, or lift up to 25 pounds.

This job description is not intended, and should not be construed, to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential to making fair pay decisions and for determining job performance.

Required Competencies

  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Knowledge of general cataloging forms, processes and techniques; knowledge of library computer systems, familiarity with basic cataloging standards and tools, specifically MARC bibliographic records, LC classification, RDA, LC rule interpretations, and LC subject heading practice.
  • Proficient in working knowledge of computer software programs i.e., Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, etc.), email and electronic calendar, and excellent keyboarding skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of patrons and colleagues.
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, aptitude for accuracy and detail, and strong commitment to public service.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and use appropriate judgment in handling information and records.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Recent professional experience in cataloging and database maintenance in an academic library setting.
  • Experience working with OCLC.

Applicant Materials Required

CLOSING DATE: This position will remain on the website until filled


To be considered by the search committee thoroughly complete the application and upload the following:
  • Fully completed application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Copies of transcripts (undergraduate and graduate).

Additional Information

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Bismarck State College does not provide sponsorships. BSC is an E-Verify Employer.

For more information or assistance contact: Human Resources (701) 224-5531. This position requires a criminal history record check.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Human Resources*Meadowlark Building*PO Box 5587*1700 Schafer St.*Bismarck, ND 58506-5587

701-224-5531*800-366-6888 (TTY Relay ND)

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

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