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Cataloging Librarian - Linda Hall Library

Location: USA - MO - Kansas City

The Linda Hall Library, one of the world’s foremost independent research libraries devoted to science, engineering, and technology, is hiring a Cataloging Librarian. Reporting to the Vice-President for Access and Digital Services, the Cataloging Librarian plays a vital role in describing, managing, and promoting one of the world’s most important science and technology collections.

Responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for original and complex copy cataloging.
  • Responsible for catalog maintenance, batch loading of records, and manipulation of current records for improved access.
  • In collaboration with colleagues in technical services and collections, identifies and implements cataloging projects to improve access to library materials for diverse audiences.
  • Supports initiatives related to digitization, special collections access, and other metadata-dependent activities to describe, manage, and share collections with users.
  • Participates in the development of department policies and procedures and assists in training Technical Services support staff.


  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent degree from a foreign institution.
  • Experience performing original or copy cataloging of print and non-print materials or completion of a cataloging class.
  • Experience cataloging with integrated library systems (ILS), preferably Ex Libris Alma and the OCLC bibliographic utility.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical and proactive problem solving, organizational, and project management skills.
  • Working knowledge of RDA, AACR2, DCRM(b), LCCS, LCSH, and MARC formats and standards.
  • Experience cataloging serials, standards, technical reports, and government documents primarily in English but in other languages as well.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of database maintenance issues in a research library resource management system and discovery interface.
  • Experience with metadata transformation and remediation tools, such as MARCEdit, OpenRefine, or scripting languages, batch record processing, and metadata crosswalks.
  • Awareness and engagement with new trends, emerging technologies, and critical concerns in cataloging and technical services, including bias in resource description and access practices.

Working Conditions:
Working conditions are normal for an office environment. The position requires the use of a computer, movement within the Library, and standing or sitting for extended periods.

Additional Information:
The position, depending on experience will pay between $60,000-$70,000 plus full benefits. This position is based in Kansas City, Missouri.

Application instructions:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates may respond via email to [email protected] or by fax to 816.926.8790. All applications should include a cover letter, resume, writing samples, and contact information for three references.


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