Cataloging Technician IV

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Library Professionals, Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support

The University of Denver Libraries, comprised of the Main Library at the Anderson Academic Commons, a remote storage facility called the Hampden Center, and the Bonfils Stanton Music Library in the Newman Center, is a highly collaborative organization that serves a diverse population, ranging from our students, staff, and faculty to public and other academic patrons from the surrounding region. The Anderson Academic Commons is the campus centerpiece for collaborative teaching, learning, and engagement. The University of Denver Libraries are central to discovery and creative interaction among students and faculty, and provide collections, services, personnel, and systems that support the teaching and research programs of the University. The institution is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and inclusive faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.

Position Summary

This full-time position reports to the Coordinator of Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian, performs the highest-level cataloging, and is responsible for a variety of library tasks including complex edit, adaptive, and original cataloging in all formats. This position possesses an advanced understanding of cataloging rules, standards, and the ability to interpret overall library policy and procedures. Ability to resolve complex cataloging issues; contributes analysis and quality assessment of vendor supplied records; works independently to solve problems. This position also works closely with the Curator of Special Collections, subject-specialist librarians, and other staff to create enhanced bibliographic access to materials. Supervises and trains hourly cataloging staff as needed.

Essential Functions

  • Performs complex edit, adaptive, and original cataloging in all formats using a variety of resources in a multi-system, networked environment, and/or contributes to national bibliographic or authority databases following current MARC and RDA standards.
  • Performs complex edit, adaptive, and original cataloging for all serials following current MARC and RDA standards as defined by organizations such as CONSER.
  • Working independently, recognizes and solves problems related to bibliographic records including attached holdings and item records; checks and updates library holdings; performs a variety of additional database maintenance tasks.
  • Maintains a thorough knowledge and understanding of current cataloging rules, standards, and practices, including RDA, MARC, LCSH, LCC, and local cataloging practices and procedures.
  • Works on special projects related to cataloging and database maintenance, and other duties as assigned.
  • Supervises and trains hourly non-benefited cataloging staff as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Because the library acquires materials in a variety of foreign languages, working knowledge of foreign languages is an advantage.
  • Advanced knowledge of cataloging rules, standards, and practices with the ability to resolve complex cataloging problems.
  • Good judgment, problem-solving, and decision-making skills are needed to select and download appropriate records, to apply cataloging rules and practices correctly, and to ensure that records are accurately edited and fully accessible to patrons.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to follow established procedures and to perform work with great attention to detail.
  • Ability to use an automated library system and PC.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively in a team-based organization.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience working in a technical services or cataloging environment within a library or other equivalent institution.
  • High school diploma or GED.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with the Ex Libris Alma library services platform, OCLC, RDA and LC classification schemes and subject headings.
  • Experience cataloging specialized materials, including but not limited to non-monographic formats, musical scores, and serials.
  • Supervisory experience.

Working Environment

The Cataloging workplace is within the technical services area of an academic library and is a culturally diverse one. The department is highly automated with attention paid to ergonomics and safety. Employees have their own workstations equipped with easy access to local and national bibliographic utilities as well as resources via the Internet. Employees work collaboratively in a team-based organization. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Activities

Must be able to lift and move books; and move book trucks from one area to another. Must be able to sustain long periods of time (4+ hours) working at a computer terminal.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) October 7, 2022.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:

The salary grade for the position is 8.

Hourly Range:

The hourly range for the position is $22.75 - $23.50.


The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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