Technical Services Specialist for Cataloging

Amherst, MA
Jul 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Full-time, 35 hours per week, year round position, grade 18, hourly rate commensurate with experience and qualifications

The Technical Services Specialist for Cataloging edits bibliographic and item records in the online catalog for Amherst College users and worldwide library partners. Works closely with the Head of Cataloging to ensure timely turnaround, efficient workflows and high quality service for acquired materials. Trains and supervises student processing assistants. Participates fully as a member of the Technical Services department.

The Specialist takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Key Responsibilities

Copy Cataloging
  • Independently performs copy cataloging using bibliographic records in the online databases for books, films and sound recordings
  • Edits and updates records to conform to local practices, Five College policies, and national standards
  • Reviews call numbers and subject headings using Library of Congress databases
  • Responsible for solving more complex copy cataloging records from Acquisitions Section staff
  • Updates Library's holdings in international database on the web for Amherst community and researchers world-wide
  • Maintains working knowledge of library policies and procedures. Engages in departmental discussions about best practices and policy change, updates shared documentation as needed

Supervision of Student Assistant(s)
  • Trains students in creating labels for shelving materials using UMD-print software
  • Provides quality control for physical processing done by student assistants
  • Works collaboratively with Access staff to ensure a steady workflow of materials for the open stacks and expedites items requested for reserve or faculty/student research


  • Associate's Degree
  • Six months related experience
  • Impeccable attention to detail along with effective productivity
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Proficient computer skills and ability to learn new software

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 1-3 years of library experience
  • Experience or knowledge of cataloging or metadata
  • Familiarity with a foreign language
  • Experience supervising others and providing training

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (e-mail and/or telephone number) for three professional references. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.
Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 49 states, plus D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst a great place to work, learn and live!


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