Principal Cataloger - #002929

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Posting NumberSHRA722PQuick Link for Internal Postings TitleUniversity Library SpecialistCompetency LevelAdvancedWorking TitlePrincipal Cataloger - #002929DepartmentOffice of the Dean - Hunter LibraryPosition Summary

This position assists with management of Unit: assigns materials to catalogers, resolves workflow problems, works with Unit Head to create new workflow and procedures as needed, and participates in documenting new workflow and procedures. The position also assists other staff with cataloging problems of all kinds; catalogs foreign language material, digital material, books, music, maps and other non-book materials as well as identifies and corrects problems in the WNCLN online catalog.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position

Ability to search and edit records in the Innovative Interfaces Sierra system; knowledge and experience with OCLC Connexion and the MARC format for books, serials, maps and other special formats, and the MARC format for authority records; knowledge and experience with applying cataloging rules such as RDA/LC-PCC PS and AACR2/LRI.

Ability to catalog and edit metadata records for digital collections items in CONTENTdm. Requires knowledge of and experience in applying Library of Congress Classification and the Library of Congress Classification and Shelf listing Manual; knowledge of and experience in applying Library of Congress Subject Headings, Genre headings, and using online tools such as Library of Congress Classification Web. Must have reading knowledge of a modern foreign language or experience with cataloging foreign language materials.

Must be able to perform work requiring accuracy and considerable attention to detail without close supervision. Must be able to work in a production oriented environment. Must have a proven ability to maintain effective working relations with coworkers and supervisor. Must be capable of providing training to catalogers. Must be capable of documenting cataloging procedures; developing workflows; evaluating the impact of new technology; participating in strategic planning; and project management. Must be capable of working with other professionals on committees and other venues.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from a four-year college or university and one year of experience in a library or archives and/or records management; or high school and five years experience in a library or archives and/or records management; or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience training staff; experience cataloging complex formats (e.g music scores, maps, realia); experience with cataloging software (e.g. III Sierra, OCLC Connexion, MarcEdit); knowledge of non-MARC metadata standards, including Dublin Core; experience with authority control.

Anticipated Hiring Range$45,648 - $48,880Position TypePermanent Full-TimeNumber of Hours per Week40Number of Months per Year12Salary Band Range$31,025 - $61,720Salary GradeFor administrative purposes during the implementation of Career Banding this advanced level posiiton is considered a Salary Grade 70.Open Date10/06/2020Close Date10/27/2020Open Until FilledNoSpecial Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must apply online in order to be considered.

Please include a cover letter, resume, and a list of references (with complete contact information).

Applicants must upload a DD-214 if claiming Veteran’s Preference.


If no applicants apply, who meet the required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities/Competencies and Training and Experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Effective October 1, 2015 all new hires into positions subject to the State Human Resources Act (SHRA) will serve a 12 month probationary period as defined by the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources (OSHR).


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

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Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

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Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume
  3. List of references
Optional Documents
  1. DD-214
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Posted: 10/7/2020
Application Due: 10/27/2020
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