Catalog Librarian

Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

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Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Catalog Librarian

New Orleans, LA
Open Date:
Apr 27, 2022

The Catalog Librarian is responsible for original and complex copy cataloging in all formats and languages with an emphasis on special collections.  The incumbent will focus on both original cataloging and upgrades of existing minimal level bibliographic records to full level using national standards and local policies and procedures. The incumbent actively contributes and updates NACO, BIBCO, and CONSER records, and will serve as the Libraries’ liaison to CONSER or NACO.  Depending on experience, this position may serve as the primary authority for serials cataloging and oversees holdings guidelines and maintenance, or may be the authority for NACO work, depending on knowledge or experience.  Other cataloging projects may be assigned by the Head, Cataloging and Metadata. The librarian will resolve problems from other cataloging staff and participates in metadata quality control activities.  The Catalog Librarian is part of the Technical Services Division and reports to the Head, Cataloging and Metadata. 

* There are 2 Catalog Librarian positions available.


  • Performs original and complex copy cataloging using MARC21, RDA, LCSH, and LCC for monographs and serials in all formats and a variety of languages, adhering to national and local guidelines.
  • Assigns Library of Congress subject headings and classification numbers.
  • Contributes and updates NACO and BIBCO or CONSER records as part of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging.
  • Participates in cataloging projects and cataloging problem resolution as directed.
  • Plans, implements, and coordinates cataloging and holdings verification projects as appropriate.
  • Maintains knowledge of current description standards, and emerging metadata standards.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of cataloging policies and procedures.
  • Contributes to the work of the Tulane University Libraries, particularly Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, through service on committees, task forces, and other collaborative projects.
  • Participates in internal, regional, national, and international professional organizations and activities.




  • Master’s degree in library and information science or other graduate degree with demonstrated cataloging experience in a research or academic library.
  • 2 years of cataloging experience using RDA, LCSH, LCC, and MARC21 formats.


  • Experience using cataloging tools (e.g., OCLC Connexion) and an ILS or library services platform (e.g., Alma)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging workflows, including authority control and identity management.
  • Knowledge of discovery tools and metadata practices supporting discovery.
  • Knowledge of evolving resource description models, such as LRM and Bibframe.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze problems and identify solutions.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team environment with both cultural competence and cultural humility.
  • Evidence of commitment to inclusion and equity in information services provision.
  • Ability to meet Level I Core Competencies as defined here: see Core Technology Competencies


  • Experience with evaluation and implementing automation/data manipulation tools such as MarcEdit, OpenRefine, PyMARC, etc.
  • Experience with, or training for, creating/editing NACO records.
  • Knowledge of scripting languages such as Python.
  • Familiarity with serials management or experience with CONSER cataloging.
  • Advanced reading knowledge of a language other than English--French, preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development and growth

Application Instructions:

To ensure full consideration, applicants must submit a letter of application, resume, and the names with full contact information of at least three professional references.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Please Note: Tulane University has officially adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. All employees and visiting faculty must be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccination or obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption prior to beginning employment.

Tulane University is located in New Orleans - a city with tremendous history of diverse cultures, community, and languages. Tulane is actively building a campus culture grounded in our values of EDI and anti-racism. We seek and welcome candidate applications from historically underrepresented groups, such as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), women, LGBTQ+, and those living with disabilities as well as veterans. 

Tulane University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane University will not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

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