Special Collections Cataloging Specialist

University of Arkansas

This position performs copy cataloging and original description of Special Collections monographic materials and verifies accuracy of OCLC cataloging records matching copy and checking name, series and classification number access points in the online catalog. The position creates original bibliographic description according to RDA cataloging rules; reviews original cataloging for the Special Collections cataloger, including monographic, electronic resources and manuscript collection titles before being added to the OCLC database and the Libraries online catalog; initially conducts problem resolution for Special Collections staff; performs database cleanup for change requests and materials returned from being circulated on-the-fly; completes other special projects when time is available or when necessity arises (e.g. theses and dissertation cleanup or recataloging collections); provides copy cataloging support to the Monographic Cataloging unit; catalogs Rush titles and Reference titles; and serves as backup for other copy catalogers.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.
Minimum Qualifications:

Formal education equivalent of a high school diploma
At least two years of experience in library services

Applicable equivalencies may be considered on the above qualifications.


Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or 4 years experience in a library environment or related field
Recent cataloging experience
Computer experience including but not limited to Alma and OCLC
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Good written and oral communication skills
Demonstrated ability to pay attention to details
Ability to work independently and to collaborate with others
Ability to prioritize work with competing demands and meet multiple deadlines

Additional Information:

Salary Information:
Required Documents to Apply:
List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), ResumeOptional Documents:
Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Proof of Veteran Status
Recruitment Contact Information:
Katharine Chandler, Special Collections and Serials Cataloger, [email protected]
All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:
Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.


The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.


The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University’s Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.


All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.