Position Announcement: Monographs Description Librarian, Duke University Libraries, Durham, North Carolina

The Monographs Description Librarian is responsible for original and copy cataloging of monographs in all formats, subjects, and languages in which there is competence.  S/He keeps abreast of standards and demonstrates a commitment to customer service and to collaborative work in support of discovery and access through team and departmental efforts and through active participation in projects.


∑      Performs original and complex copy cataloging of monographs in all formats, subjects, and languages for which there is competence; enhances or replaces OCLC records within established guidelines; assigns Library of Congress Classification call numbers; inputs and edits holdings and item information to ensure accuracy and completeness of information.

∑      Works collegially across departments in the Duke University Libraries (DUL), Rubenstein Library, and the professional school libraries to maintain good communication and relations among cataloging units, and to contribute to practices that maximize efficiency and provide a seamless discovery experience for users.

∑      Assists with planning and management of short and long-term cataloging projects and, including coordinating projects with other departments in the Duke University Libraries (DUL), Rubenstein Library, the professional school libraries, consortia partners (TRLN, Ivy Plus) and vendors.

∑      Actively participates in team, department, and division meetings and activities to contribute toward an environment that promotes inclusion, respect, trust, and accountability.

∑      Displays continuing growth in professional knowledge by taking an active interest in the profession as demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and/or service to the Libraries, the University, or the community in a professional capacity.

∑      Performs other related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to inclusion.

Required:  MLS from an ALA accredited program or equivalent combination of education and experience

Preferred: Advanced degree in a related field


∑      Familiarity with the use and application of RDA or other bibliographic description standards, subject analysis, and application of a standard classification system

∑      Experience with MARC bibliographic formats

∑      Reading knowledge of one language other than English

∑      Familiarity with at least one library utility and integrated library system (ILS)

∑      Experience performing copy cataloging in an academic setting

∑      Evidence of analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills

∑      Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills

∑      Awareness of trends and issues relative to library information technology and supported applications for bibliographic and authority metadata.


∑      Working knowledge of OCLC Connexion and an ILS such as Ex Librisí Aleph

∑      Prioritize language competencies in non-Roman languages particularly Arabic, Chinese, and/or Russian

∑      1-3 years of experience performing complex copy or original cataloging

∑      Experience leading or contributing to short and long-term projects

∑      Knowledge of Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) standards and programs

∑      Knowledge of BIBFRAME and other linked data initiatives; knowledge of non-MARC metadata standards

For more information, including instructions for applying, please see the full announcement at

Rich Murray
Catalog Librarian for Spanish & Portuguese Languages and Rare Books
Duke University Libraries
Durham, North Carolina
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