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Head of Cataloging

ULS Technical Services

University Library System

University of Pittsburgh



The University Library System is seeking an innovative and future-oriented leader for the Head of Cataloging, a full-time, faculty Librarian position in the ULS Technical Services Department. The successful candidate will provide leadership both in managing current staff and services and in collaboratively envisioning and implementing evolving services of this user-oriented department.


The Head of Cataloging positions the library to thrive in a linked, open and networked world of information discovery. Additionally, the incumbent supervises a unit responsible for cataloging at all levels and in all formats and languages and performs original cataloging within their area of expertise. This position reports to the Head of Technical Services.




·         Develops, oversees, and documents cataloging policies, priorities and procedures for the ULS that ensure effective and efficient description and discovery.

·         Provides leadership and management for the work of the Catalog Management Unit (CMU) in Technical Services. The CMU consists of four faculty librarians and four support staff that receive and catalog materials in all formats and all languages.

·         Creates guidelines and ensures quality control practices for copy cataloging done in other units.

·         Works closely with the Metadata and Discovery Unit to ensure proper application of appropriate standards and to help provide support for various data remediation projects.

·         Ensures best practices to provide excellent user-centered services.

·         Works in a collegial manner with colleagues in the ULS and in the Law and Health Sciences libraries, primarily by providing oversight and expertise on issues and activities with the University’s ILS cataloging module.


Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh are members of the faculty and are expected to demonstrate continuous professional development in addition to performing their specific responsibilities.  This expectation includes such activities as participating in and contributing to departmental, library and campus-wide committees or working groups as well as the profession at a regional, national, and/or international level, maintaining a broad awareness of current and emerging issues that affect their particular areas of expertise, participating in relevant publishing and presentation opportunities, and pursuing knowledge of professional trends and developments that can be applied to evolving research, services and collections.







·         MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited program or recognized equivalent.

·         Minimum of 3 years library experience at the professional level including experience with OCLC, the Library of Congress Classification System and Subject Headings, original and copy cataloging and classification in all formats, bibliographic utilities and integrated library systems, authority control and bibliographic record maintenance, and advanced knowledge of AACR2 and RDA cataloging rules.

·         Minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience.

·         Strong communication skills.

·         Demonstrated ability to be flexible, embrace ambiguity, adapt to change and successfully work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

·         Demonstrated strong planning and project management skills and experience.

·         Ability to identify problems, think creatively and carry out solutions independently or as part of a group or team, particularly when several priorities arise at the same time.

·         Broad knowledge of cataloging issues, trends, workflows, and best practices in an academic library.



·         Demonstrated ability to train staff.

·         Demonstrated ability to integrate technology into workflows.



The University of Pittsburgh Library System
The University of Pittsburgh's University Library System ( is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and contains over 4.7 million print and electronic volumes, including access to over 300,000 journals and 570 databases. The University Library System (ULS) consists of 14 libraries and employs 75 faculty librarians and 103 staff. In addition to the ULS, the University of Pittsburgh includes libraries for the health sciences and law school.

The ULS stands at the center of intellectual life at the University of Pittsburgh, fostering connections and knowledge creation and dissemination that help faculty, students, and researchers from around the world to excel in research, scholarship and creative expression. It supports and enhances faculty and student productivity through its extensive collections, innovative Open Access publishing, and user-centered focus.

The ULS has recently enacted a major organizational realignment and is currently aggressively hiring in many areas of strategic priority, including research support, digital scholarship and creation, entrepreneurship and innovation, as we are repositioning our services to respond to and anticipate changes in research, teaching, and learning. We are also in the midst of a top-to-bottom renovation of Hillman Library, the central library of the University of Pittsburgh campus which saw 1.9 million visitors in FY17.  The reinvented Hillman ( will be a light-filled home to spaces, from vibrant to serene, for digital making and exploration, showcasing unique collections, advancing academic study, and fostering energetic, collaborative exchange.

This is an exciting time to join the Pitt library system and contribute to envisioning the library of the future.

The University of Pittsburgh
Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh ( is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Today Pitt is an internationally recognized center of learning and research, strong in the arts and sciences and the professions. Pitt serves approximately 32,000 students, including more than 9,000 graduate students, in the 16 schools at the Pittsburgh campus and the four regional campuses. Pitt attracts, on average, more than $700 million in research funding every year.  It is also one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright students and scholars for the 2017-18 academic year (according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), and is among only 16 institutions in the country to be named a top producer in both the Fulbright U.S. Student and Scholar programs.  In 2018, for the second consecutive year, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings named Pitt as the best public university in the Northeastern United States.

The City of Pittsburgh
The city of Pittsburgh is located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the United States, Pittsburgh is recognized for its natural beauty and unique blend of cultural, education, and technological resources.  Additional information on the city of Pittsburgh can be found at:

Salary:  Commensurate with experience.  Comprehensive benefits package including one month vacation per year; excellent medical plans; TIAA/ Vanguard; and tuition assistance.

The ideal candidate will meet the criteria for appointment at Librarian II within the Expectation Stream for librarians (for additional information please see:


To apply, submit letter of application and CV with the names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references via email to:  Sharon McMasters, Personnel Coordinator ([log in to unmask])


Visa sponsorship is not offered with this position.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled; primary consideration will be given to those received by April 10, 2019.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled