Team for Lead for Original Cataloging


The Resource Description department creates, maintains, and stewards metadata that enables users to discover and access library resources. We do this by providing inclusive description of library materials across a variety of formats and languages and by providing vision and oversight of related cataloging policies, practices, and training.  In addition, the department stewards bindery processes to ensure long-term preservation of and access to library resources.  This work all happens collaboratively within and across departments, and in conjunction with the wider Duke University Libraries (DUL) goal of transforming collecting, preservation, and access to knowledge resources for the Duke community and beyond.


As Team Lead for Original Cataloging, you will:


  *   Manage MARC-based in-house and vendor metadata creation and stewardship for the Libraries' general collections

  *   Collaborate to ensure ongoing maintenance of MARC metadata post-cataloging

  *   Collaborate with units responsible for rare materials, digital collections, and electronic resources

  *   Engage in Program for Cooperative Cataloging activities, in the development and implementation of the FOLIO open-source library management platform, and in exploring emerging data models


You will like this role if you:


  *   Are collaborative and enjoy working with a variety of people who represent a wide range of functional areas within and outside of DUL

  *   Enjoy working within documented standards to apply them to day-to-day work and projects, and to shape their near- and long-term inclusivity and sustainability

  *   Like using data to assess trends and to project ways in which cataloging activities can be most efficient and responsive to collection and user needs


You will thrive in this role if you have the following:


  *   Thorough experience with standards for description, including ways in which they must be transformed to be inclusive and to support emerging data models

  *   Experience setting goals and benchmarks to manage movement of materials through cataloging queues and successful completion of metadata maintenance projects

  *   Excellent communication skills, creativity, and the desire to foster both agency and common purpose among teams and their members


About Duke and Durham:

Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.


Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. We recognize that the workplace only truly flourishes with an active presence of different backgrounds and unique abilities. We value the unseen perspective, the unheard voice, and the unnoticed ideas. We hope to give a platform of growth and connection, where employees can be free to produce new ways of thinking to promote inclusion and respect for all. Duke University Libraries encourages an environment where shared goals are reached by exceptional individuals.


Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina.  Located halfway between the Great Smoky Mountains and the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, Durham is home to hundreds of restaurants, more than 40 annual festivals, Duke and North Carolina Central universities, art and science museums, world-class medical facilities, and a rapidly growing, richly diverse population. One of three cities that make up North Carolina's Research Triangle, Durham is known as a vibrant hub for innovation and technology, as well as an incubator of many successful start-ups. It is consistently ranked among the best places to live, do business, and retire. Learn more at

Duke University consistently ranks among the best employers in the country<,employees%20in%20the%20annual%20ranking.>. Duke offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at: .


To learn more, please go to  Anticipated salary range is $63,500-$75,000.  Position eligible for flexibility around hybrid (onsite/work-from-home) schedule.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applications received by September 27, 2021.




Rich Murray

Principal Cataloger

Catalog Librarian for Spanish and Portuguese Languages | Rare Books | Sequential Art

Duke University Libraries

Durham, North Carolina, USA

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