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Description & Access Librarian

Description & Access Librarian

University of Oklahoma Libraries Job Location: Oklahoma Apply By: Open until filled Date Created: 09-16-2021

The University of Oklahoma Libraries seeks to recruit a Description & Access Librarian. This position is responsible for original and complex cataloging in humanities and other related subjects, in a variety of languages in both print and non-print formats according to MARC, RDA, AACR2, LCPSs, LCRIs, LCSH, LC Classification, and BIBFRAME formats. In addition, the Description & Access Librarian works with name, series and subject authority control, and participates in special projects and other general assignments. This position works extensively with music resources and collaborates closely with the Fine Arts Library on same. The University of Oklahoma Libraries is dedicated to building and fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable educational and work environment. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, veteran status and other protected status as required by applicable law.

Position Responsibilities

Description and Access

  • Performs original and complex copy cataloging in humanities, music, and other related subject areas.
  • Assigns LC call numbers and LC subject headings
  • Performs authority work.
  • Performs reclassification of titles as needed
  • Creates and revises metadata for digital objects in University Libraries repositories, using schemas such as Dublin Core and MODS.
  • Identifies and pursues special projects in consultation with the Head of Description and Access.
  • Works collaboratively within Description & Access and with other Libraries units to develop, implement, evaluate, and revise workflows relating to cataloging and metadata creation.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Professional and University Service

  • Participates in library and university committees and task forces related to primary job assignment and the university community as appropriate or assigned.
  • Serves and participates at the local, state, regional, national and international level in professional associations relating to the access, retrieval and management of serial and continuing resources.
  • Monitors trends and maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in bibliographic control, information organization, knowledge management, and metadata standards by participating in appropriate professional development and continuing education activities in the library, on campus, and within the library profession.

Required Qualifications

Required Education:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent of education & job-related experience

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years of recent cataloging experience


  • Ability to work with others in respectful, equitable, and inclusive ways.
  • Working knowledge of description and access principles and standards, including RDA, AACR2, and NACO standards.
  • Proficiency with OCLC, LC classification and subject headings, and MARC formats.
  • Evidence of effective oral and written communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and to prioritize work effort.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to apply same to a collaborative environment that promotes the mission of the department and of the University Libraries.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited degree program in library or information science.
  • Experience with original cataloging of music-related resources such as scores and performance recordings.
  • Experience with ExLibris Alma.
  • Experience with Classification Web and Cataloger’s Desktop.
  • Familiarity with descriptive, structural, and administrative digital metadata types using schemas such as Dublin Core and MODS.
  • Experience or familiarity with linked data principles and BIBFRAME.
  • Experience in a large academic or research library.
  • Awareness of new technologies and standards and their impact on a rapidly changing scholarly communication landscape.
  • Broad understanding of repository and/or publishing platforms.


All applications must include a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references. Hiring will be contingent upon submission of academic transcripts. To apply for this position, go to https://jobs.ou.edu and search for job number 213209. The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services. For questions regarding non-discrimination policies, please visit OU Institutional Equity Office.

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