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University of South Carolina Job Location: South Carolina Date Created: 02-04-2015

The University of South Carolina Libraries seeks applications for a dynamic professional for the position of Cataloger in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Reporting to the Director of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, the Cataloger will contribute original and copy cataloging for materials of all formats. The Cataloger works collaboratively within the Department to set priorities and to determine appropriate approaches to cataloging collections and preparing them for use. As a member of the Irvin Department, the Cataloger will share in providing service at the Reading Room desk, contribute to digital projects, work on the acquisition of materials and collections, donor relations, and the development of grant proposals, as appropriate.

The University of South Carolina, founded in 1801, enrolls approximately 23,300 undergraduate students and 6,400 graduate students on the Columbia campus. University Libraries contains more than 3.5 million volumes, 20 million manuscripts, 325,000 maps, and 944,000 government documents; and houses the University's special collections. University Libraries is a member of LYRASIS, OCLC, the Association of South Eastern Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Center for Research Libraries.


Perform original and copy cataloging of special collections materials in accordance with best practices.

Collaborate with the University Libraries' Cataloging Department to increase access and promote the Irvin Department's Collections.

Collaborate with conservation professionals to plan for the conservation of collections.

Participate in general planning and policy development.

Contribute to department reference services by providing reference assistance in person and remotely.

Serve on relevant library-wide committees.

Actively contribute to the profession through professional service.


MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution. A successful background check and credit check are required.

Three or more years progressively responsible cataloging experience in an academic or research library required. Experience with special collections materials preferred. Experience supervising staff, students, and volunteers preferred. Experience providing reference and research support to archival and special collections users desired.

Demonstrated experience applying RDA, MARC, LCSH to original and copy cataloging required. Demonstrated experience as the lead cataloger on large-scale and/or complex projects required. Familiarity with Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials desired. The University of South Carolina Libraries currently uses Innovative Interfaces' Millennium, the Encore discovery tool, and OCLC's Connexion client. Familiarity with Millennium is highly desirable.

Knowledge of basic preservation and conservation issues as they relate to special collections is highly desirable.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills; excellent analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; excellent interpersonal skills and experience working collaboratively with varied groups within a complex organization and team environment are required. Great attention to detail; demonstrated ability to manage time and tasks and complete projects in a timely manner are required.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, 12-month, unclassified, tenure-track, faculty status position with the rank of Librarian. Benefits include medical, dental, and state retirement or optional retirement plan.

Apply online at https://uscjobs.sc.edu (search by Requisition 008533). The cover letter, explaining the reason for your interest and qualifications, may be addressed to Chair, Cataloger Search Committee. Three references submitted must include names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on March 9, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. USC is an EOE.

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