Cataloger -- Northwest Missouri State University -- Maryville, MO

Job Title: Cataloger, B.D. Owens Library
Opening Date/Time: Fri. 12/18/20 12:00 AM Central Time
Salary: Not Displayed
Job Type: Full-time
Location: Northwest--Maryville campus in Maryville, Missouri
Department: Library
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PRIMARY DUTY: The Cataloger carries the primary responsibility of processing, maintaining, and updating all library resource records which includes original and copy cataloging based on current standards, database maintenance, and authority control for B.D Owens Library and Horace Mann Library collections.


  1. Receive and process items all formats and types including but not limited to: print books, eBooks, print journals, newspapers, videos, music scores, microfilm, and archival materials for B.D. Owens Library, Horace Mann Library, Northwest-Kansas City, archives, and special collections.
  2. Perform original, including complex and copy cataloging, of all formats of library, archives, and special collection materials to facilitate their identification, access, and use.
  3. Interpret and apply Library of Congress subject headings, the Dewey Decimal System, the AACR2, RDA, and the OCLC manuals in cataloging and classifying library materials.
  4. Enrich bibliographic records in the local catalog for more accessibility as well as in the national shared OCLC database.
  5. Perform processing and cataloging maintenance of withdrawn items including authority work in local catalog as well as cluster catalog.
  6. Mend library materials that have been identified for repair.
  7. Provide inventory and assessment support of the collection by helping to identify items for replacement/withdrawing consideration.
  8. Assist library personnel and patrons with library catalog issues such as location of an item or the relocation of an item.
  9. Maintain procedures manual for cataloging process.
  10. Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate student employees.
  11. Serve on the Information Services Team.
  12. Serve as a member of the KC-Towers cataloger committee.
  13. Perform other duties and assignments as required.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree with experience in cataloging and classification.
  • Experience: Experience in original and copy cataloging and classification of all formats of library material using Dewey Decimal, LC classifications, LC subject headings, and MARC records.
  • Skills: Working knowledge of AACR2, RDA, LCSH; Working knowledge of computerized cataloging (OCLC); Strong analytic and problem-solving skills; Attention to detail and decision-making skills to accurately select, locate and update the materials; Capacity to recognize and deal with discrepancies between an online record and its physical counterpart.


  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science or Master’s in Library Science
  • Experience: One year of relevant work experience with Innovative Interfaces integrated library software; experience in an academic library
  • Skills: Extensive knowledge of AACR2, RDA, LCSH, computerized cataloging (OCLC)

WORKING CONDITIONS: This position will work in a library environment with the day shift hours Monday through Friday with a lunch break with the possibility of varied hours as needed for special events. Must be able to move throughout the library to assist in the library collection maintenance activities.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervises student employees

EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS USED: Computers, spine label printers, book mending machine, microform, paper copier


  • Primary sedentary work, but also requires standing, walking, stooping or crouching, kneeling, crawling, reaching, pushing, grasping and lifting.
  • Requires the ability to exert up to approximately 35 pounds of force to occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move carts/boxes of books/materials.
  • Ability to concentrate on detailed information over an extended period of time.

COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy, and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri and 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri. For more information visit the website at

UNIVERSITY: With an enrollment of more than 7,200 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Center and through Northwest Online.

Founded in 1905, Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers. Students have opportunities to build their résumés with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory School, National Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area or Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.

The University is a national model for student success and career placement. In addition, 96 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data. Zippia, a career website, names Northwest the best college in Missouri for getting a job.

Furthermore, its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the nation, saving students an estimated $7,200 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. Designated the Missouri Arboretum, the Northwest campus was named one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”

For more information about Northwest and its performance, visit


DATE AVAILABLE: March 1, 2021

TO APPLY: Please fill out a Northwest application online by clicking to reach our employment opportunities listing. You will also need to submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for three references in order for your application materials to be complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email for more information.

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