Library Assistant 3 (Map Cataloger), Twin Cities, Minnesota

Created 02/23/2021
Reference 11391493
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Minnesota
City Twin Cities
Zip 55401
Salary Competitive
Required Qualifications:
  • Five years experience cataloging library resources using Resource Description and Access (RDA), Library of Congress Classification (LCC) and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) (college education can be substituted for experience for up to three years). Experience can consist of a combination of copy, complex copy, and original cataloging, but must include at least one year of original cataloging experience.
  • Experience cataloging using standard library databases and systems, such as OCLC Connexion and Alma
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and to work effectively as a team member
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to incorporating principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into everyday work

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience cataloging cartographic resources (maps, atlases)
  • Experience consulting and interpreting authority records as a component of cataloging work
  • Bibliographic knowledge of one or more non-English languages
  • Experience in training and writing documentation
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience managing or coordinating projects
  • Familiarity with cataloging tools such as Classification Web, Cataloger's Desktop, Library of Congress Authority File
  • Familiarity with additional metadata encoding schemes, such as BIBFRAME and Dublin Core
  • Interest in and aptitude for learning and applying new software and technologies

About the Job

Title & Job Code: Library Assistant 3 (4997)
Division: Content & Collections
Department/Unit: Cataloging and Metadata Services

This position consists primarily of creating and editing metadata for resources acquired and managed by the Libraries, as well as providing assistance to the department in the role of resource person for cataloging and catalog maintenance. While this position may catalog resources across Libraries collections and formats, the primary focus of this position is cataloging cartographic resources and metadata.


1. Description: 80% Metadata Editing and Creation
  • Create and transform metadata for resources managed by the Libraries, reflecting current metadata standards and departmental policies and procedures, with particular emphasis on maps and other cartographic resources
  • Includes a combination of copy, complex copy, and descriptive cataloging as well as classification, authority work, and subject assignment for cartographic resources
  • Often resolve rather than refer complex cataloging problems
  • Create descriptive metadata for digital resources held in other repositories, including the BTAA Geoportal
  • Participate in special cataloging projects, and assist with data cleanup or record maintenance tasks

2. Description: 15% Workflow Coordination
  • Serve as a cataloging resource person in the unit for authority work, classification, subject headings, and cataloging questions
  • Assist, as necessary, the department by providing training, organizing, reviewing, and monitoring of work, and by assisting with writing or review of documentation
  • Organize and monitor cataloging projects
  • Participate in committees or working groups and interact with other department members to problem-solve, create work procedures, and improve workflow

3. Description: 5% Learning and Teaching
  • With guidance from supervisor, engage in continuing education in emerging technologies and standards in data description and discovery, through attending workshops, webinars, independent reading, or other activities.
  • Share learning with others in the unit or department via presentations, projects, reports, or informal discussions.

About the Department

Cataloging and Metadata Services (CMS) enhances end-user discovery of knowledge resources through its leadership, consultative services, and practical application of metadata schema, linked open data, mapping, transformation, and repurposing of data for the University of Minnesota Libraries and academic departments in the Twin Cities.

Cataloging and Metadata Services (CMS) is a department within the University of Minnesota Libraries' Content & Collections Division.

Inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility are the guiding principles for every aspect of work in the University Libraries. See the Libraries' full IDEA statement:

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.
Employer University of Minnesota

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