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Digital/Cataloging Librarian


Primarily responsible for managing the catalog of materials at the library. Inputs data about materials into electronic catalog to ensure users can locate books, serials, films, or other documents. Prepares bibliographic and item records for monographs and all other library materials including electronic resources. The Digital/Cataloging Librarian is also responsible and accountable for the oversight, maintenance and strategic development of the digitization and preservation processes of historic college documents located in the library as well as collections management, maintenance and cataloging where future planning for storage and retrieval of physical collections is concerned.

Secondarily this position should have demonstrated experience as library instructor.   


Duties and Responsibilties

Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Catalog and process library materials Perform original and complex copy cataloging, and perform classification, series, and subject analysis for monographs, serials, electronic resources, and non-book formats in all subject areas (in conformance with established professional standards and procedures).

Provide accurate bibliographic authority and item descriptions of materials by creating and maintaining records in the online library catalog and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) bibliographic utility databases.

Acquire, receive, process (check-in, catalog, prepare for binding, label, etc.), maintain, preserve, and weed library inventory as needed.

Comprehensive oversight and management of collections including database integrity of the LIS and quality control of the physical library inventory and electronic inventory. Performs all daily, weekly, monthly, or annual tasks necessary for position success as well as those requirements requested by the Director of Libraries.  

  • This may include:
    • Planning, training and development to maintain processes and cataloging of collections that stay current with academic and curriculum demands as well as technology required to complete duties and responsibilities.
    • Knowledge management and information requirements necessary to support the curriculum, and the mission and vision of the University including
    • Archival and digitization needs of the University as well as
    • Research assistance by any university community members along with collection development and liaison duties with assigned academic departments.

Serve as secondary teaching librarian as needed. 

Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly supervises 3-6 student employees who support this position. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training student employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising student employee performance; rewarding and disciplining student employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Education and Experience

This position requires the terminal degree of Masters of Science in Library Science (MSLS) or Masters of Library Science (MLS). Specialization in digitization and archives knowledge appreciated but not required.  Experience with Cataloging and Technical Services operations is preferred. Experience in instruction favored.


Qualified candidates can submit their application/resume to:

Mercyhurst University

501 E. 38th St.

Erie, PA  16546

Attn:  Human Resources



This position will be posted until filled.

Mercyhurst University is an equal opportunity employer who encourages members of diverse groups to apply.