Library Specialist, Cataloging

Lamar University

Position Information

Posting Number 20112639

Position Title Library Specialist, Cataloging

FTE 1.00

Position Type Staff

Department Library Services Dept

Position Summary Information

Job Summary/Basic Function

Who We Are:

Lamar University is a diverse and accessible global university for life-long learners with a passion for broad-based community engagement. As a vital contributor to the socioeconomic wellbeing and resilience of the Gulf Coast region, our expertise is recognized locally and beyond. Lamar University is home to more than 17,000 students and is among the fastest growing Texas colleges and universities. LU is a member of The Texas State University System, which is the first higher education system of Texas and maintains the lowest average tuition and fees of any university system in Texas. With more than 100 degree options and a community that cares, Lamar students are always proud to be Cardinals.

Lamar University is committed to fostering a culture of diversity where students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can learn, work, and serve.

About This Role:

Assisting the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, the Library Specialist in Cataloging is responsible for accurately entering and editing bibliographic data accurately in the integrated library system to ensure that library materials can be readily discovered through the online public access catalog. Additionally, the Library Specialist is responsible for making simple repairs {e.g., spine replacement, tipping in pages) to books and journals within the library’s collection. The Library Specialist will also be cross-trained to assist in other areas of Technical Services.


At Lamar University one of the ways we show value to our team members is by offering the following perks:

Health, dental & vision insurance

Life insurance

State of Texas Retirement plans

Tuition covered at 100% for employees, spouses and/or eligible dependent

Paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of college credits and library experience required

In absence of a Bachelor’s degree, a high school diploma and three to five years of experience in an academic library or a combination of college credit hours and library experience will be considered

Two to five years of employment in an academic library

Key Competencies:


Complex library issues and procedures such as cataloging, name authority maintenance, deaccession procedures, book repair techniques

Basic library organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures

Automated library functions

Use of the library online system (SirsiDynix) and national bibliographic utility ( OCLC )

LC classification system and LC subject heading list

Library principles, practices, and terminology


Ability to enter and edit data with attention to detail

Interpreting policies

Working with a diverse population

Using relevant automated database systems

Able to carefully and neatly perform repair tasks such as gluing and cutting

Maintaining positive customer service relationships

Physical Requirements:

Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment

Moderate physical effort; may require handling of average weight objects up to 30 pounds or some standing or walking, fine motor skills (typing)

No or very limited exposure to physical risk

Job Conditions:

Indoor office conditions

Extensive computer use

EEO Statement

Lamar University is An Equal Opportunity Employer

Veterans Preference Statement

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas 805 Government Code, Section 657.003.

Preferred Qualifications

Security Sensitive Statement

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Salary $27,602 – $32,469

Work Hours

Application Information

Posting Date 03/04/2024

Close Date 06/04/2024

Open Until Filled No

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