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Government Documents/General Collections Cataloging Specialist

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Boulder, Colorado





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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Resource Description Services (RDS) Team in the Libraries encourages applications for a Government Documents/General Collections Cataloging Specialist! The RDS Team supports the University Libraries’ mission by providing people with detailed and timely intellectual access to over five million volumes of governmental and intergovernmental documents and technical reports for education and research purposes. The provision of access is achieved in partnership with clients and the wider library community and is crafted to promote client self-sufficiency in finding, identifying, selecting, and acquiring information resources. Reporting to the Head of the General Collections Cataloging Section, the Specialist performs original and sophisticated copy cataloging of government information materials in a variety of formats and supplies cataloging for the Libraries’ general collections.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are


We are a knowledge catalyst. We fuel inquiry, discovery, collaboration, creation, and the dissemination of knowledge. We welcome everyone, wherever they are on their educational journey.


An information-empowered world.


Empower | Connect | Learn | Inspire

Our values define our interactions within the Libraries and radiate outwardly. This means that we develop a culture that compassionately and authentically embodies our values in all aspects of our work.

Diversity Statement

We affirm diversity and inclusive excellence to be vitally integral to the Libraries’ mission and vision. We strive to model this in recruitment and retention, building collections, and offering services and spaces to develop a receptive social, intellectual, and physical environment for all. Learn more about our dedication to diversity and inclusivity.

The University Libraries encourages applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. As you review the qualifications, please think about how your qualifications are transferable if (at first) they do not seem directly related. Share how your skills translate in your cover letter. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our preferred qualifications described.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Monographic Cataloging for Government Publications:
  • Performs monographic cataloging for government publications in a variety of formats, particularly for state and federal documents. Contributes to the team’s Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) work, particularly by crafting BIBCO-level bibliographic records and NACO-level authority records. Gives to the team’s participation in the Library of Congress CIP Partnership Program by cataloging CIP titles. Engages in RDS linked data initiatives.
Monographic Cataloging for New Acquisitions and other non-Gov Docs Materials:
  • Performs monographic cataloging for newly acquired books and other non‐government documents materials in a variety of formats, including print, media, electronic resources, depending on team needs.
Professional Development and Service:
  • Pursues an active program of continuing education to remain current in national cataloging standards, technology, and trends.
  • Participates in learning activities that promote inclusive excellence.
  • Participates in relevant professional development and cross-training opportunities.
  • May serve on library-wide and national level service committees, groups, and pods.
Collaborative Work:
  • In coordination with the Government Documents Metadata Coordinator, participates in the development, evaluation, and documentation of policies, procedures, and workflows related to the cataloging of government documents in collaboration with RDS members and other library units. Serves as a resource for other library units to resolve cataloging problems or questions regarding government documents.
Procedures and Documentation Maintenance:
  • Collects new documentation from RDS Team for FOLIO procedures and policies. Publishes collected documents on RDS and Libraries' Sharepoint sites. Removes old documentation on Sharepoint that are no longer in practice.

What You Should Know

This position is working in a hybrid work environment, working 3 days a week on site with up to two days remote.

What We Can Offer

The annual salary for this full-time position is $46,100 - $51,850. A small relocation assistance stipend may be available within University Libraries Guidelines.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Recent Professional cataloging experience in OCLC and an Integrated Library System (ILS) cataloging module.
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience or combination of education and experience may substitute.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to communicate clearly and optimally in written and oral communications.
  • Ability to cultivate an environment of diversity, inclusion, and respect.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Experience with cataloging government information materials;
  • Coursework in Library and Information Science;
  • Knowledge of PCC (NACO, BIBCO, SACO, or CONSER) and OCLC Enhance standards;
  • Familiarity with FOLIO LSP;
  • Bibliographic knowledge of one or more non-English languages (special preference given for knowledge of Cyrillic, Arabic, and/or Hebrew script).

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by July 28th, 2024 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

In compliance with the Colorado Job Application Fairness Act, in any materials you submit, you may redact or remove age-identifying information such as age, date of birth, or dates of school attendance or graduation. You will not be penalized for redacting or removing this information.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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