University of Georgia Libraries

POSITION: Serials Cataloger

DEPARTMENT: Cataloging


The University of Georgia Libraries seeks a Serials Cataloger who will be responsible for performing original and complex copy cataloging of serials in all languages and formats. Materials processed for the Main and Science Libraries, as well as off-campus research facility libraries. The Serials Cataloger serves as a resource person in the area of serials cataloging. In addition, the incumbent assists the Section Head in developing serials cataloging policies and procedures. The Serials Cataloging Section of the Cataloging Department is comprised of the Head, one librarian, and three support staff members. The Serials Cataloger reports to the Head of the Serials Cataloging Section.

The UGA Libraries, with more than 4 million volumes, is ranked among the nationís best research libraries in ratings compiled by the Association of Research Libraries. The UGA Libraries participates in GIL, a statewide-interconnected implementation of the Endeavor Voyager system. The UGA Libraries is a member of CONSER and participates in NACO, SACO, and OCLCís Enhance Program. The Cataloging Department has 10 professional and 17 support staff positions and catalogs over 30,000 books, serials, microforms, and nonprint materials annually. The Serials Cataloging Section accounts for over 1,500 new titles cataloged and approximately 1,500 titles recataloged yearly.

The UGA Libraries is located on the university's main campus in Athens, Georgia, and its facilities include the Main Library, Science Library, Zell B. Miller Learning Center, Map and Government Information Library, Repository and Special Collections Libraries. Perennially rated as one of the nation's top college towns, Athens offers a vibrant place to work and live. With Atlanta 70 miles to the west, Athens offers good proximity to the city while maintaining a small-town culture and feel. The favorable climate supports an eco-friendly campus, and UGA is currently undergoing a major multi-step plan to convert much of the campus into pedestrian friendly green space. Information about Athens:


Trains staff by clearly communicating procedures of the unit/department and giving guidance and support in the learning process.

Provides an index to the UGA Librariesí collections, by performing original cataloging of serials and periodicals in all formats, and electronic integrating resources using AACR2, MARC, and Library of Congress subject headings and classification. Improves this index by revising cataloging information for serials for the Main, Science, and branch libraries.

Contributes to the supply of cataloging copy available to the library community by correcting and updating OCLC master bibliographic records for serials as part of the CONSER authentication process.

Promotes consistent and precise retrieval of bibliographic records by establishing name authority records as part of NACO as well as by proposing changes in LCSH and LCC to LCís Cooperative Subject Cataloging programs.

Integrates bibliographic records into the existing UGA database by verifying, correcting, and updating serial descriptions and access points. Resolves conflicts by removing inconsistencies and reporting duplicates.

Contributes to the efficient processing and uniform understanding of serials by serving as a resource by advising libraries staff and staff from other libraries about serials cataloging policies and procedures.

Maintains the quality of local and national cataloging by staying current with national and international trends in bibliographic control, especially as they relate to serials.

Functions professionally within and contributes to the successful operation of the Cataloging Department and the Libraries administration by participating in the Departmentís policy-making process.

Enhances the regional and national status of the UGA Libraries and the University and increases the quality of individual contributions to the Cataloging Department by participating in continuing education and professional development activities.

Represents the UGA Libraries through active participation in professional organizations on the state, regional, or national level.

Fosters communication in every direction by actively engaging in the exchange of information and encouraging this activity in supervised staff.

Participates in library-wide communication by reading, responding to, and initiating information transmitted via GRAPEVINE (the UGA Librariesí listserv) and other communication tools,and appropriate library-wide or departmental meetings and asking questions, seeking clarification, or initiating discussion on library issues.

Maintains awareness and act upon changes and needs in the organization by assuming other similar duties and responsibilities.


Required Qualifications:
ALA-accredited MLIS; Knowledge of AACR2 and LC classification and subject headings; Familiarity with RDA: Ability to work with broad range of subjects and languages; Familiarity with automated cataloging systems; Flexibility in adapting to changing departmental and organizational priorities; Ability to function as a contributing team member in a production-oriented environment; Effective oral and written communication skills; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; Ability to work with diverse students and colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications:
Serials cataloging experience preferred; Strong interest in academic or research librarianship desired.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: The entry-level salary is $38,000. UGA librarians are non-tenured faculty members. UGA offers an attractive benefits program including a choice of health and retirement plans, dental plan, tuition remission, paid relocation, 21 days annual leave, 12 days sick leave, and 12 paid holidays.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send via email their letters of application, complete resumes, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references by Sunday, September 8, 2013 to: Jan D. Hudson, Human Resources Manager, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia 30602-1641 at

The University of Georgia and the UGA Libraries have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among its faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage persons of color to apply for these positions.The University of Georgia is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.