Library Cataloger

This is a part time position for the Washington County Public Library System. Office is located at the Gray Branch location, but some travel between both locations may be required.

Interested applicants should submit a resume with references and a copy of the County application to the Library Director at or dropped off at either of our library locations. 

Application deadline is Friday, October 29

Characteristics of Work

Under the supervision of the Library Director, performs responsible and varied paraprofessional, technical, and clerical work in the area of technical services. Also, as needed assists patrons in the use of library services, equipment, and facilities. This position has responsibilities at both library locations and will need to have a driver’s license and reliable transportation between locations. In addition, this position will be required to move library materials (books, equipment or funds) between library branches, program locations, or county locations.

This position:

• Is a part time position.

• Works under the direction of the Library Director. While this position works under the Library Director, it is expected that this position will also coordinate and work with individual Branch Managers to ensure the most efficient services at each location.

• Entry-level pay rate: $12/hr

• May attend training at locations outside the library – Regional Library or other location

• Will handle sensitive library patron information.

• Will comply with state training requirements.

Experience/Educational Requirements:

The ideal candidate must be a successful customer service oriented problem solver and have advanced computer/technology skills. This job may require shifts at the public service desk as needed. The candidate must have the ability to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time and the ability to do repetitive movement. Other job requirements include: typing, filing, precise data entry skills, proficient use of a personal computer and other office equipment.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree in library science or library information science preferred)


Experience: Two (2) years or more of experience related to the above described duties. Related education and related experience may be substituted on an equal basis.

Physical Requirements

These physical requirements are not exhaustive. Corrective devices may be used to meet physical requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be possible.

• Must be able to lift 25 pounds from the floor to worktable height and must be able to reach all library shelves, using a stool or other extension device if necessary.

• Requires light work, including continuous walking or operating simple equipment for extended periods of time as well as occasional strenuous activities such as reaching or bending.

• Incumbent must have the ability to climb a step stool and rolling ladder.

• Incumbent must have the physical ability to push and pull loaded book trucks weighing up to 100 pounds.

Essential Functions

This position performs clerical support in a library environment. Essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

Primary Responsibilities:

:• Performs specialized clerical and paraprofessional support in a library environment.

• Understands and is able to perform all jobs related to library technical services, including but not limited to: cataloging and classifying library materials.

• Catalogs new purchases or donated items including but not limited to: Fiction/Non-Fiction books, Audio Books, DVDs, etc.

• Serves as liaison with processing and customer service to assure customer satisfaction.

• Resolves any post-cataloging issues.

• Maintains an accurate, up-to-date database of library holdings.

• Assist supervisor in the management of the overall integrity of the bibliographic database.

• Tracks cataloging trends.

• Works with Circulation staff to mend damaged books or DVDs.

• Assists customers with photocopier, computers, microfilm, and fax machine, etc.

• Guides and instructs customers in the use of electronic resources such as the online catalog, web-based periodicals index, public access computers, eBooks, etc.

• Explains library resources, furnishes book information and reading guidance, and interprets department policies to a variety of library users.

• Assists customers in reference and research projects.

• Assists in circulation: check-in, check-out, issuing library cards, collecting fines, and reconciliations, etc.

• Physically processes items being added to and assists Library Manager on materials being withdrawn from the collection.

• Maintains consistency in the cataloging, classification, and physical processing of library materials.

• Receives shipments and checks in newly acquired materials.

• Repairs or returns damaged materials, as appropriate.

• Monitors the daily operation of the online cataloging system, as needed.

• Acts as local liaison with the network on technical services matters.

• Assists the Library IT Manager to maintain statistics on collection inventory and technical services activity and provides periodic reports of same, as directed.

• Inventories and reports technical services supply needs.

• Provides patrons with general information on library services; assists and instructs patrons in using library services, equipment, and facilities.

• Works at public service desks as needed.

• Assists in performing non-technical services work with Adult, Children’s and Teen Programing as needed.

• Attends professional and community meetings, workshops, and conferences as required.

• Performs other duties, as assigned.

Examples of Work:

Manages program and services of the branch such as reference services, circulation services, acquisitions, genealogy, etc.

Manages cataloging, services for the system.

Develops service to reflect changes hi technology and available resources within library mission and goal.

Assists in developing annual budget for the branch library.

Recommends branch or system goals and objectives and policy,

Researches information needs requiring professional level searching skills and knowledge of resources beyond the skills of paraprofessional staff.

Provides training to customers in use of specific databases and services.

Compiles routine and special reports summarizing achievement of library objectives.

Provides web page information for the branch.

Directs and supervises branch library staff and volunteers.

Interviews and recommends applicants for hire and evaluates job performance of subordinates.

Provides professional level contact with public to accept requests for information.

Interacts with customers to clearly define needs and determine satisfaction with service.

Contacts librarians and staff in other libraries both in and out of state.

Promotes services to current and potential customers through personal contact and correspondence.

Markets library services through the development of brochures, bibliographies, service announcements, and the presentations of workshops, exhibits, and programs.

Maintains currency of knowledge through reading of professional literature, learns new databases through review of online helps, literature, experimentation, and workshop attendance.

Develops and maintains professional contacts.

Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.