5252 Cataloger/Reference Librarian-West Plains


TITLE Cataloger/Reference Librarian, West Plains




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Head Librarian, West Plains



The Cataloger/Reference Librarian fulfills the dual role of processing library materials and assisting patrons in the use of library resources. Cataloging duties include cataloging and physical processing of books, periodicals, government documents, audiovisual and multimedia material, and equipment. The Cataloger/Reference Librarian provides reference and informational services to students, faculty, staff, and community patrons and supports reference, cataloging, and staff training for the Barbe Library (Mountain Grove campus). The Cataloger/Reference Librarian provides technical assistance in the Library Computer Lab and for cataloging and circulation software.


Education: A Master’s degree in Library Science or an equivalent degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited library school is required.

Experience: At least one year of reference and electronic cataloging experience and in a university library is preferred. Curriculum and teaching experience is preferred.

Skills: Knowledge of MARC records, AACR2, LCSH, LC classification and automated cataloging functions is required. Must be able to use word processing, databases, spreadsheets, online search tools, and an Integrated Library System (ILS). Reference interviewing techniques are required. The ability to function as a team member with library staff is required. Must be willing to update one’s skills.

Other: Excellent oral and written communication and effective interpersonal skills are required. Visual acuity and manual dexterity are required to work with library materials. The ability to move equipment and materials weighing up to forty pounds is required. Attention to detail is required. The ability to tolerate occasional mold and dust from library materials is required. The position may require working evening and weekend hours on a regular basis. Hours of work may vary during intersessions and summer sessions.


1. Provides cataloging services by cataloging library materials in all formats using OCLC, AACR2, LCSH, and LC Classification, cataloging and updating library holdings and special collections in a timely manner, such as Ozarks history tapes and rare books, working with the Head librarian, Assistant Librarian, and Meyer Library cataloging staff for efficient workflow of cataloging operations, maintaining cataloging statistics, and cooperating with SWAN libraries to coordinate and maintain cluster-wide cataloging standards and practices.

2. Provides reference services using both print and electronic sources by preparing print tutorials and handouts, evaluating the reference collection and making recommendations for updates and purchases, remaining knowledgeable of library electronic applications, and offering scheduled demonstrations of library resources.

3. Provides library instruction, tours, and demonstrations and teaches LIS 101, Introduction to Libraries as required.

4. Works the service area as assigned during evenings, weekends, or as required and utilizes a working knowledge of circulation, interlibrary loan, and overdue procedures.

5. Serves on library and University committees as assigned.

6. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Head Librarian.

7. Contributes to the overall success of the libraries of the West Plains campus by performing all other essential duties as assigned.


The Cataloger/Reference Librarian is supervised by the Head Librarian and supervises other cataloging staff.


JUNE 2007


Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 3 - 1500 Points: Entry-level knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, and methods of an administrative, managerial, technical, or professional specialty. Knowledge permits employee to carry out basic recurring tasks and routine portions of assignments or to carry out less demanding professional elements of assignments in professional or technical areas including accounting or auditing, financial management, business administration, human resources, law, engineering, science, or medicine, while gaining familiarity with the University's policies and goals, business practices, and/or accounting systems. This level of knowledge permits the employee to schedule and carry out the steps of a limited operation or project, or to complete stages of a multi-phase project. Alternatively, knowledge at this level might also permit the employee to carry out recurring tasks and routine assignments requiring moderate experience in specific areas within higher education. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in a specific technical or professional specialty. Knowledge requirements may also include a limited amount of related work experience. Alternatively, equivalent knowledge requirements at this level include a non-technical or general Bachelor's degree requirement with a moderate level of additional related work experience or a non-specific Master's degree requirement with some related work experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 2 - 130 Points: Regular, but limited, supervision, training, or directing the work assignments of (a) small numbers of student, part-time or temporary workers, or (b) one or more permanent, full-time employees. The nature of supervision is largely confined to scheduling work and assigning tasks. Supervision at this level typically does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities, and supervisory duties typically do not consume a large portion of the work day.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 2 - 100 Points: Interactions are generally routine and structured involving employees inside the University, students, or the general public. The purpose may include obtaining or clarifying facts, coordinating work, solving recurring problems, or providing factual information to others. Contacts may be with coworkers or structured exchanges with students, faculty, or the general public, and are generally for the purpose of exchanging information.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 2 - 250 Points: The employee carries out a group of procedures using the general methods and desired results indicated by the supervisor. Typically, standard operating procedures, handbooks, and/or reference manuals exist for most procedures, but the employee must select from the most appropriate of several guidelines and make minor adjustments to methods. Unforeseen situations are normally referred to others for resolution. Assignments are related in function and objective, but processes, procedures, or software varies from one assignment to another. Based on the assignment, the employee uses diverse, but conventional, methods, techniques, or approaches. Employees in jobs at this level may perform work that is moderately complex, but normally performed within a fairly narrow and specific functional area.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 3 - 850 Points: Work involves providing significant support services to others both within and outside of the department that substantially influences decision-making processes. Work activities are complex and others rely on the accuracy and reliability of the information, analysis, or advice to make decisions. Work activities have a direct, but shared, impact on further processes or services, affect the overall efficiency and image of the department, and may have material impact on costs or service quality within the cost center. Incumbents may be responsible for identifying areas of need and for developing proposals that request funding to fulfill those needs.