DATE ENTERED: June 22, 2022
POSITION: Technical Services Librarian – Full Time
LOCATION: Williamsburg Regional Library, Williamsburg VA
APPLY BY: June 17 – Open Until Filled


Description:    Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL) is a nationally recognized four-star rated library by Library Journal. WRL serves residents of the Historic Triangle of Virginia including the City of Williamsburg, James City County and York County with outstanding, quality, and innovative library services. We are looking for an engaging and forward-thinking individual to act as the functional expert for cataloging practices in the Technical Services Department. Duties include coordinating catalog and database maintenance as well as authority control; cataloging and processing materials and resources; and researching, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive programs and technological advancements to update and modernize technical services procedures.

The Technical Services Librarian works in support of Williamsburg Regional Library’s Strategic Plan and all other official institutional directives.  WRL offers a collaborative and collegial workplace with an emphasis on always adapting to meet the changing needs of our users. The library is committed to cultivating an inclusive environment and strongly encourages people from all backgrounds to apply for this opportunity.

Responsibilities:

  • Organizes Technical Services activities in at least one of the following areas: cataloging, acquisitions, database maintenance and authority record control.
  • Researches, implements, and evaluates comprehensive programs and technological advancements to update and modernize technical services procedures that include bibliographic control and integrated library systems (ILS).
  • Dependent on area assigned:
  • Searches and claims bibliographic records on the shared cataloging database (OCLC) for entry into the local system; creates bibliographic records as necessary; edits bibliographic records; assigns Library of Congress (LC) subject headings and call numbers.
  • Assists in coordination of collection development practices, including working closely with vendors and library selectors.
  • Coordinates materials purchasing, including placing orders using appropriate funding stream; manages and tracks budgets.
  • Edits and verifies holdings information including call number, collection code, item type and list price for each; resolves complex cataloging problems by applying knowledge of cataloging rules and their interpretations to maintain MARC standards, local practices and requirements for subject cataloging and Dewey Decimal classification; applies specialized knowledge to catalog a variety of formats including serials, electronic resources, government documents and audiovisual materials; assists in processing materials.
  • Coordinates database maintenance and authority control, including outsourcing of authority control and resolving complex problems with authority control; maintain accurate authority headings in the public access catalog, using LC online authority file.

Required:    Requires a Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited library school and knowledge of cataloging principles, local call number schemes, automated bibliographic and holdings records, online searching in bibliographic or acquisition databases; integrated library systems some library work experience preferred.

Preferred:     Working knowledge of SQL and batch editing process; experience with RDA Toolkit, MARC edit and other cataloging tools.   

Salary:        $48,347; Exempt position

To apply:    To learn more and apply for this position go to https://www.wrl.org/about-us/work-at-wrl/