DATE ENTERED: January 9, 2023
POSITION: Cataloger
UVA Library’s Metadata and Discovery Services, Charlottesville, VA
APPLY BY: Application review will begin February 3, 2023

The University of Virginia Library seeks a Cataloger to join the UVA Library’s Metadata and Discovery Services (MDS) Team in the Scholarly Resources and Content Strategies Unit. The Cataloger will report to the MDS Manager and create bibliographic and authority records for display in the Library’s Virgo online catalog. This is an early career professional librarian job opportunity. Candidates may include coursework, schoolwork, internships, etc. to meet required and preferred qualifications for this position.


  • Performs cataloging and classification tasks for print and non-print formats using the MARC Bibliographic Format, RDA, LC-PCC Policy Statements, Program for Cooperative Cataloging guidelines, Library of Congress Classification, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and genre/form terms  

  • Creates name authority records according to NACO and other best practices 

  • Proposes Library of Congress Subject Headings according to Subject Heading Manual guidelines. 

  • Uses ILS querying tools to generate data and reports 

  • Contributes to Subject Access Enhancement initiative to further the University of Virginia Library’s commitment to diversity and inclusion  

  • Leverages online translation tools and innovative search strategies to copy catalog foreign language material  

  • Leads remediation projects and other special projects as needed 

  • Creates section cataloging policies and guidelines  

  • Engages in service initiatives within the UVA library and broader university community  

  • Identifies local and national areas of interest in cataloging and description and participates in relevant professional associations, working groups, task forces, and committees

University of Virginia Library staff recognize that many of our materials result from, are created by, or represent marginalized groups of people. We are committed to describing all people accurately and respectfully. We also acknowledge that many of the subject headings used to describe marginalized communities are biased and harmful. We support efforts underway throughout the profession to change these terms, and we are implementing local workflows to replace some harmful and racist terms with acceptable headings in our own catalog. In support of our library’s reparative efforts, we seek an individual who is prepared to collaborate with us to redress bias and structural racism in our metadata.

Required Qualifications 

  • Applicants must possess one of the following: A. Master’s degree in Library Sciences from an ALA accredited program OR B. A bachelor’s degree and 4 years of experience working in a library, archives, or research institution 

  • Knowledge of RDA content standard and the MARC Bibliographic Formats encoding standard 

  • Experience working with bibliographic data in an Integrated Library System or online database (such as OCLC Connexion) 

  • Ability to collaborate with diverse colleagues in a team environment

Preferred Qualifications  

  • Knowledge of library classification and subject heading policies and tools including LC Classification, the Library of Congress Subject Headings, the LC Subject Heading Manual, and Classification Web. 

  • Knowledge of name authority workflows and the PCC NACO program 

  • Ability to apply technology skills or software tools (MarcEdit, ILS database reports, and programming skills are some examples) to library records. 

  • Ability to communicate in writing to both technical and non-technical audiences 

  • Knowledge of at least one non-English language 

  • Commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and anti-racism

Studies have shown that women, people of color, and other minority individuals are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. If you’re excited about this role, but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. At UVA Library, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and dynamic workplace.

Anticipated hiring range: $63,000-$65,000 / annual


Please visit UVA job board: and search for  R0043561 

Complete an application online and attach: 

  • Cover letter expressing interest and qualifications 

  • Resume/ CV

*****Please combine all required application materials in the order listed above into one document and upload in the resume / cv box *** 

PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for R00043561

For questions about the application process, please contact Rhiannon O’Coin, Senior Academic Recruiter, [email protected] 

Application review will begin February 3, 2023

The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check at the time of the offer per University Policy. 

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.