Catalog Librarian

ULS Technical Services
University of Pittsburgh Library System

The University Library System is seeking a solution-oriented individual for the position of Catalog Librarian, a full-time, faculty Librarian position in the ULS Technical Services Department. The successful candidate will develop and oversee projects for enhancing and maintaining the ULS catalog, thus supporting user discovery of library resources and analysis of the collection.

The Catalog Librarian collaborates with Technical Services and other ULS colleagues to plan and execute such initiatives, taking local and national standards and emerging technologies into consideration. Additionally, the incumbent performs original cataloging within their areas of expertise and supervises two full-time staff. This position reports to the Head of Cataloging.


  • Designs, oversees, and participates in catalog cleanup and enrichment projects based on knowledge of internal reports, changes in cataloging standards, or system upgrades, and to prepare the catalog for linked open data readiness.
  • Provides management and supervision for the work of two full-time paraprofessional staff in the Catalog Management Unit (CMU) in Technical Services who receive, catalog, or prepare for outsourcing materials in multiple formats and languages.
  • Performs original and complex copy cataloging and record maintenance in areas of expertise.
  • Performs name authority and identity management work in established as well as emerging formats.
  • Contributes to catalog analysis and batch processing efforts.
  • Assists with developing opportunities to support other areas of ULS where cataloger expertise in subject analysis, controlled vocabularies, classification, etc. can be utilized.
  • Maintains knowledge of current metadata standards (e.g., RDA, MARC 21, BIBFRAME, standards that support linked open data) and emerging trends in identity management.

Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh are members of the faculty and are expected to demonstrate continuous professional development in addition to performing their specific responsibilities.  This expectation includes such activities as participating in and contributing to departmental, library and campus-wide committees or working groups as well as the profession at a regional, national, and/or international level, maintaining a broad awareness of current and emerging issues that affect their particular areas of expertise, participating in relevant publishing and presentation opportunities, and pursuing knowledge of professional trends and developments that can be applied to evolving research, services and collections. 



  • MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited program or recognized equivalent.
  • Based on relevant coursework or experience, familiarity with principles of cataloging, classification, and authority control, a bibliographic utility (e.g., OCLC) and integrated library system, RDA guidelines, Library of Congress Subject Headings and Classification.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible, adapt to change, and initiate learning and skill development.
  • Demonstrated strong planning and project management skills and experience.
  • Ability to identify problems, think creatively, and carry out solutions independently or as part of a group or team.


  • Supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge of cataloging trends and issues in an academic library.

The University of Pittsburgh Library System

The University of Pittsburgh's University Library System is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and contains over 7 million print and electronic books, journals, databases, archival materials and special collections. The University Library System (ULS) consists of 12 libraries and employs 65 faculty librarians and 96 staff. In addition to the ULS, the University of Pittsburgh includes libraries for the health sciences and law school.

The ULS stands at the center of intellectual life at the University of Pittsburgh, fostering connections and knowledge creation and dissemination that help faculty, students, and researchers from around the world to excel in research, scholarship and creative expression. It supports and enhances faculty and student productivity through its extensive collections, innovative Open Access publishing, and user-centered focus.

The ULS remains focused on many areas of strategic priority, including research support, digital scholarship and creation, entrepreneurship and innovation, and is continuously positioning our services to respond to and anticipate changes in research, teaching, and learning. We are also in the midst of a top-to-bottom renovation of Hillman Library, the central library of the University of Pittsburgh campus which saw nearly 1.7 million visitors in FY19.  The reinvented Hillman will be a light-filled home to spaces, from vibrant to serene, for digital making and exploration, showcasing unique collections, advancing academic study, and fostering energetic, collaborative exchange.

This is an exciting time to join the Pitt library system and contribute to envisioning the library of the future.

The University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh is one of the nation's oldest institutions of higher education. Pitt people defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, led the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight. Today, they're among the leaders in the race for a COVID-19 vaccine and research on Alzheimer's disease—among many other endeavors. Pitt students, alumni, and faculty members have won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, Rhodes Scholarships and NCAA championships, among many other honors. Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 63 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America. For more information, please visit About Pitt.

The City of Pittsburgh

The city of Pittsburgh is located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the United States, Pittsburgh is recognized for its natural beauty and unique blend of cultural, education, and technological resources.  Additional information on the city of Pittsburgh can be found here.


Commensurate with experience.  Comprehensive benefits package including one-month vacation per year; excellent benefit plans; TIAA/Vanguard; and tuition assistance.

Successful candidate will meet the criteria for appointment at the rank of Librarian I or II, and will be hired on an initial 3-year renewable contract.  For further information, please visit NES Librarian Proccess.  Successful candidate will also be expected to recognize, respect, and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds in all aspects of their work and take initiative in learning about issues relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

To Apply

Please apply through the University of Pittsburgh’s Talent Center, requisition number #21002706. In addition to creating a Talent Center account, please upload/attach a cover letter, CV, and three professional references with contact information.  Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to Sharon McMasters (

Visa sponsorship is not offered with this position.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled; primary consideration will be given to those received by May 25, 2021.
The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled