Catalog Librarian for Slavic Language Resources (Duke University Libraries)

Catalog Librarian for Slavic Language Resources (Duke University Libraries)

The Catalog Librarian for Slavic Language Resources performs original and complex copy cataloging of Slavic language resources in all monographic and serials formats and subjects, and for other languages in which there is competence. S/He provides access to Duke University Libraries’ digital collections through the creation of non-MARC metadata. This position reports to the Head, Monographic Cataloging Section in the Cataloging and Metadata Services Department.


Performs original and complex copy cataloging of Slavic language resources in all monographic and serials formats and subjects, and for other languages in which there is competence. Position may include cataloging of Hebrew and Yiddish language resources, depending on level of expertise.

Ensures compliance with national and local standards such as MARC, AACR2r, LCSH, LCCS, OCLC, LC cataloging practices, and other appropriate cataloging and metadata standards.

Inputs and edits bibliographic, holdings, and item information as needed to ensure accuracy and completeness of information.

Catalogs digital resources using the appropriate metadata schema to facilitate access to Duke University Libraries’ digital collections.

Determines choice and form of names, subject headings and series title entries; assigns Library of Congress Classification call numbers; contributes name and series headings to NACO.

Enhances or replaces OCLC records within established guidelines.

Works closely with the Librarian for Slavic and East European Studies and the Catalog Librarian for Serials to coordinate and complete the cataloging of Slavic language materials.

Serves as a resource for and assists with training and revising the work of new staff and student assistants performing similar work.

Reviews professional literature; networks with research services, collection development and other library professionals outside the University; and participates in activities to stay abreast of trends in cataloging in academic research institutions.

Stays abreast of national trends and new developments in cataloging, with an emphasis on Slavic language resources.

Contributes to library-wide initiatives; participates in departmental and library-wide activities; serves on library committees and task forces.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

• None


It is the expectation that all Duke University Library staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.


Required: MLS from an ALA accredited program or a combination of relevant education and experience.

Preferred: Advanced degree related to Slavic or Eastern European studies.


Required: Reading knowledge of Russian; bibliographic knowledge of a second Slavic language; a minimum of two years of cataloging experience in an academic or research library, with at least one year of original cataloging experience; experience in the use and application of AACR2r, LC subject headings, LC rule interpretations, and MARC format; experience using a standard classification system and at least one library utility and local library system; excellent problem-solving, organizational, and analytical skills; strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills; proficiency using computer applications; ability to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the applications of new technology as applied in library settings; commitment to collaborative work; commitment to providing outstanding customer service; demonstrated commitment to professional growth and development.

Preferred: Bibliographic knowledge of Polish; reading or bibliographic knowledge of Hebrew and Yiddish; working knowledge of OCLC Connexion, ExLibris, NACO, BIBCO or other PCC programs; previous experience in serials cataloging; experience using the Library of Congress Classification System; and knowledge of non-MARC cataloging and metadata standards; demonstrated ability to manage complex technical projects.

Working Conditions

Normal office environment

Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.


Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university’s intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke’s library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke’s hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit packages which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:


Send cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references to: Teresa Tillman, Library Human Resources, at Please include SLAVIC in the subject line. Review of applications will begin in mid-April and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The Duke University Library System has a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.

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