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Cataloging Specialist (Library Services Specialist III)

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Diego
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Library, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Position Summary

Under general direction from the Head of Content Organization and Management and both the Monographs Cataloging Coordinator and Serials Cataloging Coordinator, the Cataloging Specialist performs copy cataloging for various types of new library materials using the OCLC international cataloging database and the LMS; participates in bibliographic and holding record maintenance and cataloging clean-up projects.  This includes leading the legacy barcoding project for serials and coordinating the binding of serials.

The Cataloging Specialist will accomplish the following:

  • Accurately follow the RDA, AACR2 and MARC21 international standards in concert with local policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that newly received materials are added to the catalog in a timely, accurate and efficient manner, following all international, national, and local cataloging standards, making them available for use by students, faculty and staff.
  • Maintain good working relationships with other library employees.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, permanent/probationary position. This position is designated non-exempt under FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

The individual hired into this role will work on campus at SDSU in San Diego.

Department Summary

Content Organization and Management (COM) comprises the acquisitions, electronic resource management, and cataloging functions of the library. The unit consists of 6.0 FTE faculty librarians, and 5.75 FTE Library Service Specialists, with occasional temporary LSS Staff and a number of student assistants. This unit is responsible for acquiring, describing, and managing new books and continuing resources in all formats, and maintains data in library systems. The unit, which handles work for both the SDSU and IVC libraries, collaborates with librarians and other teams within the library to find, acquire, describe, organize and maintain the materials that support the learning, teaching, and scholarship activities of the university's students, faculty, and staff.  

For more information regarding the University Library,  click here.

Education and Experience

These qualifications normally would be obtained through the completion of a high school education or equivalent certification plus two to three years of related library and/or clerical experience or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Key Qualifications

  • Professional experience with Library of Congress Classification systems, OCLC bibliographic databases, and MARC is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to use different cataloging schema:  RDA, MARC21, AACR2.
  • Ability to recognize when the unique characteristics of individual items require appropriate modification of local and/or international cataloging/acquisitions policies and procedures.
  • Ability to research and resolve problems with multiple formats.
  • Ability to safely move boxes of books weighing up to 40 pounds.

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $4,300 per month. 

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,964 - $7,308 per month. 

Diversity and Community at SDSU

At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community. 

Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement.  For more information, click here.

Principles of Community

At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university. 

SDSU’s Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another. 

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on April 22, 2024.  To receive full consideration, apply by April 21, 2024.  The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Tina Deesen at

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