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Minimum USD Salary: 75,000
Maximum USD Salary: 78,000


Company: University of Utah

Posting Details

The University of Utah, an AA/EO employer, encourages applications from all qualified individuals, and provides reasonable accommodation to the known disabilities of applicants and employees. The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank
Assistant or Associate Librarian

00790 – Marriott Library – Operations

Salt Lake City, UT

Tenure Track

New Position to Begin
November 1, 2024


Information and Inquiries: To learn about the position or provide a nomination, please contact Melanie Hawks, Assistant Dean for Organizational Development and Director of Library Human Resources, at Additional information about the application process can be found at

Position Summary:

Are you a problem solver passionate about collaborating with colleagues to describe and make scholarly resources available to stakeholders for a thriving community of students, faculty, and researchers? The Collections and Scholarly Communication Division at the J. Willard Marriott Library seeks a meticulous and flexible individual to lead the cataloging and processing of library materials, providing original and complex cataloging, leadership, and consultation for resource description in metadata schemas for resources in all formats. This person provides long-term strategies to deal with MARC metadata initiatives and provides direction for staff in techniques and new methodologies. As the University embarks upon new strategic directions, this is an exciting time at the University of Utah.

Work Location:
Relocation to the Salt Lake City, Utah area is required and will be financially supported by house hunting and moving allowances. This position is currently designed as a hybrid of on-campus and local remote work. The telecommuting arrangement will be based on the position’s needs and authorized at the Head of Collections & Resource Description’s discretion.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Facilitates collaboration among the four campus libraries to ensure the most efficient and appropriate metadata standards and best practices are used in making physical, electronic, and digital materials discoverable and accessible in the library’s Integrated Library System (ILS).
  • Coordinates and reports on the activities of librarians and staff currently involved in resource description, including the direct supervision of staff.
  • Leads the development of policies, procedures, best practices, standards, and efficient workflows.
  • Completes original and copy cataloging in all formats (i.e., physical, electronic, and digital).
  • Ensures compliance with national and local standards such as MARC, RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LCC, NACO, BIBCO, CONSER, and other appropriate resource description standards.
  • Maintains authority control and provides database maintenance.
  • Leads special projects, including critical cataloging initiatives

Management & Supervision:

This position reports directly to the Head of Collections & Resource Description.

This position manages a team of three people

  • Direct reports: 3 full-time staff

Join us in creating a great organization:
We welcome applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds, including those who may not have followed a traditional career path. We are especially interested in identifying and interviewing candidates with experience and expertise that will contribute to advancing our mission to provide everyone with access to information resources and educational opportunities. The Marriott Library faculty and staff are committed to ensuring that the University of Utah is a place where people can unite in a spirit of belonging and community. The Utah Office of Refugee Services cited the library’s leadership efforts when it named the University of Utah “Employer of the Year.” Since 2021, we have employed a grant-funded Special Project Archivist to preserve and enhance access to oral histories previously conducted with people from the state’s Native American communities. Current digital exhibits highlight the contributions of many different groups in our community, such as women in STEM, Utah’s Japanese American community, and youth activist artists. Library faculty have recently published/presented research on residency programs, tribal outreach and American Indian intellectual property, remediated subject headings, and meeting a wide array of student needs through innovative outreach. We have a long tradition of incorporating universal design principles into our physical and virtual spaces.

The library is currently undergoing a strategic planning process. Our plan will ultimately align with the University’s evolving Strategy 2030 (

The information in this posting is intended to give applicants an understanding of the role and the types of skills, experiences, and credentials that will typically make someone qualified for consideration and prepared to meet the position expectations. We do not expect any candidate to be a perfect match for everything listed or to perform all duties with equal proficiently on day one. In your CV and cover letter, please highlight the most relevant qualifications you would bring to this position based on the posting.

Required Qualifications: ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or equivalent.

  • Experience cataloging a variety of digital and physical formats.
  • Experience applying cataloging tools and certifications, such as RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LCC, and MARC21 for bibliographic and authority data.
  • Experience with library services platforms, i.e., Alma-Primo.
  • Experience with software and tools for editing bibliographic records, such as OCLC Connexion and MarcEdit.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with existing and evolving metadata standards and schemas, such as RDF and EAD.
  • Strong supervisory experience, including experience with training, process improvement, coaching, and performance management.
  • Experience with critical cataloging, reparative description, or similar projects.
  • Experience with national cooperative cataloging programs such as NACO, BIBCO, CONSER, or SACO.
  • Experience in performing name, series, and subject authority work.
  • Cataloging experience with non-English materials.

Criteria for Faculty Appointment:

To be eligible for appointment at the Assistant rank, you will need to demonstrate evidence of active participation and involvement in professional and scholarly associations or a record of scholarly engagement.

To be eligible for appointment at the Associate rank, you must have demonstrated a record of achievement sufficient to be awarded tenure concurrent with the appointment. At the time of appointment, a packet demonstrating evidence of active participation in professional associations and a record of scholarly engagement will be required.

The successful completion of a criminal background check is required by Utah state law (


Salary is for a 12-month effort and will be dependent on qualifications and rank appointment.

The budgeted salary range for appointment at the Assistant Librarian rank is $63,000-$68,000.

The budgeted salary range for appointment at the Associate Librarian rank is $75,000-78,000.

Our excellent benefits include a 14.2% retirement contribution to TIAA-CREF/Fidelity, medical and dental coverage, and generous paid sick and vacation time.

Application instructions:Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing the strengths you would bring to the role/organization, and contact information for five professional references. Reference letters are not requested.

Preferred consideration will be given to all applications received by July 7, 2024.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA). More information, including the Director/Title IX Coordinator’s office address, electronic mail address, and telephone number can be located at:
Online reports may be submitted at


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen. This report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Required documents to upload:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of 5 Professional References

Preferred consideration will be given to all applications received by July 7, 2024.

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