Media Cataloger

The Florida International University Libraries are seeking an energetic and service-oriented full-time Media Cataloger. Reporting to the Head of the Cataloging Department at Green Library but located primarily at the Hubert Library, the Media Cataloger will have responsibility for original and complex copy cataloging and authority work for materials for the FIU Libraries’ audio and video collections, whether online or tangible. In addition to newly acquired media, the work will include the cataloging of reformatted media from the libraries’ Special Collections and/or Sound and Image Departments, as well as cataloging the historic phonograph recordings in the Diaz-Ayala Collection. This project requires close cooperation with Sound and Image, Systems and the Digital Collections Center in order to cross-walk the metadata from a local database into standard metadata schema for easy user access, with both thumbnails and full-size images of the cover art, sound clips and possibly full streaming audio. As time permits, the Media Cataloger may also process authority control reports and catalog books, serials and other physical or electronic media for the FIU Libraries.

FIU catalogers work in a statewide shared bibliographic database, currently using the Aleph library management system. Cataloging is done following national, state and local standards. The consortium of State University Libraries plans to implement Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new international cataloging standard, in synchrony with the Library of Congress on March 31, 2013. The Media Cataloger will be expected to take a leadership role in the implementation of RDA for media materials. FIU catalogers contribute to NACO/SACO. Librarians are expected to participate in professional development, research, and service activities to meet the Libraries’ and University’s requirements for promotion.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent
  • Cataloging experience using AACR2r, LCRI, LCSH, and MARC21 standards
  • Experience using OCLC and a library management system
  • Familiarity with authority control principles
  • Knowledge of RDA, Resource Description and Access
  • Effective oral and written communication, including ability to develop clear written procedures to assist with staff training
  • Ability to take initiative, work accurately, and follow through effectively and efficiently with all issues and tasks
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a culturally diverse environment
  • Ability to adapt to changing standards and evolving work-related expectations in a dynamic working environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Bibliographic knowledge of Spanish
  • Commitment to the service mission of the academic library

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the “functional requirements” family of conceptual models: FRBR, FRAD and FRSAR
  • Some knowledge of non-MARC metadata standards
  • Skill in standard office software, such as Word and Excel
  • Fluency in Spanish; other foreign languages useful

Rank/Salary: Non-tenured faculty status; rank and salary are competitive based on qualifications and experience.

About the University: Florida International University is a comprehensive university offering 340 majors in 188 degree programs in 23 colleges and schools, with innovative bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs across all disciplines including medicine, public health, law, journalism, hospitality, and architecture. FIU is Carnegie-designated as both a research university with high research activity and a community-engaged university. Located in the heart of the dynamic south Florida urban region, our multiple campuses serve over 50,000 students, placing FIU among the ten largest universities in the nation. Our annual research expenditures in excess of $100 million and our deep commitment to engagement have made FIU the go-to solutions center for issues ranging from local to global. FIU leads the nation in granting bachelor’s degrees, including in the STEM fields, to minority students and is first in awarding STEM master’s degrees to Hispanics. Our students, faculty, and staff reflect Miami’s diverse population, earning FIU the designation of Hispanic-Serving Institution. At FIU, we are proud to be ‘Worlds Ahead’! For more information about FIU, visit

About the Libraries: For information about the FIU Libraries, please visit

Review of Applications: Continues until the position is filled.

To Apply: Applications must be submitted online at When applying, please reference Job Opening ID: 505651. Attach a cover letter, a resume, and the names and contact information for 3 professional references, in a single file. To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by April 29, 2013. All inquiries should be directed to Zhonghua Du, Chair of the Search and Screen Committee, at

FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and is an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer.