Utah State University

Assistant Librarian (Discovery Services Librarian)

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(7/14/2023 11:02 AM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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University Libraries
Spec Collections Digital&Cataloging
Advertised Salary
Telework Eligible


Utah State University (USU) Libraries seeks a collaborative, innovative, and service-minded Librarian to manage the record ingestion and metadata transformation routines for the Libraries’ electronic and print resources. The Discovery Services Librarian will oversee the discovery and access of electronic resources and streaming media, as well as advise and assist on the bulk metadata transformation routines for print resources. The successful applicant will work in a dynamic, collaborative environment with support for professional growth and development.


USU Libraries is currently wrapping up a realignment process that will position the Libraries to be agile and at the forefront of changing user needs. We anticipate this will be completed Fall 2023. Please note that these new alignments may not be reflected on the Libraries’ website or public presences until the end of the process. Current information on the new organizational structure can be requested from Carol Kochan or Becky Skeen. The successful applicant will report to the chair overseeing collection management.


The position is a 12-month, tenure track faculty appointment with rank as Assistant Librarian. The position is open fall 2023 and the start date is negotiable.


  • 75% Librarianship Responsibilities
    • Extract, transform, enrich, and/or load metadata records at scale
    • Analyze, standardize, and maintain processes and procedures for the batch ingest and management of bibliographic metadata
    • Perform complex or specialized batch cataloging and import operations, primarily focusing on batch manipulation of MARC records
    • Collaborate with colleagues to ensure that the bibliographic and holdings metadata for library collections are up to date and accurate in the Libraries’ discovery systems
    • Serve as point person for consortium sharing projects
    • Run reports and provide analytics from Library Services Platform (LSP)
    • Provide quality control for cataloging and metadata work, according to established national and local standards
    • Engage with, suggest improvements to, and/or create new cataloging and metadata workflows
    • Keep current with new and emerging tools, technology, and standards changes
    • Document workflows and develop trainings for student and staff on best practices and workflows
    • Work across the library to help standardize workflows and communication
  • 15% Research and Creative Endeavors Responsibilities:
    • Contribute to the fields of cataloging, metadata, collection development, electronic resources, or librarianship through original research or scholarly outputs (presentations, publications, white papers, standards development, exhibits, etc.)
  • 10% Service Responsibilities:
    • Contribute to the fields of cataloging, metadata, collection development, electronic resources, or librarianship by serving on university, local, regional, national, or international committees


USU Libraries understands that successful candidates possess a variety of experiences and abilities, some of which lend themselves to demonstrating these qualifications better than others. We encourage candidates to think broadly about how their experiences, knowledge, skills, and abilities can apply to the qualifications. We remain committed to professional development and training to continue to build and evolve skills for the future.


Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS, or equivalent degree, by start date. An appointment as affiliate librarian will be considered for those who complete degree requirement by December 2023.
  • Experience with metadata schemas, controlled vocabularies, and cataloging standards, such as MARC, RDA, LCSH, etc. in a professional or educational capacity
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant cataloging/metadata tools and systems (for example: MarcEdit, OCLC Connexion, ClassWeb, or OpenRefine)
  • Experience working with a Library Services Platform (LSP), such as Sierra, Alma, FOLIO, or Worldshare Management Services, etc.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to practices that foster inclusion and belonging
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including listening, speaking, and writing
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills
  • Ability to set and follow through on both individual and team priorities
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing assignments and needs
  • Ability to meet the university's requirements for promotion and tenure

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project management experience
  • Experience cataloging in MARC or other common schemas in an academic library setting
  • Experience writing technical and procedural documentation
  • Familiarity with OCLC applications including Connexion, Record Manager, CollectionManager, etc.
  • Knowledge of constructing SQL queries
  • Familiarity with the information seeking behaviors of students and faculty
  • Working knowledge of acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, or other workflows supported by a Library Services Platform (LSP)

Salary minimum of $55,000, plus excellent benefits including a 14.2% (starting at $7,810) annual retirement contribution.

Utah State University offers a competitive benefits package which includes medical and dental, and 22 days/year vacation.

The Libraries provide generous support for professional development and travel. The Libraries support a flexible work environment while recognizing the level of flexibility within positions will vary based on individual job responsibilities.

Relocation assistance is available.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. CV/Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application
    • Please address each of the minimum and preferred qualifications in your letter as fully as possible using evidence from your educational or workplace experience as appropriate.

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary



Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  


As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  


Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 7/2023

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov


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