University of Georgia Libraries

POSITION: Georgia State Documents Cataloger

DEPARTMENT: Map and Government Information Library


The University of Georgia Libraries seeks a Georgia State Documents Cataloger who will be responsible for performing original and complex copy cataloging of Georgia state government documents. Materials cataloged may include electronic resources and other media. The Georgia State Documents Cataloger will serve as one of the resource persons for original cataloging of these formats within the Map and Government Information Library and in other areas of the UGA Libraries. This position reports to the Head of the Map and Government Information Library.

The UGA Libraries is the designated U.S. Regional Depository Library for the State of Georgia and the official depository for Georgia government publications; it is also home to one of the largest academic map collections in the country. Taken together, the map and government documents collections consist of approximately 1.5 million tangible items and over 3 million microforms. The Map and Government Information Library consists of a head, 3 FTE librarians, 3 FTE staff members plus student assistants.

The UGA Libraries is located on the university's main campus in Athens, Georgia, and its facilities include the Main Library, Science Library, Zell B. Miller Learning Center, Map and Government Information Library, Repository and Special Collections Libraries. Perennially rated as one of the nation's top college towns, Athens offers a vibrant place to work and live. With Atlanta 70 miles to the west, Athens offers good proximity to the city while maintaining a small-town culture and feel. The favorable climate supports an eco-friendly campus, and UGA is currently undergoing a major multi-step plan to convert much of the campus into pedestrian friendly green space. Information about Athens:


*Provides access to UGA Libraries collection of Georgia state documents in a variety of formats, including sets and analytics, by performing original and complex copy cataloging, including editing of records which lack State of Georgia classification numbers and/or subject headings, on the OCLC bibliographic utility.

*Ensures that state agencies and departments within the Georgia state government submit materials for deposit as required by the Official Code of Georgia Annotated 20-5-2.

*Works with Digital Library of Georgia staff to add and provide access to electronic state documents in the Georgia Government Publications database.

*Contributes to the quality and completeness of the local and national databases by revising and updating existing monographic records when necessary, both for local use and as part of the Enhance Program.

*Promotes the use of consistent headings in local and national files, provides references from variant and related terms, and contributes to the efficiency of the national cataloging effort by establishing name and subject authority records.

Maintains quality of work and prepares for change by keeping up with national and international developments in bibliographic control as they relate to monographs.

Enhances the regional and national status of the Libraries and the University and increases the quality of individual contributions to the Map and Government Information Library by participating in continuing education and professional development activities.

*Assists patrons in the use of Map and Government Information Library resources during regular reference desk shifts by answering questions in person, by email and by phone, locating requested materials and resources, and assisting patrons with scanning, printing and photocopying.

Contributes to the efficient processing and uniform understanding of monographic materials throughout the Libraries by maintaining effective working relationships and by serving as a resource person to Libraries staff about government documents (U.S., Georgia, British, Canadian and United Nations) cataloging policies and procedures.

Participates in the Map and Government Information Library’s policy-making process and general Libraries administration by involvement in Catalogers Group and unit meetings and by serving on appropriate committees as elected or assigned.

Participates in library-wide communication by reading, responding to, and initiating information transmitted via the Libraries listserv, and appropriate library-wide or departmental meetings, and asking questions, seeking clarification, or initiating discussion on library issues.

Contributes to compliance with external processing guidelines by staying informed about policies and procedures of the U.S. Government Printing Office, the Federal Depository Library Program, and other depository programs through which documents are received.

Maintains flexibility and awareness of changes in the Map and Government Information Library and the organization and contributes to the team effort by assuming other similar duties and responsibilities as assigned.

*Essential duties of the position.


Required Qualifications:
ALA-accredited MLS; Knowledge of AACR2 and LC classification and subject headings; Ability to work with broad range of subjects; Original or copy cataloging experience with government documents; Familiarity with automated cataloging systems and MARC format; Familiarity with RDA; Ability to function as a contributing team member in a production-oriented environment; Effective verbal and written communication skills; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; Demonstrated ability to work with diverse students and colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications:
Cataloging experience in an academic or research library preferred;Working knowledge of RDA preferred;Academic background or interest in Georgia history preferred.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Minimum salary is $39,500; commensurate with experience. UGA librarians are non-tenured faculty members. UGA offers an attractive benefits program including a choice of health and retirement plans, dental plan, tuition remission and paid relocation, 21 days annual leave, 12 days sick leave, and 12 paid holidays.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by August 28, 2014; however, screening will continue until the position is filled. Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send via email their letters of application, complete resumes, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references to: Jan D. Hudson, Human Resources Manager, University of Georgia Libraries, at

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.