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Library Specialist

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Oral Roberts University is a non-profit organization whose staff and faculty actually make a difference in the lives of its students. We pride ourselves on our culture and the values we uphold. Our team is passionate about what we do, and we want you to make us even better! 


Job Description
- Full Time

Especially for the special collection in the Holy Spirit Research Center and ORU Archives (HSRC-A), catalogs monographic books and media materials. Analyzes subject matter and performs original and/or copy cataloging. Assigns subject headings and call numbers. Creates bibliographic records in formats: books, audio-visual, sound recording, computer files and maps. Ensures that cataloging for monographic HSRC-A, Health Science, Nursing, and Curriculum Media Center materials are accessible for library patrons and staff. Quality controls monographic items before release for shelving. 


  • "COPY" CATALOGING: a) Search the OCLC database for correct bibliographic record. b) Download the bib record to Innovative Interfaces library system, merging with Acquisitions holding record, create spine label ; c) Edit record according to OCLC/MARC and local standards ; d) Add operator, price and location information to holding record. 
  • CATALOGING: a) Assign call numbers according to Library of Congress or National Library of Medicine classification if not on bib record. b) Assign subject headings from the Library of Congress authorities if not on bib record. c) Check medical subject headings in NLM's manual, adds local symbol, and if necessary, makes changes to bib record and local authority file. d) Assign NLM call number to the bib record if the LC call number falls within the QM-QR and R range, or if there is no call number and it requires medical classification; updates AV records to descriptive level "a"; change all annotated juvenile subject headings to LC subject headings; view video materials to verify or add access points, headings, credits, statements of responsibility, summary, etc. 
  • ORIGINAL CATALOGING: a) Analyze subject matter, determines format, classification scheme, etc. b) View videos, examines books, and other AV, for content information, access points, headings, credits, statements of responsibility, summary, etc. c) Check LC authority records for subject, series, personal name, and corporate name information before creating bib record; consult LC Classification Web (online) and LC Subject Authority records for policies and procedures regarding subject headings, topical headings, form headings, allowable subfields, etc. d) Assign subject headings in the order of importance; assign call numbers based on Library of Congress or NLM classification, local call numbers, and the order and content of the subject headings. e) Create level I bibliographic records based on RDA Toolkit cataloging rules, LC-PCC rule interpretations and OCLC/MARC tagging rules. 
  • PHYSICAL PROCESSING: a) Affix and tape or glue labels. b) Stamp with date and property stamp. c) Security strip appropriate items. d) Insert date due slips in appropriate items. e) Tape book jackets on appropriate items. f) Hand-write call number, barcode number and ORU on non-print media. g) Affix barcode if needed; h) Affix dots on appropriate materials. i) Remove old labels as necessary; j) Compare the created label with TPR within item. 
  • QUALITY CONTROL: a) Verify that physical item and bibliographic and holdings record on the library system match to ensure that patrons can locate items properly. b) Change item status. c) Send email notifications to professors/library liaisons of requested items of item availability. 
  • DELIVERY: Deliver processed items to appropriate department or arrange for their pick-up. 
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: a) Stay informed about the changes and revisions to our bibliographic systems, OCLC formats, RDA, BibFrame, Library of Congress rule interpretations, LC name/subject/series authorities, and the various software packages that support them. b) Review RDA-L, AUTOCAT listserv NLM, OCLC, and AV electronic sites, journals, and various publications, etc. 
  • MISCELLANEOUS: a) Serve as an information resource for the library staff by providing assistance in specified areas of expertise; b) Work on various bibliographic maintenance projects; c) Attend meetings. 



  • Earned bachelor's degree
  • Significant relevant experience and demonstrated skills in library cataloging or technical services may be considered in lieu of degree.


Five years of experience in monograph and media formats to include OCLC and Integrated Library System experience. Must have an extensive knowledge of descriptive and subject cataloging/classification.

 Must have ability to work effectively and efficiently under stress and seasonal work load; perform detailed, repetitive procedures; understand, assimilate, and execute written and verbal instructions; set priorities, organize, and manage work load; and concentrate and be alert to details.

 Must maintain a high level of confidentiality of information. 

 Maintains compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) policy and its procedures. 

Benefits & Perks

Great Company Culture. Enjoy a Christian atmosphere.
Make No Little Plans Here. Everything you do makes a difference.
Great Team Members. People you'll enjoy being around.
Improve Your Health. Free access to the on-campus aerobic center.
Stay Sharp. Access to the ORU library and discounted tuition for yourself and dependents.
Rest and Relaxation. 10 days of paid vacation, 5 sick days and 10 days of paid holidays.
Fair Compensation. Based on your skills and experience.
Benefits. Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, matched retirement savings and tuition for yourself and dependents.

Physical Demands

PHYSICAL & ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS will include but not be limited to:  standing, standing, stooping, pushing and/or pulling, twisting of upper body, repetitive motion, pushing/pulling, manual dexterity for operation of office machines/equipment, and occasional lifting or carrying up to 25 lbs.  Vision to include: near, far, and good hearing.  There is some exposure to dust/allergens.

Oral Roberts University employs, advances, admits, and treats in its employment and educational programs all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, status as a veteran or genetic information.

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