University of St. Thomas
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Full Time

A full-time, benefit eligible position.

University of St. Thomas

Houston, Texas

Technical Services Librarian


The University of St. Thomas (, a private Catholic university committed to the liberal arts and to the religious and intellectual tradition of a Catholic higher education, is seeking a Technical Services Librarian. The University enrolls more than 3,700 students with its main campus located in Houston's Museum District. This position reports directly to the University's Dean of Libraries. Full-time non-tenure track faculty position.



The Technical Services Librarian will be responsible for the cataloging of all library material and also for the management of the library online catalog system. In addition, the incumbent will contribute to the library public services through reference assistance.


The Technical Services Librarian position is a full time, benefit-eligible position, with salary based upon experience, education, and competencies.


Essential duties and responsibilities:


    • Manage the library online system; implement new modules, upgrades, troubleshooting, and use of SQL for generating reports. Assist each library department with training in the online library system, as needed.
    • Supervise the copy cataloging: The catalog librarian is responsible for any necessary changes to the MARC records for all cataloging formats and to load this information into the library online catalog.
    • Develop and maintain authority files. Maintain content note fields, 856 fields, import e-book records. Add volumes and copies as needed to the library online system. Delete holdings from OCLC and records from the Horizon system as needed.
    • Supervise the ongoing inventory of the book collection.
    • Perform original cataloging as needed. Determine a book's subject heading, main entry, call number and enter this information into the OCLC data base and into the library online catalog.
    • Responsible to catalog print periodical records (as needed) using the MARC format and updating the holdings in COLC.
    • Supervise the preparation of books for the bindery. Approximately every 4 weeks the catalog librarian sends out the paperbacks and books requiring rebinding to the binding vendor for hard covers.
    • Responsible to do basic book repair. Books that have minor damage are repaired at Doherty Library.


  • Train student workers for copy cataloging, bindery preparation, inventory, general book processing (spine labels, security tags, etc.), and simple book repair tasks.


  • Perform quality control of all student assistants working in the cataloging department.


  • Keep informed of the latest cataloging and online library integrated systems developments. Explore new developments; make recommendations to the Library Dean regarding new or improved systems and implement innovations to our cataloging systems and workflow as appropriate.


  • In the absence of the Electronic Resources Librarian, maintain the library web pages using content management systems.


  • In the absence of the Electronic Resources Librarian, troubleshoot patron problems with remote access (currently using EZ Proxy).


  • Prepare cataloging and collection statistics. In the absence of the Electronic Resources Librarian, prepare annual database usage statistics.


  • Act as co-supervisor (with the Electronic Resources Librarian) of all interlibrary loan activity. Responsible to manage the interlibrary loan system including the resolution of problems related to patrons or to the system itself; keep the ILL system updated with the latest technology and protocols; plan for and implement innovations to the interlibrary loan service; assist with the daily processing of loans/borrows; process interlibrary loan activity whenever there are staff absences to insure continuous service to our academic community; train and evaluate interlibrary loan staff.


  • Provide reference assistance, scheduled several hours at the reference desk each week.


  • Serve as the library liaison to the Central Computing Services.


  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


Supervisory responsibilities:


Supervise student assistants in the cataloging department and when working at the reference desk. Supervise the staff responsible for the daily processing of interlibrary loans and borrowing.





Knowledge and skills required:


ALA accredited MLS degree required.

Experience using online library systems and related software.

Knowledge of MARC format, AACRII and LOC classification cataloging using the OCLC Connexion browser and /or client. Use of the MARC Edit for batch processing. Knowledge of SQL preferred and other programming languages and software as needed. Effective communication and organizational skills are required.


Working conditions:


Some bending, lifting, stooping required in an office environment.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of work performed

by individuals in this job classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and qualifications required of individuals in this job classification. All job classifications may have miscellaneous job duties assigned on an as needed basis. Management, at the appropriate level, retains the right to assign and change the duties of any position at any time.


The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

University of St. Thomas
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