Job Opportunity: Taos Librarian III, Cataloger


The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following full-time position which includes an excellent benefit package; 100% major medical premium paid for employee with a choice of State of New Mexico Blue Cross Blue Shield, HMO & PPO or Presbyterian, State of New Mexico Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) Retirement, personal leave and holiday pay, employee development and training programs and much more!


Job Title: Librarian III

Taos Public Library

Classification FLSA: Non-Exempt

Salary: Depending on Experience (DOE)

Opening Date: July 23, 2015

Closing Date: Open until filled

The position performs a variety of advanced level technical and complex duties as needed to expedite the delivery of public library technical services. Functional assignments may occur within any division, including fiction/fine arts, children/young adult, adult, non-fiction, circulation, periodicals or technical services processing, acquisitions or cataloging.


The position works under the general supervision of a Librarian VI, Associate Director or Library Director.


Provide close supervision to part-time, seasonal, temporary or volunteer library staff.


The position oversees the cataloging function of the library ensuring that materials are cataloged promptly and efficiently based on national library standards. Responsibilities include the following: copy and original cataloging; classification and processing of all library materials in a variety of formats using an online program; corrects and resolves problems with bibliographic records and holdings entries in the integrated library system;  participates in the upgrading and maintenance of library database systems, specifically cataloging; identifies book, e-book,  audio visual categories; creates call numbers and fiction cutter numbers; edits bibliographic records, creates labels; searches database (OCLC) for records not already found in the system; maintenance of the collection area including weeding and inventory control; special collections, archives, and storage area.

Responsible for providing statistical and evaluative reports to library administration as scheduled or requested;  participate in professional, webinars, and staff development activities; keeps current of emerging trends in cataloging and technical services, including reading professional literature, attending conferences, and subscribing to appropriate listservs.

Responsible for collection development activities and processes related to gifts donated by users and organizations; make recommendations for purchase.  May be assigned the lead on special projects; performs training for new staff members; provides general training to public groups and organizations in explaining library programs and services.

Performs more complex public service functions related to reference; receives and responds to detailed reference questions, in person and via email; utilizes all reference avenues of the library in searching and locating information and selection materials; recommends materials to patrons; initiates actions such as placing holds, calling on loans, etc.; provide simple training and tutoring to patrons in use of computer to locate collection materials via internet, etc.; monitors e-mail addresses to check for memos, directives and information.

Performs various aspects of the collection processing function; processes paper back and hardback books; processes audio visual materials, CD’s, videos, slides, pictures, posters, e-books etc.; prepares book jacket coverings; assures proper labeling of collection items; assigns bar-codes, verifies bibliography records, changes labels; mends materials as needed, makes recommendations to mend, bind or discard; processes library bindery orders, receives bindery deliveries and verifies shipments, and performs quality  checks;  handles rush orders to meet 24 hr. turn-around objectives; laminates posters, signs, etc.

Receives special assignments related to on-going monitoring of an assigned collection or special function; performs general collection upkeep and maintenance; discovers and replaces missing items; may in-process new materials (i.e., periodicals), assure proper labeling and completes computer documentation verifying collection status.

Performs regular upkeep on library equipment and machines, i.e., photocopiers, microfilm readers, computers; assures proper supply of paper, replaces toner, removes paper jams, etc.; provides general instructions to patrons in equipment operations; sends and receives fax communications.

Performs complete circulation support duties; checks books and materials in and out, assures proper sensitizing or desensitizing of coded information; verifies proper bar-codes, checks for damaged materials; retrieves book-drop materials; operates computer to enter and update patron records; identifies patron status in relation to obligations, i.e., fines, and communicates the same to patrons; follows established guidelines in allowing waiver of fines; issues library cards; operates computer to delete items from the collections.

Performs regular upkeep to library OPAC, blog and social media sites. Represents library on committees and reports on library events.

Performs related duties as required.


Education and Experience: Graduation from college with an associate degree in liberal arts, library science or related field; AND Three (3) years of experience performing above or related duties; OR An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of library reference, circulation, cataloging and classification methods, practices and procedures; Dewey Decimal System; working with online and software programs to efficiently catalog library materials.  Working knowledge: various areas of specialization of material related to different patron groups; reader interest levels; interpersonal communication skills; various specialty routines, methods, processes and procedures related to circulation, periodicals, and technical services; software applications, i.e., MS Word, Excel, Netscape/Explorer; various types of inter-related equipment, specifications and compatibility; specialized library system elements, i.e., OPAC, MARC records, subject headings, authority records, Boolean searching, RDA cataloging etc.

Ability to perform general functions quickly and accurately; understand and follow written and oral instructions and work independently in carrying out work assignments; adhere to a prescribed routine; operate various office machines and equipment; establish and maintain effective working relationship with fellow employees and patrons of all ages; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to think analytically;  commitment to and record of strong customer service; able to work a flexible schedule.

Special Qualifications:

Must possess State of New Mexico Librarian certification I or II.  MLS degree does not require certification.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS– If you feel you meet the education, experience and minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Taos Public Library Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application, to:  Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail:  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted.  Applications will be accepted until the position vacancy is filled.

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