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Indiana University: Chinese Resources Cataloger

This full-time position is with the Herman B. Wells Library, located on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus. Advertised salary: $19.23-$21.15 per hour.



Department Information

The IU Libraries’ mission is to support and strengthen teaching, learning, and research by providing the collections, services, and environments that lead to intellectual discovery. Our materials are digital, visual, audio, and print. They are curated from our campuses, our country, and our world. As a result, they are in 450 different languages, world-renowned, and ready to connect students and researchers with limitless possibilities. We are also proud to be home to Indiana University Press, an academic press serving the world of scholarship and culture as a professional, not-for-profit publisher.

Job Summary

Department Specific Responsibilities

  • Creates and edits full-level bibliographic records for Chinese language text monographs contributed to the OCLC WorldCat international catalog and as a Bibliographic Record Cooperative Program (BIBCO) participant.
  • Creates and edits authority records for the Name Authority Component (NACO) of the Program for the Cooperative Cataloging (PCC).
  • Studies current and developing metadata standards and best practices for Chinese resources. Documents changes to metadata policies and workflows in consultation with the supervisor.
  • Serves as a liaison to the collection managers and other areas of metadata in the IU Libraries working with Chinese materials.
  • May develop, coordinate, and/or supervise project work.

General Responsibilities

  • Catalogs based on current structure and information. Catalogs material using bibliographic records; updates and maintains catalogs and databases.
  • Creates original cataloging where no source record exists using derivative cataloging.
  • Revises cataloging as needed and edits authority records.
  • Collects and collates data, compiles statistics, and uses compiled information to prepare unit reports.
  • May assist faculty, students, and other patrons by answering phones and handling library-related issues, resolving non-routine problems related to library activities.
  • May oversee library department desk and provide training and direction for students employees working the front desk.
  • Provides guidance to other library staff.


Combinations of related education and experience may be considered. Education beyond the minimum required may be substituted for work experience. Work experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted for education. 




  • High school diploma or equivalent (such as HSED or GED)



  • 4 years library experience



  • Proficient reading knowledge of Chinese
  • Proficient communication skills
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  • Demonstrates time management and priority setting skills
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Highly thorough and dependable
  • Possesses a high degree of initiative
  • Ability to build strong customer relationships
  • Experience with information systems and web-based applications, such as databases, online search and discovery tools, and cataloging/metadata applications
  • Understanding of the common security protocols related to Internet use and protecting the information privacy of library users
  • Ability to research and synthesize information into actionable information for library colleagues and users


  • Knowledge of cataloging concepts, standards, and procedures including RDA and MARC, BIBCO and NACO standards
  • Knowledge of Chinese civilization and culture
  • Ability to maintain attention to detail for sustained periods of time

Working Conditions / Demands

This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Work Location

Herman B Wells Library

This position is eligible to work a limited hybrid schedule (mix between remote and in-person work), subject to change in the future based on university policy and business needs.

Advertised Salary

$19.23 per hour- $21.15 per hour

Work Hours

After the probationary period: flexible work hours available, within departmental core hours (10:00 AM – 3:00 PM) guidelines.

Benefits Overview

For full-time staff employees, Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:

  • Multiple plan options for medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
  • Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options
  • Base retirement plan contribution from IU, subject to vesting
  • Additional supplemental retirement plan options
  • Tuition benefit for IU classes
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Learn more about our benefits by reviewing our online Benefits Brochure.

Job Classification

Career Level: Mastery

FLSA: Nonexempt

Job Function: Educational Resources & Tech

Job Family: Library Services

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Posting Disclaimer

This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

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