Catalog Librarian

Dayton, Ohio
$23.10 per hour
Job Type: 
Full Time


Dayton Metro Library


  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (preferred) or its equivalent in education and experience required.
  • Thorough knowledge of professional cataloging rules, principles, methods, techniques and procedures.
  • Knowledge of Dewey Decimal classifications, OCLC cataloging system, and ANSCR, DDC and LC subject headings required.
  • Ability to use Internet and other electronic resources. Ability to use e-mail, spreadsheet, and word processing software. 
  • Ability to learn integrated library system functions used in carrying out job duties.  Ability to operate in a network environment.  General knowledge of PC equipment required.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret cataloging records, and policy and procedure manuals.  Ability to write reports and business correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions.  Ability to apply active listening skills. 
  • Able to work while sitting at a computer for long periods of time.
  • Typical work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 5:00.

The Dayton Metro Library is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


The Dayton Metro Library is seeking a full-time, detail-oriented Catalog Librarian to join our Cataloging team, which works at our Operations Center (one block south of the Main Library).  This Librarian will be one of three full-time Catalog Librarians on staff and should possess knowledge of professional cataloging rules, Dewey Decimal classifications, the OCLC cataloging system, and ANSCR, DDC and LC subject headings.  The ideal candidate will be very self-directed, skilled in decision making, and be able to accomplish their work according to set standards with no errors. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The Dayton Metro Library (DML) serves Montgomery County in Southwest Ohio. Named a 3-Star Library by Library Journal in 2020, DML has 18 branches and a Main Library that anchors downtown Dayton.   If this sounds like your dream job, apply today!



 Why Dayton?  From the community’s vast outdoor recreation opportunities to its wide variety of housing choices, to abundant amenities usually found in much larger cities, no matter what your interests, you can build a life filled with purpose, opportunity and joy.  The City of Dayton was recently designated the first official “Welcoming City,” but our region’s efforts to embrace newcomers extends beyond the title. Vast immigrant resources, a vibrant LGBTQIA network, and supportive young professional organizations ensure that there is a welcome spot for everyone.  


Experience all four seasons at hundreds of parks spanning tens of thousands of acres. Hike, bike, camp and explore in the destination National Geographic called the “Outdoor Adventure Capital in the Midwest.” Dayton Dragons Baseball (a Cincinnati Reds Single A affiliate) and great collegiate sports will keep any sports fan busy. All this, plus a great location nestled just an hour from Cincinnati or Columbus, if you seek a change of scenery.  



  • Performs original or copy cataloging for the Dayton Metro Library’s (DML) and its affiliates’ collections using current national and local standard practices on OCLC’s WorldCat database.
  • Classifies new library materials using Dewey Decimal, ANSCR and local classification schemes.
  • Assigns classification to material and verifies item record information.
  • Performs authority work in conjunction with copy or original work. May contribute to national cooperative programs or standards as time allows.
  • Participates in database quality control projects and assists in the maintenance of local online authority file.
  • Proofreads MARC records and call numbers.
  • Assists in maintaining local documentation of Dayton Metro Library’s cataloging practices and serves as a resource for copy catalogers.
  • Provides training for new Cataloging staff members.
  • Assists in maintaining URLs for the library’s electronic collections.
  • Deducts OCLC holdings for Serial MARC records, as directed.
  • Assists in maintaining weekly statistics.
  • Participates in special cataloging or database clean-up projects.


Contact Information: 

For first consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three employment references to Jennifer Kadel at by May 4, 2021.


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