Associate Librarian, Law Library, UC Berkeley

Recruitment Period
Open date: February 1st, 2019
Next review date: February 14th, 2019
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: March 18th, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Position Working Title: Cataloging and Metadata Librarian for Rare Materials
Location: Berkeley, CA
Salary Range: Associate Librarian: $54,722 – $75,337 full-time fiscal year rate, based upon qualifications

This is a full-time potential career appointment

Berkeley Law

Berkeley Law is one of the nation’s premier law schools, located at one of the world’s great universities. The Law Library serves a faculty of more than 100, including numerous adjunct and visiting professors and lecturers, more than 900 JD students, 225 LL.M. students, 150 Summer LL.M. students, graduate students from the School of Jurisprudence and Social Policy, and approximately 100 visiting scholars each year. Berkeley Law is the home to the prestigious Robbins Collection, which specializes in religious and civil law, including historical materials and rare books and manuscripts. The Law School has a wide variety of research centers, clinics and projects.

The Berkeley Law Library is seeking a Cataloging and Metadata Librarian responsible for all aspects of cataloging print materials, especially rare books, chiefly in Latin and modern European languages. This will include original and complex copy cataloging according to national rules and standards and the corresponding authority control. Requirements include fundamental cataloging skills: a thorough knowledge of current cataloging rules of description (RDA), LC subject headings and classification, MARC coding, OCLC and local cataloging systems. Requirements also include knowledge of the specifics of rare book cataloging.

Primary Responsibilities

Under the general direction of the Head of the Catalog Department of the Law Library, the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian for Rare Materials focuses on the creation, maintenance, and enrichment of metadata representing Berkeley Law’s physical, digital, and virtual collections, particularly original and complex copy cataloging of printed books from the 15th to the 21st centuries in Latin and various modern European languages. Prepares full descriptive MARC21/RDA catalog records and updates existing records, using RDA and DCRM. Assigns Library of Congress subject headings to new and existing records according to national standards and local practice. Performs authority control and may work with a team of UC Berkeley catalogers to establish and revise name headings in the LC/NACO Authority File according to NACO policies. In addition, in cooperation with other library staff, this position provides expertise in the development, implementation and assessment of metadata policies and procedures to Berkeley Law Library while monitoring external developments, standards development and changing needs in these areas.

Advancement in the Librarian series at UC Berkeley is based in part on professional contributions beyond the primary assignment, e.g., active participation in University and professional settings, publications or other research and creative activity. The successful candidate will show promise or evidence of such contributions.

Minimum Basic Qualification(s) Required at the time of application:

  • Advanced Degree

Additional Required Qualifications by start date in position:

  • 2-4 years of experience as a cataloger with emphasis on rare books, using MARC21, RDA, and DCRM, LC Subject Headings.
  • Advanced reading proficiency of Latin and at least one European language other than English.

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • MLS, MIS, or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent international degree, with a specialization in archival studies.
  • Familiarity with Library of Congress Classification Schedules for Law.
  • Advanced degree in law or the humanities (preferably in Medieval or Early Modern Studies).
  • Experience in the creation of name authority records, preferably for contribution to the Library of Congress as part of the NACO program.
  • Knowledge of a variety of MARC and non-MARC metadata standards and schema.
  • Familiarity with the collection’s core subject areas and with relevant bibliography to support research in these areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and independently in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and ensure regular workflows.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills, as well as initiative and flexibility
  • Knowledge of the specifics of rare book cataloging.
  • A background in theology, philosophy, canon law, church history, European medieval and modern (secular) history, Roman and civil law would also be helpful.

The Law Library at the University of California, Berkeley is committed to the support and encouragement of a multi-cultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UCAFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.

Librarians are eligible for appropriate professional development leave, vacation leave, sick leave, and all other benefits granted non-faculty academic personnel.
Salary is commensurate with training and experience. A description of UC benefits and compensation can be found at the University of California, Berkeley, Office of Human Resources website:

Application Procedure:

Please visit the following link to apply: Applications must include, in PDF format, a cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications, and a curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience. Applicants must also provide in AP Recruit the names and contact information for three (3) references.

This position will remain open until filled.

If you have questions about the position, please contact

The University offers excellent health and retirement benefits, which can be viewed online at

Letters of reference and other materials may be requested of top candidates. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a dossier service or career center, to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

Berkeley Law is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity. Qualified women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V. ; noting degrees and relevant work experience.
  • Cover Letter – Cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

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