Cataloging and Metadata Assistant; Chapman University Law Library; Orange

JOB NUMBER: 153-15
SCHEDULE: 8AM - 5PM, Monday-Friday
SALARY: $38,000 minimum; commensurate with experience plus benefits.


Chapman University, located in historic Old Towne Orange, California, provides a stunning setting for the School of Law, ranked among the top ten law schools for “Best Quality of Life” by the Princeton Review since 2005. Chapman University was founded in 1861 and the law school was established in 1995. In its first twenty years the Dale E. Fowler School of Law has grown into a well-recognized law school with excellent students, a talented and dedicated faculty, a cohesive university environment, state of the art physical facilities, and the second largest reported gift to an American law school. Chapman is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and is in the “Top Schools” category of U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings.

The law library occupies one full wing of the law school building. Owning over 300,000 volumes in print and microfiche and more than 200,000 electronic titles, the law library is well equipped to support students through the law school experience. Serving students, faculty, and staff in the University community and legal professionals in the Orange County area, the Law Library is a team of collaborative, forward-thinking colleagues dedicated to providing excellent service in a rapidly evolving information environment.

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate against qualified employees or applicants based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law. Equal employment opportunity will be extended to all persons in all terms and conditions of employment.


The Chapman University Law Library is currently seeking nominations and applications for an energetic and innovative professional to fill the Cataloging and Metadata Assistant position within the Technical Services department. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, technologically savvy, committed to problem-solving, and able to contribute innovative ideas to cataloging and database quality control projects and workflows.

Under the supervision of the Collection Management Librarian, the Cataloging and Metadata Assistant is responsible for copy cataloging and metadata creation for materials in all formats in the law library collection, loading and correcting MARC bibliographic records for e-resource packages, routine bibliographic and authority record maintenance in the ILS, withdrawing materials from the print collection, and keeping cataloging statistics.

Additional duties include: shelf-listing, loose-leaf filing, assisting in training and supervising student workers, creating and updating procedural documentation, and working on special projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum two years of experience in cataloging/metadata creation.
  • Skill in reading, interpreting, and editing MARC bibliographic records.
  • Experience working with the staff modules of an integrated library system.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to learn new technologies, tools, processes, and workflows.
  • Ability to take direction, follow established procedures and directions, and maintain a positive attitude.
  • Ability to think and work in an organized and effective manner in an environment with multiple concurrent projects and tasks.
  • Ability to work independently and with others in a collaborative team environment.


  • Experience with the Innovative Sierra ILS.
  • Working knowledge of the AACR2 and RDA cataloging standards.
  • Knowledge of Library of Congress Subject Headings and Classification Web.
  • Working knowledge of the Library of Congress Classification system.
  • Experience using cataloging tools such as OCLC Connexion.
  • Experience understanding and cataloging legal materials.

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