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Job Summary

The Information Resources (IR) Specialist Intermediate is a member of the Scholarly Publishing & Intellectual Access Services Unit and of varying cross-departmental work groups. The IR Specialist Intermediate performs metadata creation and original and/or copy cataloging of materials in a variety of formats and languages, and resolves complex cataloging problems. The IR Specialist Intermediate views challenges and problems within the context of departmental and library wide goals, develops areas of expertise, and acts as a contributing member of a variety of cross-departmental committees and teams formed to accomplish ongoing or one-time assignments. The IR Specialist Intermediate works under the general supervision of the Scholarly Publishing & Intellectual Access Services Unit Leader and receives functional supervision from the Information Resources Specialist Lead.


Cataloging, classification, authority control, metadata, database maintenance

  • Perform copy and original cataloging and re-cataloging of materials, using RDA and Library of Congress classification, according to national and local standards.  Material may be in any language or format, and usually requires considerable knowledge, experience, analytical ability, and judgment

  • Resolve cataloging and classification issues and document decisions and practices

  • Responsible for descriptive cataloging with subject analysis and authority work

  • Responsible for seeing that related checkin and item records are created and contain accurate information

  • Review, analyze, and make changes to the library’s online catalog to enhance access, as needed

  • Assist with the evaluation, editing, and loading of records from vendors or third-party sources

  • Confer with staff in other units and departments if there are problems with the handling of an item, and for making provision for the physical handling of unusual items

  • Serve as a source of information about cataloging, classification, and authority control practices; provide training and problem-solving to other staff, both within and outside Scholarly Publishing & Intellectual Access Services Unit

  • Process routine and non-routine transfer/withdrawals by modifying online bibliographic, item, and checkin records

  • Create and/or update Unit manuals and forms

Other Unit and Library-wide work

  • Receive materials from a variety of vendors, donated items, and US depository and EU depository materials, among others

  • Assist with the completion of official biannual Collection Statistics and portions of the monthly statistics

  • Search unsolicited serials, following the established procedures

  • Participate in Unit and Library-wide meetings

  • Participate in short- and long-term Unit and Library-wide planning and revision of practices and procedures

  • Other duties or special projects as assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • 3 years library experience and Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience with cataloging and metadata creation
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively

Desired Qualifications*

  • 3-5 years cataloging experience in a public, special or academic library
  • Experience cataloging legal materials
  • Experience with Innovative Interface’s Sierra LMS
  • At least a reading-level proficiency in one or more non-English European languages

Additional Information

Supervision Received

Administrative and general supervision received from the Head of Scholarly Publishing & Intellectual Access. Functional supervision received from the Information Resources Specialist Lead.

FLSA status



The Law Library offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package. 

Application Deadline

  Applications accepted through August 4, 2018. Applications reviewed upon receipt.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.