Acquisitions and Cataloging Assistant
Job Details
$22.58 Hourly

This permanent, 20 hour/week, benefit-eligible position assists with cataloging and acquisitions functions, physical processing, and maintenance of collections at Pacific University Libraries. As part of the Collection Services team, this position works under the supervision of the Acquisitions & Cataloging Manager, and in collaboration with departmental team members including the Collections Librarian, Open Resources Manager, Electronic Resources Manager, and student workers. The Collection Services team has responsibility for all collections excluding archival and special collections. This is a dedicated, service-oriented department that values developing new and innovative ways to support our users.Work must be exclusively in person at the Tran Library in Forest Grove, Oregon while the incumbent is training, after which time no less than 3 regularly-scheduled days of in-person work per week will be required. Hours must be during regular business hours (7am-6pm Monday through Friday) in order to support departmental tasks such as receiving deliveries, attending meetings, and supervising students. Some remote or alternately-scheduled work may be possible, on a project by project basis.

For priority consideration, please apply by end of day on Friday, April 29, 2022.


Please submit your resume and cover letter via the Paycom system. In your
cover letter, please address how you meet the required and preferred qualifications
below, and in particular the following:

  • Attention to detail and ability to follow complex workflows requiring a high degree
    of accuracy and contextual decision-making
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse library, student, staff, and faculty population.


  • Perform copy cataloging of all formats according to national and local standards
  • Receive, document, and route new materials
  • Assist with recurring and one-time collection and stacks maintenance projects such as weeding, collection inventory, resolving problems with library items, and metadata cleanup and improvement initiatives
  • Perform physical processing of monographic materials
  • Assist with ebook and streaming video activation and cataloging


  • Participate as an active member of department, library, and university teams and committees
  • Support additional collection services department projects as requested
  • Perform simple mending and book repair
  • May supervise student workers

Support key collection services functions, including contributions to new workflows as

This position may serve as primary or secondary supervisor for one or more student

A combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the functions of this
position, such as, but not limited to, a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree and one year of
relevant library experience.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:

  • Proficiency with common office computer applications
  • Aptitude for learning new technology and information tools in a rapidly changing environment
  • Observation of student and user privacy and confidentiality policies and practices
  • Attention to detail and ability to follow complex workflows requiring a high degree of accuracy and contextual decision-making
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills that display consideration for diverse backgrounds and communication styles
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse library, student, staff, and faculty population.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Critical thinking skills in problem solving and decision-making


  • Experience working in a library, information management organization, or museum or other cultural institution
  • Knowledge of current national/international library cataloging standards and practice
  • Experience working in OCLC Connexion
  • Experience working in an integrated library system

Academic library environment, working in public areas and in a normal office
environment. Primarily sedentary work that requires sitting and using a computer. This
job is not exposed to adverse environmental conditions. This is a year-round, 20
hour/week, benefit-eligible position.

Typical physical conditions include:

  • General office environment
  • Sustained periods of sitting at a desk, working on a computer
  • Communicate effectively in multiple modes, such as phone, chat, video, etc.
  • Lifting books
  • Pushing book carts

We are dedicated to providing services that are authentic, holistic, equity minded, and responsive. Pacific University continues to develop our equity practices with a particular focus on racial equity.

Studies have shown that candidates that are female and/or BIPOC are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet all of the qualifications they find in the job description. We are seeking the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be a person who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply even if you dont meet every minimum qualification described or are unsure if your experience could be considered related experience.


Pacific University is a small, but diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. At Pacific University, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience.

Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions and business.  Pacific University has campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore., as well as an office in Honolulu.  In addition, a variety of Pacific University health and eye clinics throughout the Portland area serve patients and provide students with practical experience.

At Pacific University, students and faculty engage in discovery through close, nurturing relationships that provide extraordinary learning experiences.  International study, service learning, internships and co-curricular activities have been integral parts of the education of nearly 28,000 alumni worldwide who share in the Boxer spirit.


It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military, veteran or Vietnam Era status, or any other protected classification recognized by applicable law, in admission, access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other applicable state or federal law, or city ordinance. Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116,