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Acquisitions & Cataloging Assistant - Library

Job Details

Forest Grove Campus - Forest Grove, OR
Part Time
$22.58 Hourly


Pacific University achieves excellence and distinction by investing in exceptional people to think, care, create, and pursue justice in our world. We embrace discovery in a close nurturing environment that leads to genuine transformation. Our community is diverse, sustainable, and dedicated to discovery and excellence in teaching, scholarship and practice. 


At Pacific University we thrive in an extraordinary environment, surrounded by the beauty of the great Pacific Northwest, with campus locations in Forest GroveHillsboroEugene, and Woodburn. We humbly acknowledge and thank the original caretakers of the lands on which we live, work, teach, acquire and share knowledge.



This permanent, part-time, benefit-eligible position assists with cataloging and acquisitions functions, physical processing, and maintenance of all collections at Pacific University Libraries. As part of the Collection Services team, this position works under the supervision of the Acquisitions & Cataloging Librarian, and in collaboration with departmental team members including the Open Resources Librarian, Electronic Resources Librarian, and student workers. 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 per week of in-person work will be required in order to support departmental workflows. Some remote work may be possible, on a project by project basis. This is a year-round, 20 hour/week, benefit-eligible position.



  • 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 needed.



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


TO APPLY: 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.


For priority consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume by February 10, 2023.



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


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


For qualifying employees, our benefits include generous paid time off for vacation, holidays (including winter break) and sick leave. We offer medical coverage with alternative care (in-network services covered at 100% after payroll deduction), comprehensive dental, vision plans, 9% contribution to retirement after one year of service with no match required, free mental health appointments, and tuition remission for employees and their dependents. We cover employer paid life, short term disability, and long term disability insurance. On campus benefits include free access to our sports facility and library, with discounts on campus food, bookstore purchases, clinic services, and gear rentals through our outdoor program (kayaks, snow shoes, bikes and more).


Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  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 don't meet every minimum qualification described or are unsure if your experience could be considered related experience.




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


Application materials will be screened and interview candidates will be selected and notified by telephone.  The hiring process normally consists of several interviews and can last several weeks depending on the position.  All applicants will be notified once the position is filled.  Employment is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.