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Employment Opportunity: Documents Cataloger, New Mexico State Library, Santa Fe

New Mexico State Library LogoThe New Mexico State Library is hiring a Documents Cataloger.

Why does the job exist?

This position resides at the New Mexico State Library; it is located in Santa Fe. This Librarian-Advanced (Document Cataloger) position is responsible for cataloging and classifying the New Mexico State Library’s state and federal government documents. This position enables our users to readily identify and access our resources. This position is responsible for cataloging in all formats including online, continuing resources, cartographic and visual materials.

How does it get done?

  • This position will apply national and local standards and policies.
  • This position will be responsible for editing and creating bibliographic and authority records in WorldCat and importing and maintaining them in our Symphony database.
  • This position will be responsible for following the Resource Description and Access standard, as well as the policies of the Library of Congress Program for Cooperative Cataloging.
  • This position classifies using these schedules: US Superintendent of Documents, New Mexico State Documents, Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal.
  • This position applies terms from these controlled vocabularies: Library of Congress Subject Headings, Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms, Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms.

Who are the customers?

This position works closely with the Documents Librarian in our Public Services Bureau and with technicians in both the Technical Services and the Public Services bureaus. This position creates cataloging that is used by other libraries both local and national.

Ideal Candidate

  • Ability to make detailed descriptions.
  • Ability to analyze subject content.
  • Ability to interpret and apply guidelines.
  • Ability to manage files.

What is the New Mexico State Library?

NMSL provides library services statewide by providing funding, professional development, and consultant support to 100 public and tribal libraries. Three Bookmobiles and a Books by Mail program serve areas not served by a local library. NMSL is closely involved with state broadband efforts through the Library Broadband Infrastructure Fund and representing the Department of Cultural Affairs on the Connect New Mexico broadband council. At headquarters in Santa Fe, a Library for the Blind and Print Disabled directly serves patrons statewide, and a large Research Library has state and federal documents, extensive reference materials, and a circulating Southwest Collection.  The State Library manages the State Poet Laureate program and is a Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, which includes historic sites, museums, archaeology, and historic preservation. New Mexico is expansive in many ways: we are the fifth largest state geographically but have a population of just over 2 million people; we have many thriving cultures, including 23 sovereign Native American nations; and our geography is a meeting of four major land regions. Along with oil and gas and agriculture, we have a strong creative economy that drives tourism, a large film industry, and a growing aerospace industry.  The state is endlessly fascinating, with history, art, and beautiful vistas all alive and present in daily life.

For more Job Requirements & Classification Description:

Minimum Qualification

Master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association (or recognized by the appropriate body of another country) with two (2) years of experience in performing and providing advanced library technical operations, effective library and information services, plus cataloging experience and managerial experience.

What does the position pay?

This is a full time permanent position. This position is a Pay Band 70, which has an annual salary range of $39,244 – $68,285. Generally we are able to hire at midpoint of the range, which for FY22 is $52,198.

Information about extensive State Employee benefits can be found here.

Working Conditions

Office setting; some telework available. Occasional investigations in library stacks involve some reaching, bending, grasping, lifting.

Executive Order 2021-066 requires all employees with the State of New Mexico to provide either proof of COVID-19 vaccination (including proof of a booster dose of vaccine by January 17, 2022, or within four weeks of becoming eligible for a booster dose) or proof of a COVID-19 viral test every week.  

Bargaining Unit Position

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement and all terms/conditions of that agreement apply and must be adhered to.

What is the deadline?

This position will remain open until filled; we will start reviewing applications on May 23.

How do I apply?

Please visit our Careers site to review the job posting and complete your application.

Here is a link to the Application Guide.

Agency Contact Information: Bradley Carrington, 505-476-4730, or email to

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