Cataloguers use their professional skills to supply structured descriptions of all kinds of resources, including books, articles, maps and images.  Accurate and timely cataloguing in accordance with recognised metadata standards enables discovery of resources by users and underpins collection management. Cataloguing is a rapidly changing and increasingly technical field, so it is important to keep up to date with professional developments and technical innovation.


  • An accredited library and information qualification is usually required
  • Chartered Membership of CILIP (MCLIP) is advantageous in demonstrating an ongoing engagement with the profession.

  • In some posts qualifications or demonstrable knowledge of a relevant subject or specialist knowledge may be required.


  • Knowledge and/or experience of cataloguing using widely-accepted descriptive standards and schema, e.g. RDA, AARC2, MARC21, Dublin Core
  • Knowledge and/or experience of organising information, e.g. use of classification, thesauri
  • Knowledge and/or experience of subject indexing, e.g. use of LCSH
  • Awareness of current issues in cataloguing and classification, commitment to CPD and a willingness to engage with change
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent IT skills across a range of activities, e.g. the use of a library management system, internet and database searching skills
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team
  • Ability to work accurately, meet targets, manage time and prioritise workload effectively

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