Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Library Specialist

Recruitment #220623-5406AR-001


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The Connecticut State Library (CSL) has an available opportunity for Library Specialist: NACO/CONSER Coordinator and State Publications Cataloger in the Cataloging Unit at the State Library’s main facility in Hartford, Connecticut. This is a 40 hour per week schedule with hybrid scheduling options available.

About the Position
Through its participation in the Library of Congress’s Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), the Cataloging Unit at the Connecticut State Library creates high quality bibliographic and name authority records describing official Connecticut state publications, Connecticut newspapers, publications about Connecticut history and government, and other material of interest to State Library researchers.

Under the general supervision of the Unit Head, Cataloging, the Library Specialist: NACO/CONSER Coordinator and State Publications Cataloger is responsible for coordinating CSL’s participation in two PCC programs: CONSER (the Cooperative Online Serials Program), and NACO (Name Authority Cooperative Program).  The successful candidate will also coordinate the Connecticut NACO Funnel group of academic libraries in Connecticut and New York.

Position Details
  • Hours: Full-time position; 40 hours per week; Monday through Friday. 
  • Telework option.
  • Offering tuition reimbursement.
  • Reporting to: The Cataloging Unit Head
  • Location: Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06107

Position Details: This Library Specialist has principal responsibility for cataloging official publications of Connecticut State Government agencies. He or she works collaboratively with other members of the Cataloging Unit by reviewing the NACO and CONSER contributions of two original catalogers. CSL uses the OCLC Connexion cataloging service as its NACO and CONSER gateway.   CSL uses the ExLibris Alma library management software and Primo patron discovery platform, made available through CSL’s participation in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) Library Consortium.

About Us: The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency founded in 1854. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services for citizens of Connecticut, as well as for the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. CSL also serves students, libraries, researchers, and town governments. 

What We Can Offer You: Competitive starting salary, excellent State benefits package including health and dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan options, alternate work schedule options, telework opportunities, professional development and tuition reimbursement, and a culture that promotes work-life balance! 

*This salary range shall increase effective July 1, 2022. 

Selection Plan

To Apply:

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
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Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Hayley Newhouse at or 860-986-6918.


In the State Library, this class is accountable for performing as a specialist within a particular field and/or providing the highest advanced level of professional library tasks in management services, patron services, library services and historical services.


Performs most complex related duties in providing consultant services to public, institutional and agency libraries and library groups; coordinates activities of a documents depository system; answers most complex queries utilizing wide range of reference tools of a highly specialized and complex nature; performs genealogical and legal legislative research; provides staff training and assistance; provides information referrals for legal, historical, genealogical and other special subject researchers; performs original cataloging and name authority work for most complex materials including law, microforms and serials; appraises materials to determine archival value and suitability for inclusion in State Archives; performs original accessioning and authority work on finding aids for archival materials; designs and revises automated and traditional archival aids: verifies for accuracy revisions to library catalogs; reviews and revises classification and authority work of other staff; may be assigned to staff development projects; may conduct performance evaluations; may conduct workshops; may serve as liaison to groups and organizations; may be assigned to special projects requiring highest advanced level professional library duties as directed by State Librarian; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of professional principles and practices of library science and/or bibliographic sources of information; considerable knowledge of and demonstrated ability in specialized functional procedures and/or specialized subject matter; considerable knowledge of library administration principles and techniques and library automation; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to analyze and solve complex problems relating to library methods and procedures; ability to utilize computer software; some supervisory ability.


A Master's degree in library science or information science from a library school accredited by the American Library Association AND three (3) years of post graduate degree experience in a relevant area of professional library work.


  • Experience in original serials cataloging at the CONSER (Cooperative Online Serials) level.
  • Experience in creating NACO (Name Authority Cooperative) records.
  • Experience in applying and complying with international standards:  CONSER (Cooperative Online Serials), NACO (Name Authority Cooperative), MARC (Machine-Readable Cataloging)21, OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), Resource Description and Access, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and Library of Congress cataloging and classification practices.
  • Experience using the ExLibris Alma library cataloging software and Primo discovery service.


The State Librarian may determine other advanced educational degrees equivalent to the MLS degree based on staffing needs.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.