<< Back to Departments

Library - Cataloging Unit

The Library's Cataloging Unit does original cataloging, complex copy cataloging, and standard copy cataloging and processing of materials of every kind in order to make those materials accessible to West Chester University students, faculty, and staff. Material is added to WorldCat, a huge bibliographic database, that exposes our materials to libraries and library patrons all over the world. The unit also works with the Library's digitized collections in order to make them accessible on the Web. 

Physical Address:
FHG Library-Cataloging Unit, Rooms #232 and #233 
Community Service:
On/Off Campus:

Federal Work Student Employee (Pay Band 1)

Supervisor Contact Information
Laura Hardy
(610) 436-6969
Patricia Newland
(610) 436-2256
Position Responsibilities:
Involves the following:
This position will provide general assistance with:
Processing library materials.
Specific duties as they relate to this department:
A few of the many specific duties our student worker carries out: Type acid-free call number strips for Special Collections Cover IMC books, plays, and other books with Kapco plastic covers as requested Cover juvenile books Deliver theses Print call number labels Affix call number labels Stamp material with property stamp Stamp withdrawals Affix sensors and pockets Affix IMC audiovisual labels Unpack bindery Retrieve material from stacks for recataloging/verification Print records for non-print materials Keep withdrawal shelves in order by DDC 10s Type thesis bindery list Photocopy faculty essays for Special Collections Update cover collection General Skills & Attributes Desired: Strong work ethic. Reliability is a must. Friendly. Great customer service attitude. Strong communication skills. Personable telephone and face to face manner. Computer comfort, knowledge and skills with Microsoft word, Outlook, Excel and Powerpoint is helpful. Ability to work with basic office equipment. Enthusiastic and positive attitude. Ability to be organized and pay attention to detail. Be mature. Attentive listener. Ability to complete goals and task assigned. Ability to work with minimum supervision. Open to suggestions and growth.
Learning Outcomes:
Our student workers have come from varied backgrounds and have majored in many different areas. So while working in our unit does not directly prepare students to become professionals in their desired fields, it does support study skills, critical thinking, and computer skills. Our work requires considerable attention to detail. Developing that skill helps students in any field. It also requires students to actively think about the assigned task, ask questions as needed, seek feedback, and revise work—these are also important skills in academic and professional life. Our work exposes students not only to materials in the field that they will study, as the Library purchases material to support every program on campus, but also to culturally diverse materials, including materials in many languages.