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Para-Professional Catalogers, Backstage Library Works, Boston, MA

Long-Term Temporary Employment Opportunity

Boston, MA

Immediate openings

Para-Professional Catalogers

Full-time positions available in Boston, MA

Fully benefitted after 2 months, with paid time off accrual and 8 paid holidays per calendar year

Job Description

The expected duration of this project is approximately 8 months (November-June), working 5 days (37.5 hours) per week. The Catalogers will be working on-site at the State Library of Massachusetts in Boston, performing original and copy cataloging. Materials include maps, plans, and monograph print publications.

The Catalogers will provide editing of copy records, including addition of in-house classification, LC subject headings, and missing RDA fields, and work with materials for which there is no copy available to create new original records. Catalogers will also create local authority records for state agencies which do not yet have existing records.


  • Perform original & copy cataloging using RDA standard in MARC format
  • Export records from OCLC Connexion and create item-level records in the library's Evergreen ILS
  • Attach barcodes and spine labels to each item processed
  • Assign classification using the library's unique classification system
  • Create name authority cards for agencies with no locally established authority record
  • Meet daily production levels and standards
  • Use stairs to transport materials between shelving and individual work stations
  • Make informed decisions within given specifications with little supervision


  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree or considerable professional cataloguing experience
  • Attentiveness to detail and quality
  • Work in a deadline-oriented, production environment
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently & productively
  • Learn new skills quickly and thoroughly
  • Basic familiarity with Windows & Microsoft Office suite
  • Familiarity with library standards, including RDA, MARC21, AACR2, and LCSH
  • Type speed minimum: 50+ wpm
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs.
  • Must pass a general knowledge test
  • Must pass a background check and drug test prior to appointment
  • Experience with cataloging special formats, particularly maps, plans, and rare materials

Preferred additional skills

  • Experience with OCLC Connexion
  • Experience creating original bibliographic records
  • Experience with creating authority records

To apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Laura Folaumahina ( and Kate Clayborne ( Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Backstage Library Works, based in the United States in Provo, Utah, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, provides technical services to libraries, museums, and archives around the world.

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