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

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.

August 2nd, 2018

Long-Term Temporary Employment Opportunity

Boston, MA (Beacon Hill)

Immediate opening

Para-Professional Catalogers (2)

Full-time position 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 will be from September 2018 to July 2019 (although the project may be completed sooner), working 5 days (37.5 hours) per week. The Cataloger will be working on-site at the State Library of Massachusetts in Boston, performing original and copy cataloging. A small selection of materials will be monographs, to be followed, in priority order, by maps, photographs, and pictures. 

The Cataloger 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 in OCLC Connexion. Cataloger will also be required to do some physical processing.


  • Perform original & copy cataloging using RDA standard in MARC format
  • Search, edit, and create copy and original records in OCLC Connexion as well as update holdings and some master records.
  • Export records from OCLC Connection to the library's Evergreen ILS and edit item-level records.
  • Attach barcodes and spine labels to each item processed
  • Meet daily production levels and standards
  • Complete cataloging at a Special Collection's workstation - the task of retrieving and re-shelving materials will be the responsibility of Special Collections staff.
  • 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 as well as two cataloging tests.
  • Must pass a background check and drug test prior to appointment
  • Experience with original and copy cataloging in OCLC


To apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Alex McComas ( Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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