Jobs for Medievalists

The Boston Public Library is accepting applications for the Cataloger and Classifier II position. The Cataloger and Classifier II is responsible for performing original and complex copy cataloging including bibliographic description, subject analysis, classification, and authority control for materials in all formats in accordance with established local and national policies, procedures, and standards.  Advanced cataloging skills for serials, music, or rare book/manuscript materials will be required as needed.  Special language competencies and/or subject knowledge will be required as needed.

Salary:  $49,101 – $66,223, DOQ. Competitive benefits.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Education

A bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university and a master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school.  Relevant subject knowledge and/or specialized training will be required.  In exceptional circumstances specialized education, training and/or experience may be substituted for part or all of the educational requirements.

  1. Experience

Two years of recent professional library experience creating MARC21 bibliographic and authority records in all formats.  Comprehensive knowledge of and recent hands on experience with current and emerging national standards including those concerning descriptive cataloging, subject analysis, classification, and authority control.  Experience using modern library catalogs and other bibliographic tools, including major current online and print cataloging resources and utilities.

  1. Requirements

Demonstrated proficiency in the current versions of the following cataloging tools and standards is required:
OCLC Connexion client software
LC Subject Headings
Library of Congress Classification
Library of Congress Rule Interpretations:
General Rules for Description
Books, Pamphlets, and Printed Sheets.
PCC,  NACO, and SACO standards

Reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages and the ability to deal with unfamiliar foreign languages is required.  Multiple foreign language skills are highly desirable.

Proficiency with a PC and software at the level necessary to successfully complete the tasks of the job is required.

Additional relevant special subject knowledge and specialized cataloging experience will be required as needed to meet the needs of the department:

For a Rare Books and Manuscripts Cataloger:  One year of recent professional library experience cataloging  rare books or manuscripts.  Working knowledge of Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM) standards is required.  Proficiency in Latin is required.  Experience handling fragile original material is required.  Experience applying the Art and Architecture Thesaurus headings is highly desirable.  Familiarity with basic preservation and conservation standards is highly desirable.

Proficiency with the current versions of the following cataloging tools and software products is highly desirable:
Cataloger’s Desktop
Classification Web
RDA Toolkit
MSWord and Excel

Employment Requirements:

  1. Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
  2. Residency – Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of hire.
  3. CORI – Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information check with the City of Boston.

Complete job description and application available at:

Job ID: 347162

In compliance with Federal and State Equal Employment Laws, Equal opportunity will be afforded to all applicants regardless of race, color, sex, age, religious creed, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, ex-offender status, prior psychiatric treatment or military status.


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