The cataloger provides both original cataloging and complex copy cataloging of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century monographs. The cataloger will spend 50% of time as a member of the Society’s grant-funded North American Imprints Program (NAIP) staff, enhancing to rare-book level MARC records for pre-1841U.S. imprints. The cataloger will also spend 50% of time cataloging modern materials and assisting in a variety of projects intended to make accessible the Society’s monograph collections. The position reports to the Society’s Project Cataloger and to the Society’s Senior Cataloger for Rare Books.

• Create original rare-book level MARC records following AACR2 and DCRM(B) standards; enhance existing MARC records to rare-book level
• Provide RDA copy-cataloging for recently-published monographs acquired by the library
• Provide AACR2 original and copy-cataloging for 19th- and 20th-century monographs

Additional duties as assigned

The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.
• Applicants should have excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
• Experience with the MARC format, OCLC, AACR2 and RDA is expected
• Experience with Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books) is desired
• Familiarity with Ex Libris’ Voyager integrated library system is desired
• Bibliographic knowledge of Western European languages; reading knowledge of one or more Western European language
• Familiarity with name authority control and the LC Name Authority File is desired



TRAVEL: national

Duties require periods of standing, walking, and sitting. Duties require occasional periods of climbing or balancing, pulling/pushing items including book trucks with materials, lifting/carrying items weighing up to approximately 30 lbs., reaching with arms and hands. Vision and hearing at or correctable to “normal ranges.” Other physical tasks include use of hands for basic grasping/manipulation, use of hands for fine manipulation, occasional reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, key-boarding. Physical duties are subject to change. Must be able to transport oneself to work-related meetings, workshops, conferences, etc.
Applicants, as well as position incumbents, who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Most duties are performed indoors in office environment with artificial light and cool, thermostatically controlled temperatures. The noise level is low. May be exposed to dust, mold, and/or other organic material or other irritants. Hazards are considered minor and controllable.

Ability to read, understand, speak and write in standard English;
Ability to communicate effectively in English with individuals in person, over the telephone, and via
the printed word

COMPENSATION: This is a non-exempt full time, 35 hour week position. Starting salary $45,000. Benefits include paid vacation, sick and personal time, health insurance, retirement, life and disability insurance, and professional development.

DEPARTMENT: Cataloging
REPORTS TO: Project Cataloger and Senior Cataloger for Rare Books
FLSA: Non-exempt
Date: 5/4/2018

To apply: Submit a letter of application, resume and three non-relative references electronically to with “CATALOGER” in the subject line. The American Antiquarian Society is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.



Common-place Editor

Common-place, the online quarterly magazine of early American history and culture hosted at the American Antiquarian Society, is seeking a new editor or editors to guide this unique online resource of accessible, lively scholarship. The editor(s) of Common-place should have a record of writing and scholarly activity in a field consistent with the purview of Common-place (pre-1900 American history, literature, and culture as well as a Ph.D. or equivalent).
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General Employment Information

Carol-Ann Mackey
Director of Human Resources
American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 471-2164

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