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Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)

The New England Historic Genealogical Society seeks a Cataloging and Metadata Librarian to join the Library Collection Services team.  This position is an excellent opportunity for an early career librarian with an interest in original cataloging, collection maintenance and digital collections. The Cataloging and Metadata Librarian will participate in the work of the Collection Services Team, which carries out the acquisition, cataloging, and maintenance of the library’s published print and digital collections and makes these resources accessible and discoverable.  This position will be primarily responsible for copy and original cataloging of library materials, coordinating the addition of digitized books to the NEHGS Digital Collections and participating in team projects.

American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is America’s founding genealogical organization and the most respected name in family history. Established in 1845, We are the nation’s leading comprehensive resource for family history research and the largest Society of its kind in the world.   Our library and archive offer the largest collection of original family history research materials in the country. Our collection, which continues to grow through acquisition and preservation activities, dates from the fourteenth century to the present and spans North America, Europe, and beyond. It includes more than 200,000 books and microforms and 7,500 linear feet of diaries, letters, photographs, and other manuscripts.

Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Perform original and copy cataloging of library materials in all formats using MARC, RDA, OCLC, LCSH/LCCS in accordance with national standards.

·         Participate in Team wide projects and goals including evaluating and relocating collections for upcoming building renovation.

·         Participate in ongoing database maintenance and authority control.

·         Supervise and train volunteers and interns working on tasks related to cataloging and digitization of library materials.

·         Working closely with the Digital Collections team, manage the Library’s contributions to the American Ancestors Digital Collections by overseeing                  scanning, non-marc metadata creation, and loading of digitized books, including born-digital e-book content.  

·         Assist in managing the integrated library system (Innovative Interfaces) and participate in maintenance and ongoing improvements to III WebPAC                  online catalog.

·         Keep current with developments in the fields of technical services, cataloging, technology, digital preservation and genealogy.

·         Contribute to promotion of the library collection.


·         Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an ALA-accredited institution.  (Current LIS students nearing completion of their degree                will also be considered.)

·         2 or more years of relevant library experience.   

·         Demonstrated knowledge of relevant cataloging standards (RDA, LCCS, LCSH MARC) and tools (RDA, OCLC ClassWeb.); familiarity with metadata and            other linked data standards (XML, Bibframe, etc.) a plus. 

·         Working knowledge of metadata standards such as Dublin Core, METS, or MODS

·         Superior problem-solving and organizational skills.

·         Professional, dependable, flexible and constructive work ethic

·         Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach to problem solving as well as a comfort with public speaking.

·         Interest or experience in the field of genealogy a plus.

·         Previous experience with Innovative Interfaces catalog system and/or CONTENTdm preferred.

·         Ability to assist in shifting collections and to lift up to 40 pounds.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




Closing Date

Review of applications will begin on December 13 and will continue until the

How to Apply

Send resume and cover letter to Michelle Major (, Director of Human Resources, New England Historic Genealogical Society.  


2019-11-15 |  Quick link to this job