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Catalog Assistant, Boston Athenaeum (Boston)


The part-time Catalog Assistant (21 hour per week) will be responsible for copy cataloging using OCLC and the Voyager integrated library system. This position will perform copy cataloging on materials for inclusion in the Athenæum’s circulating and reference collections. The Catalog Assistant will receive direction from the Chief Librarian in Charge of Technical Services. 


Provide access to the Athenæum’s circulating and reference print materials by performing full descriptive copy cataloging and limited original cataloging of MARC 21 bibliographic records following RDA, AACR2r, and local standards using the OCLC database and the Athenæum’s Voyager library system
Assign Library of Congress Subject Headings and form/genre terms according to national standards and local practice
Construct and assign Library of Congress Classification Numbers for circulating and reference collections according to national standards and local practice
Track and/or solve problems resulting from retrospective conversion
Process monographic bindery shipments
Occasionally serve as a back-up supervisor in the Special Collections Reading Room 
Provide reader assistance as needed
Participate in the planning and implementation of the Cataloging Department’s  standards, policies and procedures, including documentation on the Technical Services Wiki 
Collaborate with all other departments when necessary
Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Librarian in Charge of Technical Services


Submit to and pass background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment verifications and Department of Motor Vehicles (if applicable)
Two to four-year college degree preferable 
Previous library and cataloging experience highly desirable 
Proficient experience with computers and various software applications required
Ability to lift object up to 40 pounds required
Effective communication skills, including the ability to present complex concepts and ideas clearly in written or oral form required
Ability to carry out detailed procedures under minimal supervision; to plan and prioritize job responsibilities and tasks required
Attention to detail and conscientiousness required
Must be able to work independently and collaboratively in a highly professional manner required 
Capacity to work collegially with other staff members and to interact respectfully with patrons required

Full/Part Time

Part Time





Closing Date


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The Boston Athenæum is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome candidates who will increase our diversity; we encourage candidates of color and all diverse candidates to apply and are committed to hiring individuals who value a diverse and inclusive work environment. The Boston Athenæum is also committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Director of Business Operations & Augusta Thomas Director of Finance, Christopher Boudrot, at 617-720-7642. 


2021-06-22 |  Quick link to this job