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October 24, 2017

Experienced Cataloger

Washington, DC

  • Long-term, temporary employment
  • Immediate openings
  • Full-time positions, 40 hours per week, 8.5-hour days with half-hour unpaid lunch
  • Fully benefited positions, with paid time off, paid holidays, eligible for health coverage and 401K after two months

job description:

The expected duration of this project is approximately 8 months (November-June), working 5 days (40 hours) per week. The Catalogers will be working on-site at Georgetown University‚Äôs Lauinger Library, performing original and copy cataloging of rare materials. Materials are primarily in English and Latin, with a smaller portion of the collection in other Western European languages.

The Catalogers will provide enhancement of copy records according to RDA and DCRM(B) guidelines, including LC subject headings and classification, and work with materials for which there is no copy available to create new original records.


  • Perform original and copy cataloging using RDA standard in MARC format, following DCRM(B), RBMS, and PCC guidelines
  • Export records from OCLC Connexion and create item-level records in the library's Sierra ILS
  • Meet daily production levels and standards
  • Make informed decisions within given specifications with little supervision


  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree or considerable professional cataloging experience
  • Experience with cataloging rare materials
  • Attentiveness to detail and quality
  • Work in a deadline-oriented, production environment
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and productively
  • Learn new skills quickly and thoroughly
  • Basic familiarity with Windows and Microsoft Office suite
  • Familiarity with library standards, including RDA, MARC21, DCRM(B), and LCSH
  • Type speed minimum: 50+ wpm
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs.
  • Must pass a general knowledge test
  • Must pass a background check and drug test prior to appointment


  • Experience with OCLC Connexion
  • Experience creating original bibliographic records


Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Kate Clayborne ( and Laura Folaumahina (

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.