Backstage Library Works provides professional and technical services
to libraries, museums, and archives around the world.

November 30, 2017


Laurel, Maryland

  • Long-term, temporary employment, approximately January to April, 2018
  • Full-time position, 40 hours per week, 8.5-hour days with half-hour unpaid lunch
  • Fully benefited position, with paid time off, paid holidays, eligible for health coverage and 401K after two calendar months

job description:

The expected duration of this project is from January to the end of April 2018, working 5 days (40 hours) per week. The Cataloger will be working on-site at an off-campus facility of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries, performing original and copy cataloging on a collection of monographs and analytics. Materials are primarily in English, with a small percentage in French.

The Cataloger will provide editing of copy records—including addition of in-house classification, LC subject headings, and missing RDA fields—and will work with materials for which there is no copy available to create new original records. Catalogers will also proveide local fields in accordance with Johns Hopkins University Libraries guidelines for this collection.


  • Perform original and copy cataloging using RDA standard in MARC format, following LC guidelines
  • Export records from OCLC Connexion and create item-level records in the library's Horizon ILS
  • Write call numbers in each item processed and attach barcodes
  • 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 monographs
  • 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 Laura Folaumahina ( and Alex McComas (

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.