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Rare Books Cataloging Supervisor - Backstage Library Works

Location: USA - CT - New Haven

Backstage Library Works seeks a Rare Books Cataloging Supervisor to manage a project at a Rare Book/Special Collections Library in New Haven, CT. This person will work closely with the assigned Backstage project manager and will oversee day-to-day operations at the library in New Haven.

  • Long-term, temporary employment
  • Relocation assistance available
  • Immediate opening
  • Full-time position, exempt
  • Fully benefited position, paid time off, paid holidays, eligible for health coverage and 401K after two months

The expected duration of this project is approximately 1 year, working 5 days (40 hours) per week. The Cataloging Supervisor will be working on-site, performing original and copy cataloging of rare materials, working directly with library staff and helping to hire and supervise up to 5 full-time catalogers.


  • Perform original and copy cataloging using RDA standard in MARC format, following DCRM(B), RBMS, and PCC guidelines
  • Work in the library’s Voyager system
  • Assist in hiring and supervising catalogers
  • Meet daily production levels and standards
  • Closely monitor the performance and quality of work of all catalogers, meeting project deadlines and quality targets for the project.
  • Help interview, hire and train new employees
  • Be responsible for the quality of cataloger output, including QA sampling, training when needed and other intervention as necessary.
  • Be responsible for the profitability of the project, which includes meeting production goals, quality goals, deadlines and hiring appropriate catalogers in support of these goals
  • Work with library staff on a professional level


  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree or considerable professional cataloging experience
  • Experience with handling and cataloging rare materials
  • Work in a deadline-oriented, production environment
  • Familiarity with library standards, including RDA, MARC21, DCRM(B), and LCSH
  • Experience communicating in person, email and by phone with people of varying skill levels and knowledge.
  • Attentiveness to detail and quality
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely for multiple audiences
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and productively
  • Learn new skills quickly and thoroughly
  • Basic familiarity with Windows and Microsoft Office suite
  • 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
  • Supervision of multiple employees, including hiring, training, monitoring production and quality, and maintaining appropriate staff to meet project deadlines
  • Experience with OCLC Connexion
  • Experience with any foreign language cataloging.

Application instructions:

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Dawn Paine ([email protected]). Please also supply an e-mail address by which you can receive cataloging testing materials via attachment.


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