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Project Cataloger
Title:Project Cataloger
Job Type:Non-exempt (hourly)
Posting Date:01/13/2020
Location:College Park, MD

The Niels Bohr Library & Archives (NBLA) is seeking a temporary (2-year) project cataloger to catalog the recently acquired Wenner Collection and to work on the Library’s existing rare book collection. The Collection is comprised of about 3,400 rare books and serials (10% books, 90% serials) on the history of physics from the 1500s to the 2010s. Serials are in various formats, often grouped in custom-made boxes by collector-assigned subjects rather than title; there are few, if any, complete runs. Once cataloging of the Collection is complete, the Cataloger will work on cataloging clean-up of the Library’s existing rare book collection, bringing records up to current standards. Candidates should be familiar with rare book cataloging, serials, and special collections practices, in addition to general cataloging. This position is a 2-year grant-funded position and the selected candidate will be responsible for performing copy and original cataloging for this new collection.

Essential Functions:

  • Perform original and copy cataloging of Wenner Collection materials, including rare books and serials and other printed materials from the 16th to 21st centuries in multiple languages, according to internationally recognized standards and local policies.
  • Assist with inventory and collection description.
  • Research and document provenance of rare materials whenever possible.
  • Track and record progress independently to meet grant reporting benchmarks.
  • Work in a fast-paced team environment where library and archival practices are blended.
  • Assist with rehousing, preservation, and shelving as needed.
  • Assist with cataloging cleanup, and other library projects as needed.

 What is AIP?

We are the American Institute of Physics. Our mission is to advance, promote, and serve the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. We promote the physical sciences through effective communication, education, and policy initiatives.


Why Work for AIP?

We want you to love working here, and we have a workplace culture that reflects that. With our commitment to community service, monthly catered lunches, and an on-site fitness center, we work hard to make sure AIP is an awesome place to work. Did we mention that you will work with amazingly talented colleagues in a variety of departments?


We offer an incredible total compensation package including competitive pay, multiple healthcare options to meet your needs, commuter benefits, free parking, tuition assistance, and an outstanding retirement plan.


Diversity Welcome!

We encourage and invite people from diverse backgrounds to apply and join our team. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, creed, marital status, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, personal appearance, national origin, ancestry, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability.



  • Required: Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA‑accredited program (MLIS)
  • Required: Minimum of three years technical service, rare book cataloging and knowledge of library standards and practices such as: DCRM, AACR2, RDA, MARC, and OCLC Connexion
  • Attention to detail, flexibility, ability to manage multiple priorities, able to work effectively with library and archives staff
  • Basic familiarity with library systems and procedures like classifying and shelving
  • Ability to work with office computer software (particularly MS Access, Outlook, Word and Excel)

Candidates must complete the entire application, upload a cover letter and a resume to be seriously considered.

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