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Rare Book Project Cataloger
Title:Rare Book Project Cataloger
Job Type:Non-exempt (hourly)
Posting Date:08/22/2019
Location:College Park, MD


The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is seeking an experienced Rare Book Project Cataloger to work with the Wenner Collection housed in the Niels Bohr Library & Archives (NBLA). The Wenner Collection contains nearly 4,000 books and publications that document the important discoveries in physics and physical sciences, stretching back 400 years, including works by Ptolemy, Galileo, Huygens, Halley, Newton, and Curie, among many others.

This is project-specific grant-funded contract position and the selected candidate will be responsible for performing copy and original cataloging for this rare book collection.


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
  • Required: Minimum of three years technical services and rare book cataloging
  • At least three years’ experience in rare book cataloging and knowledge of library standards and practices such as: DCRM, AACR2, RDA, MARC, OCLC Connexion, and ILS
  • 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 should complete the entire application, upload a cover letter and a resume.


Located in College Park, Maryland, AIP is a federation of societies that advances, promotes, and serves the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. Learn more at

AIP is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer  

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