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Project Cataloger, Smith College, Northampton, MA


PRIMARY FUNCTION(S):  Provide catalog access to library materials and make them available for use by the College.


Cataloging operations: 

Identify and verify library materials that are part of the Dewey collection, comparing the item in hand to the appropriate bibliographic description. Create new records for library materials not found in the WorldCat database according to OCLC requirements and download edited records to the Five College online library catalog.

Maintain accurate and consistent records in accordance with Smith and Five College cataloging decisions: edit item records, add volumes and copies, update contents and holdings information, and withdraw items as required. Add materials into inventory management system and evaluate the condition of materials for preservation triage. Resolve problems and ensure consistency in processing the Dewey collection.

Perform related duties as required.



2 years of post-secondary education plus 2 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience; library cataloging experience or coursework strongly preferred.


Strong organization, problem solving, and communication skills; ability to work independently and as a member of a team; ability to apply complex procedures and to organize and prioritize work effectively; attention to detail. Familiarity with cataloging database and standard office software.


Push & pull book trucks/carts and trays

Lift and carry 35 lbs regularly

This is a temporary, non-benefited position. We are looking to hire for a total of 35 hours per week and are open to hiring either two part-time or one full-time cataloger(s). Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are interested in a part-time or full-time position and/or whether you are open to either.

Please attach/upload a current resume and cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021 and continue until the position(s) are filled

Please attach/upload a current resume and cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position.

Position Type: Fixed Term

About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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