Senior Art and Manuscript Cataloger – Folger Shakespeare Library


Home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for research material from the early modern period (1500-1750), Folger Shakespeare Library is an internationally recognized research library offering advanced scholarly programs in the humanities; a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K-12; and an award-winning producer of cultural and arts programs — theater, music, poetry, exhibits, lectures, and family programs. The Library’s collections include rare printed books, manuscripts, works of art, audiovisual materials, and modern scholarship.

These materials extend beyond Shakespeare to include a wide range of disciplines — history and politics, theology and exploration, law and the arts. Learn more at



  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Coursework or background in the field of visual materials, manuscripts, rare books, or descriptive bibliography
  • In-depth knowledge of online cataloging, including art cataloging
  • Reading knowledge of at least one European language other than English and bibliographic knowledge of European languages
  • Familiarity with key people and events from early modern British or
  • European history and literature
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail
  • Good computer skills

***Strongly preferred

  • B.A. and/or graduate degree in British or European art history, history, or literature
  • Demonstrated ability to carefully handle fragile rare materials
  • Reading knowledge of at least two of the following in this order of preference: Latin, German, French, or Dutch
  • Familiarity with Shakespeare’s plays
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in a team project, to follow technical instructions and to resolve bibliographical problems


  • Ability to read English secretary hand
  • Background or interest in theater history



  • Five years’ MARC cataloging experience, including original cataloging, using one or more of the following: AACR2, Graphic Materials, AMREMM, APPM, DACS, DCRB/DCRM(B), or CCO
  • Two years’ experience cataloging graphic materials
  • Experience in subject and form/genre analysis using one or more of the following: Thesaurus for Graphic Materials, AAT, IconClass, RBMS thesauri, or Library of Congress subject headings
  • Experience working with a bibliographic utility such as RLIN or OCLC

***Strongly preferred

  • Experience cataloging rare books or manuscripts
  • Experience creating finding aids, preferably in EAD


  • Experience in NACO contribution
  • Experience with the Voyager ILS


35-hour work week, Monday through Friday, with rotational Saturday Reading Room duty. The position requires lifting and carrying heavy items (up to 20 lbs.), climbing ladders, and pushing fully-loaded book trucks.




Under the supervision of the Head of Cataloging and in general consultation with the Curator of Art & Special Collections and the Curator of Manuscripts, has primary responsibility for bibliographic control of the
library’s art and manuscript collections.

  • Creates and upgrades full item- and collection-level MARC 21 cataloging records for graphic materials (prints, drawings, and photographs) and realia, dating ca. 1500 to the present
  • Creates and upgrades full item- and collection-level MARC 21 cataloging records for manuscripts, dating ca. 1500 to the present
  • Assigns subject and form/genre headings
  • Performs authority control; establishes and revises name headings in the LC/NACO Authority File
  • Performs database maintenance
  • Creates and maintains EAD-encoded finding aids
  • Keeps abreast of revisions in cataloging rules and trends
  • Other duties as assigned


The Folger offers a competitive benefits package, including: a standard 35 hour week; 10 paid holidays, generous annual leave; outstanding health and dental plans; and TIAA-CREF retirement plans. Salary in the low 50’s.


Send cover letter and resume, with the names, addresses and telephone numbers or e-mail addresses of three references to:

Katharine Beckman, Human Resources Manager


Position open until filled.

Applications received by 8 February 2008 will be assured of first consideration.

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