Reclassification Technician

Job type:
Sept. 15
5 to 6 weeks
Backstage Library Works
flag_no United Kingdom

Project description:
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Backstage Library Works will be working on site at the Bodleian Library to physically reclassify recently relocated bookstock belonging to the Bodleian History Faculty Library from the local HFL classification system to the Library of Congress classification system. We are currently seeking technicians to complete the project.

During the past year, Backstage Library Works has reclassified HFL numbers as Library of Congress numbers for each record in the K and M range in the library catalog. During the current phase of the project we will be applying Library of Congress labels generated from the records to the books they represent. As the project progresses the relabeled HFL collection will gradually be integrated with the rest of the library's holdings in Library of Congress order. We anticipate that the project will last from September to Mid-October of this year.

Job Duties

Primary duties include the following:

  • Applying the correct labels to books using specific match criteria
  • Tracking books that have been labeled using Database Management software
  • Tracking books that do not match certain criteria on our labels
  • Flagging items that are not ready for labeling; separating these items into categories for which they cannot be labeled
  • Shelving books in the correct order, according to the Library of Congress Classification system
  • Shifting books to correct sections of the library or collection

Job Requirements

At times this will be a physically demanding job involving lifting, pulling and pushing loads of books. At times it will also be a dusty, dirty job depending on which part of the library we are occupying - some sections of books in the library are older, dustier and dirtier than others. Willingness and ability to work in these conditions is essential.

Other requirements:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Basic computer skills/familiarity with database applications (such as Excel and Access)
  • Knowledge/familiarity of libraries and library classification schemes (or the ability to learn them)
  • Able to perform repetitive tasks with accuracy/efficiency


This position starts at £7.00/hour, with ability to go to £7.50/hour upon improvement. Please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter to Thomas Forsythe to apply. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. For more information, you may also contact Thomas Forsythe.

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