Assistant University Archivist for Public Services, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Job Requisition: 1400658
Job Title: Assistant University Archivist for Public Services
Posting: Assistant University Archivist for Public Services
Assistant University Archivist for Public Services
The Princeton University Library is one of the worlda��s leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,600 graduate students, 853 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, and images. The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities.

Major Responsibilities:
The Assistant University Archivist for Public Services oversees the reference and public services operations of the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, which serves an international community of scholars as well as the Princeton University community who make intensive use of its holdings for a broad range of educational activities. This position:
a�? supervises all activities and staff (3.25 FTE, not including students) related to public services and the reading room, including scheduling; training; and administering policies
a�? insures that reference services are delivered efficiently to the 2,000 annual in-person visitors using the librarya��s two collections, the Public Policy Papers and the University Archives. Also oversees the intake, assignment, and completion of 3,000 reference inquiries, photoduplication requests and permission inquiries
a�? coordinates outreach to the campus community and provides specialized instruction and support for courses, working with faculty to tailor presentations to fit the intellectual goals of specific courses
a�? develops and provides innovative and specialized reference, instructional and access services to public policy and archival holdings, which directly support teaching and research.
a�? This person is part of the Mudd Manuscript Library management team (which also includes the Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services, the University Records Manager, and the University Archivist). The two Assistant University Archivists work together closely, as they are responsible for the daily operations of the Library, and each helps establish priorities, policies and procedures for the building and staff, as well as participating in system-wide library activities.
a�? working in conjunction with the public services staff in RBSCa��s Firestone Library, in particular the public services librarian, develops, implements, and coordinates policies and procedures relating to access services for all researchers in the Department; gathers and reports reference service statistics on a monthly and quarterly basis.
a�? manages Mudd Librarya��s website (not including finding aids)
a�? contributes to on-site and virtual exhibitions, and other forms of public outreach.

Essential Qualifications:

a�? Appropriate academic background (MLS from an ALA-accredited library school and/or advanced degree in a subject area) combined with relevant job experience at comparable archives or special collections.
a�? As demonstrated by work or academic experience, excellent oral and written communications skills and excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to communicate effectively and work well with colleagues and library patrons individually and in groups is essential.
a�? Demonstrated strong commitment to quality patron services. Ability to handle the pressures of reference service with accuracy and poise.
a�? Strong analytical, organizational, and time management skills.
a�? Demonstrated understanding of research use of special collections, especially archives and manuscripts.

Preferred Qualifications:
a�? Formal archival training at the graduate level and/or demonstrated understanding of archival theory and practice.
a�? Three years professional work experience in an academic research library, archives or historical society or agency.
a�? Supervisory and management experience.
a�? Experience using social media to highlight collections and services.
a�? Second mastera��s degree in a subject area related to the holdings of the Mudd Library and/or significant coursework in 20th-century American history or political science.
a�? Familiarity with computer applications, access tools, and resources relevant to special collections (online catalogs, finding aids, databases, web applications, Aeon, and resources.)
a�? Demonstrated faculty outreach/instruction.
a�? Experience with exhibitions.
a�? Experience in user instruction teaching patrons to find and use library resources.

Successful candidates will make a presentation to PUL staff on a topic relevant to the work of special collections and archives.

Compensation and Benefits: Princeton offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program that is responsive to the needs of its diverse staff. The comprehensive benefits program includes health and life insurance coverage, pension benefits, flexible spending accounts, income protection in the event of short- and long-term disabilities, benefits for employee education, children’s tuition grants, as well as 24 vacation days a year, 9 holidays and 2 personal days.

Nominations and Applications: This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information

Princeton is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their service to the Library, to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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