Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services — Princeton University — Princeton, NJ

Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services

The Princeton University Library is one of the world’s leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,700 graduate students, 1,200 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 Technical Services (TSA) works at the Princeton University Library’s Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, part of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. It houses a major collection of 20th-century public policy papers and the Princeton University Archives (about 45,000 lf total). Over 5,000 researchers visit or write the Library annually, requesting over 8,000 containers. For more information, see:

The primary responsibility is to manage technical services operations of the library and reports to the University Archivist and the RBSC Technical Services Head. Overseeing two professionals and one support staff, the focus is on efficient, creative processing using current standards and procedures. The TSA also helps manage the Library’s finding aid site, cataloging, data management activities, and digitization projects. The position requires fluency with databases, web technologies, and computing tools in addition to familiarity with standard bibliographic control conventions e.g. DACS, EAD and MARC.

The TSA is part of Mudd’s four-person management team and part of the reference rotation, working closely with the Public Services Archivist, as both are responsible for the daily operations of the Library, and each helps establish priorities, policies, and procedures for the building and staff (and participates in department and system-wide library activities). This person also participates in the management of the Department’s Technical Services Division along with other team leaders.

Essential Qualifications
-Three to five years of progressively responsible archival experience with emphasis on appraising and processing large archival collections and producing finding aids
-Familiarity with current developments in processing procedures, along with flexibility and adaptability in the context of conceptual and technological change
-Advanced proficiency with standards for archival description such as DACS, EAD, and EAC-CPF
-Knowledge and awareness of current trends in digitization and of metadata formats such as MODS and METS
-Advanced computer skills, including database literacy and web-related knowledge
-Strong organizational abilities and excellent writing and editing skills
-Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in archives management, or advanced degree in an allied discipline

Preferred Qualifications
-Supervisory experience
-Experience with electronic records accessioning, description, and preservation, including born digital materials
-Knowledge of XSLT, XQuery or other scripting languages relevant to descriptive data
-Experience with collection management tools, e.g. the Archivists’ Toolkit or ArchivesSpace
-Knowledge of 20th-century American history

Nominations and Applications:
Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: and must include a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references with full contact information. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. 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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