Cotsen Children’s Library Catalog Specialist for Early Imprints (Associate Professional Specialist) — Princeton University — Princeton, NJ

Princeton University Library is one of the world’s leading research libraries. It 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. Through a combination of exemplar services and world-renowned collections the Library supports a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,700 graduate students, 1,200 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 10 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, and images. Further information:

Position Summary
Princeton University Library seeks two rare book professionals to prepare approximately 2500 entries for the pre-1801 volume of “A Catalogue of the Cotsen Children’s Library.” Content of the catalog will be commensurate with the stature of the Cotsen Children’s Library as a major historical collection of rare illustrated children’s books. The scope of the project is primarily printed books and serials, predominantly from the 18th century. Revision of existing online catalog records to printed catalog guidelines is included, as is preparation of data for indexes for all four volumes of the Cotsen printed catalog. Other related duties may be assigned as well. The positions report jointly to the Associate University Librarian for Rare Books and Special Collections and to the Head of Technical Services for Special Collections.

Two 18-month positions are available July 1, 2017. The term of these positions is 18 months.

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.

The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Associate Professional Specialist or more senior rank depending upon qualifications and experience. Applications must be submitted via and include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Essential Qualifications
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent education and experience in the rare book field. Experience in formal bibliographic description of illustrated special collections materials. Ability to edit MARC-format bibliographic records. Good reading knowledge of French, German, or Italian plus bibliographic familiarity with other languages relevant to the collections such as Latin. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and meet goals in a high-profile project with a defined timeline. Versatility and adaptability as required for a multi-faceted project.

Preferred Qualifications
Cataloging experience applying RDA and/or AACR2 using the MARC21 format. Familiarity with the history of publications for children. Use of rare book cataloging tools such as the DCRM manuals and RBMS Controlled Vocabularies. Technical services use of Voyager and OCLC.

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About John Pell

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

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