Engineering Library, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Requisition #1400892

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. More information:

Princeton University Library seeks an energetic and forward-thinking library professional to lead the Engineering Library — a state-of-the-art facility and focal point of the Friend Center for Engineering Education, and a key service provider for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Engineering Librarian serves as the head of the Engineering Library, bearing primary responsibility for all aspects of the administration of the library and supervision of a team of five library assistants.

In close liaison with the broad Engineering constituencies at the University, the Librarian develops and manages strong, interdisciplinary digital and print collections, and shapes and directly provides innovative services for all levels of library patrons, including reference, research consultation, individual and group instructional programs, and online guides and in-class presentations for courses and projects, in support of teaching and research in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Excellent communication skills are a high priority. The Librarian works closely with faculty and students of the School’s 6 departments ( and 7 interdisciplinary centers (, in support of their four over-arching priorities of energy and environment, health, security, and preparing leaders (including strategic agendas of internationalization of scope, and entrepreneurship education in engineering). This librarian functions as the key resource person for the entire Princeton University Library system in assisting all patrons with the discovery and use of content in this wide and growing field. The Librarian also represents Princeton in the relevant regional, national, and international professional and scholarly organizations and meetings; seeks opportunities to participate in inter-institutional initiatives for collaboration in collection development, digitization, preservation and access, and other projects; and identifies opportunities for grants to further enhance the Library’s service to this field.

Because of the broad interdisciplinary and international scope of the field at Princeton, the Engineering Librarian also works in very close coordination with librarians in science, architecture, social sciences and area studies, and reports directly to the Associate University Librarian for Collection Development as a member of the Collection Development Department.

ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library science or equivalent combination of education and professional librarian experience
Undergraduate degree in engineering or a related area or relevant academic or special library experience
Minimum of two years of professional library work in engineering or the physical sciences
Broad familiarity with engineering and computer science literature including major print and electronic sources and databases
Demonstrated successful leadership and strategic planning ability

Strongly Preferred:
Experience in managing a branch library or library departmental operation
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Experience supervising library support staff
Experience with developing print and digital collections and managing an acquisitions budget
Demonstrated success reaching out to and working collaboratively with all levels of users and staff, across all functions of the library system
Ability to work effectively in a rapidly changing environment

Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website:

Click the “Search Open Positions” button on the left, and search Requisition #1400892. Applications must 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. Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

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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