Full Time Processing Archivist – Princeton University Library Rare Books Department – Princeton, NJ

This position may work evenings or weekend hours from time to time.

The individual hired in this position will accession, survey, appraise, process, and create EAD finding aids and MARC-format catalog records for a wide range of manuscript collections, personal papers, and other materials in the Manuscripts Division. Subjects covered by the Division vary greatly. Some of the main strengths are modern American, British, and Latin American literature; publishing history; and U.S. history. Personal papers of Latin American literary, cultural, and political figures will constitute major part of the position’s workload. American historical collections from the 17th through 19th centuries are also an area of focus. The Processing Archivist will also help direct the work of one or more support staff positions and supervise student workers as well as participate in committee work relating to EAD development, digitization, and related technical issues. The Processing Archivist reports to the Leader of the Special Collections Team.

Required: Mastera��s degree from an ALA-accredited library school and/or an advanced degree in Latin American studies, especially literature since the 1950s. Hands-on manuscripts processing experience, and familiarity with current developments in processing procedures. Familiarity with standards for manuscript and archival description such as DACS, EAD, and MARC. Excellent oral and written communication skills, as demonstrated in a finding aid or other piece of writing. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team setting. Ability to lift and handle containers that may weigh as much as 30 pounds. Because of the emphasis on Latin Americana, a good reading knowledge of Spanish is required, with demonstrated application in a library or research setting.
Preferred: Experience in training and supervision. Technical services use of an integrated library system and a system such as Archivists’ Toolkit. Knowledge and awareness of current trends in the digitization of rare and unique original research materials, and of metadata formats such as MODS and METS. Good reading knowledge of other Western European languages relevant to the manuscript collections.

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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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