Head, Science Libraries – Princeton University Library – Princeton, NJ

Requisition D-17-LIB-00007

Princeton University seeks a forward-thinking leader and innovative planner and manager for the position of Head of the Science Libraries. The successful candidate will provide vision, leadership and a collaborative working environment for the staff of the Lewis Science Library and Furth Plasma Physics Library with a combined staff of 5 librarians, 10 support staff and numerous student assistants. The Head will also oversee all aspects of the Librariesa�� activities, including the development of innovative services for Princeton’s scientific research community, reference and research consultation services, instruction programs, collections, and facilities management. This position is expected to contribute to campus-wide library projects and represent Princeton in relevant regional, national, and international organizations. Depending on the candidate’s qualifications, some science subject liaison work may be part of this positiona��s responsibility.

The Peter B. Lewis Science Library provides library services and collections for students, faculty, and research staff in Astrophysics, Chemistry, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics, Plasma Physics and Psychology, as well as being a collaborative and welcoming space for undergraduate students in the sciences and across campus. It is also home of the Librarya��s Map and Geospatial Information Center. The Furth Plasma Physics Library is located at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory at Forrestal Center near main campus. Further information on the Lewis Science Library: https://library.princeton.edu/lewis

Princeton University Library is one of the worlda��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. 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 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, and images. Further information: http://library.princeton.edu/

Required Qualifications:

  • An ALA-accredited Mastera��s degree in library/information science OR equivalent combination of education and professional library experience.
  • Minimum 3 years professional library work in an academic or research library supporting science teaching and research.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direction in a research library.
  • In-depth knowledge of research tools in the sciences.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work successfully and collaboratively with a diverse group of scholars and colleagues.

Strongly Preferred:

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in a science or engineering subject.
  • Experience with managing a branch library or library department.
  • Experience supervising professional staff in an academic setting.
  • Familiarity with the Scholarly Communications process and directions.
  • Ability to work effectively in a rapidly changing environment.

The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending upon qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted only from https://puwebp.princeton.edu/AcadHire/apply/application.xhtml?listingId=1121 and 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. Princeton University is an equal opportunity 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.

About John Pell

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

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