Lead Processing Archivist for Manuscripts Division Collections — Princeton University Library — Princeton, NJ

Position Title: Lead Processing Archivist for Manuscripts Division Collections
Department: Library-Rare Books & Spec Collections
Requisition Number: 1500965
Job Code Title: Librarian

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 8 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 Lead Processing Archivist for Manuscripts Division Collections works at the Princeton University Library’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. The Manuscripts Division holds approximately 12,000 linear feet of materials spanning 5,000 years from the ancient Near East to the present. Subject strengths include modern English, American, and Latin American literature; Western European and U.S. history; Near Eastern Studies; American publishing history; and art history. Included are over 20,000 bound manuscripts. Audiovisual media and born-digital files constitute a growing subset of the Division’s collections. The Lead Processing Archivist provides expert guidance and functional supervision for other team members who accession, survey, appraise, process, and create archival and bibliographic metadata for a wide range of literary and historical manuscript collections, personal papers, and other materials acquired for the Division. Management of descript ive data (which includes reprocessing and bringing legacy finding aids up to modern descriptive standards) is a significant aspect of the team’s workload. The Lead Processing Archivist processes and catalogs new accessions, and contributes to digital library metadata development, system implementation, data-related digital humanities initiatives, and incorporation of archival descriptive data into future discovery systems. The Lead Processing Archivist reports to the Department’s Head of Technical Services.

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.

Essential Qualifications:
– Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in archives management, or advanced degree in humanities or history.
-Two to five years of archival experience with emphasis on processing a variety of manuscript collections and producing encoded finding aids and other descriptive metadata.
-Advanced proficiency with standards for archival description such as DACS, EAD, and EAC-CPF.
-Familiarity with current developments in processing techniques, along with flexibility and adaptability in the context of conceptual and technological change.
-Knowledge and awareness of current trends in digitization and of metadata formats such as MODS and METS.
-Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
– Effective working knowledge of at least one of these languages that are significant in Manuscripts Division collections:
French, Spanish, Latin.

Preferred Qualifications:
-Processing experience with handwritten materials.
-Experience in training staff and creating documentation.
-Knowledge of procedures for accessioning and describing born-digital materials and audiovisual media, and understanding of related preservation concerns.
-Experience with bibliographic MARC-format cataloging using RDA, AMREMM, or AACR2.
-Proficiency with XSLT, XQuery or other scripting languages relevant to the management of descriptive data.
-Experience with collection management tools such as the Archivists’ Toolkit, Archon, or ArchivesSpace.

The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending upon qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: http://www.princeton.edu/jobs 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 race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, 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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