Project Archivist, Americana Manuscript Collections (Associate Professional Specialist) — Princeton University — Princeton, NJ

Details or description
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 exemplary 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 an archival description professional to manage and enhance data for Manuscripts Division collections containing 18th- and 19th-century American manuscripts, photographs, and other materials. The Division holds over 400 Americana collections along with many bound manuscripts. Topics covered are diverse and include politics, literature, and performing arts among many others. Primary duties include revising legacy finding aid data and catalog records as required by current practices and user needs, along with rearrangement and provision for conservation treatment. Accessioning and description of new acquisitions and management of digital assets are among the position’s responsibilities. This position will supervise student workers. Archivists participate in committee work relating to policies, workflow, and system development and may contribute to digital humanities projects. As a member of the Special Collections Team the Project Archivist works under the guidance of the Lead Processing Archivist and reports to the Head, Technical Services for Special Collections.

Position available April 1, 2017.

The term of this position is five years. 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 combination of other advanced degree and professional-level experience in a library or archival setting. Hands-on manuscripts processing experience. Familiarity with current developments in processing procedures. Application of standards for manuscript and archival description such as DACS, EAD, EAC, and MARC and facility with managing the resulting descriptive data. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team setting. Ability to work effectively with curatorial and public services staff.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience using Archivists’ Toolkit, ArchivesSpace, or a similar system. Experience in training and supervision of student workers. Archival experience reading handwritten American materials. Experience with accessioning and bibliographic MARC-format cataloging. Proficiency with XSLT, XQuery or other scripting languages relevant to the management of descriptive data.

Darlene A. Dreyer
Assistant to the Associate University Librarian
Rare Books and Special Collections
Princeton University Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544-2098
609.258.5049 (phone)
609.258.2324 (fax) (email)

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