Project Cataloging Specialist, Rare Books — Princeton University Library — Princeton, NJ

Position Title: Project Cataloging Specialist, Rare Books
Department: Library-Rare Books & Special Collections
Requisition Number: 1600688
Job Code Title: Associate Professional Specialist

The Princeton University Library is one of the worlda��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 9 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.

Position Summary: Princeton University Library seeks an experienced and productive rare book cataloger to catalog a diverse array of uncatalogued acquisitions. Materials fall into two main categories: rare art publications for the Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, and general acquisitions for the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Imprints range from the 16th century to the 21st, and include many titles in languages other than English, chiefly French, German, Italian, and Latin. Sustained and effective cataloging of this body of material is the central focus of the project, so a high level of productivity is essential. Cataloging must respond to specialist client needs as identified by curators and selectors. Enhancements of earlier records may also be included. Duties may include assisting with the Cotsen Children’s Library printed catalog. This position is part of the Rare Books Cataloging Team, whose members apply current professional standards to achi eve sound intellectual control of special collections. It reports to the Library’s Head of Technical Services for Special Collections.

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.

This is a two-year term position with possibility of extension.

Essential Qualifications: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program. At least two years of professional cataloging experience including substantial original monograph cataloging applying RDA, LCSH, LC classification, and the MARC 21 format. Familiarity with rare book cataloging tools such as the DCRM manuals and RBMS Controlled Vocabularies. Good reading knowledge of French, German, or Italian. Flexibility and ability to adjust to changing priorities and practices. Ability to work collaboratively with curators, selectors, and fellow technical services staff. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Serials cataloging experience. Cataloging use of Voyager and OCLC. NACO participation. Experience in cataloging art materials or educational background in art history. Understanding of the visual aspects of printed resources. Reading knowledge of other languages relevant to the collections such as Latin. Familiarity with AACR2 and earlier cataloging codes.

The successful candidate will be appointed as an Associate Professional Specialist or more senior depending upon qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: 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.

To view the posting, go to Jobs at Princeton:

About John Pell

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

Comments are closed.