The Princeton University Library is one of the world’s leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,600 graduate students, 853 faculty, and many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 7,000,000 printed volumes, 5,000,000 manuscripts, 2,000,000 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 housed in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities.
The Project Archivist will work at the Princeton University Library’s Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, a unit of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. This library houses the Princeton University Archives (current holdings of approximately 15,000 cubic feet) as well as a major collection of 20th-century public policy papers (current holdings of approximately 20,000 cubic feet).
The Public Policy Papers Project Archivist will assist in managing the library’s accessioning processes and work towards the completion of a number of processing, description, and digitization projects. Top priorities include the completion of a two-year NHPRC-funded large-scale digitization project, management of regular accessions from outside organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Council on Foreign Relations, and enhanced description and processing of personal papers and organizational records held within the library’s Public Policy Papers collections. This position will supervise a team of student workers, and will be expected to produce finding aids and other access tools. The Project Archivist will be integrated into the functions of the Library and the Mudd Library Technical Services Unit. The position will participate in the reference activities of the library and contribute to work relating to access systems and tools, digitization, a nd related technical issues. The Project Archivist will report to the Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services.
• Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in archives management, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience processing archival records including experience with pragmatic and efficient processing procedures.
• Ability to appraise historical records.
• Knowledge of relevant standards for archival description including DACS, EAD, EAC-CPF, and familiarity with other metadata standards.
• Knowledge of strategies and technology developed or adopted by the archival community for managing born-digital archival material.
• Knowledge and awareness of current trends in the digitization of archival material for access and preservation.
• Strong decision-making, project management and supervisory skills.
• Excellent communication skills and ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Preferred:
• Knowledge of XSLT, XQuery or other scripting languages
• Experience providing reference services for archives and special collections.
• Knowledge of 20th century U.S. history.
Term and Appointment: Funding for a five-year term currently available; longer term possible based on obtaining additional funding as well as mutual agreement of the parties. The successful candidate will be appointed to a professional specialist rank depending upon qualifications and experience.
Compensation and Benefits: Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Twenty-four vacation days a year, plus eleven paid holidays. Annuity program (TIAA/CREF), group life insurance, health coverage insurance, disability insurance, and other benefits are available.
Nominations and Applications: Review of applications will begin November 1st, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications (cover letter, resume and the names, titles, addresses and phone numbers of three references) will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: http://www.princeton.edu/jobs
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER.
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