Public Services Project Archivist (Associate Professional Specialist) – Princeton University – Princeton, NJ

Princeton University Library seeks a trained archives professional to assist in the day-to-day public services and reference operations in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Mudd Library annually serves more than 2,000 patrons from within the University’s community, as well as a national and international research audience who use the library’s two collections, the Public Policy Papers (20th century politics, diplomacy, civil liberties, and economic development) and the University Archives.

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. 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. More information: http://library.princeton.edu/

This position will:
• support the intake, assignment, and completion of email and phone reference inquiries
• gather materials for and assist their supervisor to provide specialized instruction and support for graduate and undergraduate courses, including working closely with faculty members and curators;
• contribute to the development and implementation of innovative and specialized reference, instructional, and access services coordinated across the department;
• oversee security and proper handling of collections;
• contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures relating to access services;
• assist with scheduling reference and paging coverage;
• contribute to the management of the RBSC website;
• contribute to on-site and virtual exhibitions, and other forms of public outreach.

The successful candidate must be committed to and be an advocate for public services in the department, as well as in the wider library system. The ideal candidate will enjoy working with researchers of all skill levels, take up the challenge of problem solving, and have a welcoming personality.

Essential Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in special collections/archives.
• Experience in public services (research assistance, class instruction, exhibition and outreach) at an academic research library, archives, or historical society.
• Demonstrated understanding of research use of rare books, manuscripts, and special collections.
• Ability to respond effectively, orally and in writing, to sophisticated research questions.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including flexibility and temperament to handle in-person interactions with accuracy and poise
• Strong analytical, organizational, and time management skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Coursework or training in archives (equivalent work experience will be considered).
• Familiarity with computer applications and resources relevant to special collections (online catalogs, finding aids, research databases, Aeon, Springshare products).
• Work with electronic and born digital records in a public services context.

This is a 3-year, full-time professional position with the possibility of extension, contingent upon funding. Staff development opportunities such as conference attendance and professional training will be available.

The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Associate Professional Specialist or more senior depending upon qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted only from the AHire website: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/6041and 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/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.

To view the posting, go to: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/6041

About Melody Rood

Librarian at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC

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