Assistant Director, Content Access (CA) Department, Princeton University Library

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Princeton University Library seeks a highly skilled, innovative leader for the Content Access (CA) Department. Reporting directly to the Associate University Librarian for Collections & Access Services (CAS), the Assistant Director serves on the Senior Management Team of the whole CAS Division, presenting a unique opportunity for career growth. The successful candidate will help lead a strategic rethinking of collection access, management, and fulfillment functions, operations, workflows, staffing and supervision arrangements, and the user experience of finding and accessing content, central to the overarching mission of supporting research and instruction at Princeton University and its global engagement. The position offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, providing ample opportunities to make a lasting impact on the Library’s strategic direction. This role is at the forefront of innovation and collaboration, driving initiatives that shape the future of library services for accessing and using content in all forms.

Princeton University Library is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce and advancing the University’s commitment to racial equity within our community and in the world. We encourage candidates from all diverse backgrounds and life experiences to apply for our positions. To find out more about PUL’s work towards greater inclusivity, equity, and diversity, please see PUL’s “About” page.(


The primary focus of this position is on optimizing seamless access to a vast universe of locally-owned and shared-access print, digital and digitized library resources, and enhancing the Library’s performance in fulfilling all its patrons’ content needs – for individual learning, research, or teaching. In addition, this position oversees the management of physical collections and spearheads operations to supply efficient on-demand digitization of all types of library materials, with a special emphasis on end-user accessibility.

As the head of the CA Department, the incumbent is responsible for overseeing a dynamic team currently consisting of about 21 professional and support staff, and approximately seventy student assistants that seamlessly provide patron-facing content services, including circulation, course reserves, print and digital resource sharing, multimedia services, digitization on demand, and accessibility services.

Representing PUL, the position engages with national and international resource sharing consortia, and the strategic planning of their mutually beneficial operations for enhanced discovery and optimized access to their vast collective collection, advocating for services and promoting PUL’s standing within the academic community. The collaboration also entails close partnership with key Library and campus stakeholders, including the Office of Information Technology, Office of General Counsel, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Disability Services.

If you are an ambitious and creative professional who thrives in a dynamic and forward-thinking environment, this is the opportunity for you. Join us in shaping the future service of Princeton University Library and make a lasting impact on the academic community.


Required Qualifications

• MLS from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent combination of education and professional experience
• A minimum of seven years relevant professional experience in an academic or research library, or the equivalent, which must include a minimum of three years of supervisory and management experience
• Deep understanding and work experience of circulation, collection management and/or resource sharing services of a large academic library with multiple branches
• Knowledge/work experience of digitization of many types of library materials
• Experience which demonstrates a strong public service orientation
• A commitment to staff development
• Strong interpersonal skills; teamwork and team building skills
• Strong planning, organization and problem-solving skills
• Strong oral and written communications skills
• Well-developed computer skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience which demonstrates a strong working knowledge of copyright, fair use principles and their application to library services.
• Knowledge of accessibility service and remediation technologies that support patrons with disabilities.
• Knowledge of academic library’s media services including audio and video support services.
• Experience of library access service with a large offsite storage facility
• Knowledge of and experience with online library information services, and/or contemporary interlibrary loan and/or document delivery systems and services.
• Active participation in relevant national/international professional organizations and forums.

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