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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

F/T - Project Archivist - Princeton University


Req Number: 1000163  
Title: Project Archivist  
Department: Library - 690  
The Princeton University Library, one of the world's most respected research institutions, serves a diverse community of 6,600 students and 1,100 faculty members with more than 6 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, and 2 million nonprint items. The holdings in its central facility and 15 specialized libraries range from ancient papyri and incunabula to the most advanced electronic databases and digital collections. The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support personnel, complemented by a large student and hourly workforce. More information can be found at the Library's Web site:

Available: Immediately

Description: 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 Princeton University Archives Project Archivist will works towards the completion of a number of processing, description, and digitization projects. Top priorities include work on the library's Princetoniana Collection, collections related to theater at Princeton, collections of audiovisual and photographic material, and various university record groups. This position will supervise a team of several student workers, and will be expected to produce finding aids, catalog records, and other access tools. The position will also participate in the reference activities of the Mudd Manuscript Library and work relating to EAD development, digitization, and related technical issues. The Project Archivist will report to the Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services.  
Required: Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in archival management, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience processing archival records, including large collections of institutional records. Demonstrated ability to appraise historical records. Experience with pragmatic and efficient processing procedures such as those outlined in Greene and Meissner's "More Product, Less Process." Fluency with relevant standards for archival description including DACS, EAD, and MARC, and familiarity with other metadata standards. Knowledge and awareness of current trends in the digitization of unique and rare scholarly resources for access and preservation. Strong decision-making, project management and supervisory skills. Excellent communication skills and ability to work independently.  
Experience working in, and providing reference services within an active university records program. Knowledge of principles and techniques for managing electronic records. Knowledge of Princeton University history or the history of American higher education.  
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled or See Position Summary.
Instructions for applying: Complete the online application and click "Apply to this Posting" at the top of the posting details page.

Required documents; Resume/CV and Cover Letter  
Comments: This is a two-year term appointment. Funding for a two-year term currently available; longer term possible based on obtaining additional funding