Reference Professional for Special Collections (Associate Professional Specialist)
Princeton University Library
March 14, 2018
Princeton, New Jersey
Higher Education Institution
Princeton University Library seeks a collaborative and talented special collections generalist to assist in day-to-day reference and public service operations in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. The position will support more than 2,500 patrons annually from within and outside the University community who consult the myriad subject areas held in the department’s books, manuscripts, graphic materials, maps, and other items that span multiple languages and five millennia of recorded history. The successful candidate must be committed to and be an advocate for public services and enjoy working with researchers of all skill levels, take up the challenge of problem solving, and have a welcoming personality.
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/
The 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
ALA-accredited Master's degree in library/information science 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 scholarly use of rare books, manuscripts, and special collections.
Ability to communicate 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 for a wide range of users.
Strong analytical, organizational, and time management skills.
Coursework or training in bibliography, rare books librarianship, or archives (equivalent work experience will be considered).
Familiarity with applications and resources relevant to special collections (library catalogs, finding aids, databases, Aeon, Springshare products).
Reading proficiency in one or more major Western European languages other than English.
This is 3-year, full-time professional position with the possibility of extension, contingent upon funding, and 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/6042 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/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.
Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.
As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching.
Today, more than 1,100 faculty members instruct approximately 5,200 undergraduate students and 2,600 graduate students. The University's generous financial aid program ensures that talented students from all economic backgrounds can afford a Princeton education.