Public Policy Papers Project Archivist

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Created: September 29, 2013


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, and related technical issues. The Project Archivist will report to the Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services.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).

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.Nominations and Applications: Review of applications will begin November 1st, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.

Essential Qualifications: Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in archives management, or advanced degree from an allied discipline with experience in archives or special collections. 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 Qualifications: Knowledge of XSLT, XQuery or other scripting languagesExperience providing reference services for archives and special collections. Knowledge of 20th century U.S. history.

Education Required: Master's Degree

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