Processing Archivist

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Created: September 24, 2014


The Princeton University Library is one of the world’s leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5200 undergraduates, 2600 graduate students, 853 faculty, and visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, & extensive collections of digital text, data, and images. The Library employs a staff of more than 300 staff members working in a large central library, 9 branches, and 3 storage facilities.

Major Responsibilities
The Department of Rare Books & Special Collections seeks a service-oriented professional for the arrangement and description of manuscript collections, personal papers, and other materials in the Manuscripts Division.  Personal papers of Latin American literary, cultural, and political figures will constitute a major part of the position's workload. U.S. historical collections are also significant. The Processing Archivist will participate in committee work. This position supervises student workers assigned to processing tasks & reports to the Special Collections Team Leader.

Essential Qualifications
Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in archives management, or advanced degree in an allied discipline with experience in archives or special collections; hands-on manuscripts processing experience, including application of standards for manuscript & archival description such as DACS, EAD, & EAC-CPF; familiarity with current developments in processing procedures, along with flexibility and adaptability in the context of conceptual & technological change; ability to compose clear, concise descriptions, as demonstrated in a finding aid/other functional document; strong analytical, problem-solving, decision-making skills; demonstrated ability to work in a collegial team environment & to communicate effectively; good reading knowledge of Spanish, with demonstrated application in a library or research setting.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience in training & supervision; technical services use of an integrated library system & a system such as Archivists' Toolkit; knowledge/awareness of current trends in digitization of rare/unique original research materials, & of metadata formats such as MODS and METS; knowledge of XSLT, XQuery or other scripting languages; advanced degree in Latin American studies, especially literature since the 1950s; good reading knowledge of other Western European languages relevant to the manuscript collections.

Princeton offers competitive salaries & a comprehensive benefits program responsive to the needs of its diverse staff. The comprehensive benefits program includes health & life insurance coverage, pension benefits, flexible spending accounts, income protection in the event of short- and long-term disabilities, benefits for employee education, children's tuition grants, as well as vacation, holidays, and personal days. This is a Full Time Position & may work evenings or weekend hours from time to time.

Review of applications will begin immediately & will continue until the position is filled. Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: & must include a resume, cover letter, & a list of three references with contact information. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

Princeton is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their service to the Library, to the diversity & excellence of our academic community. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer & all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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