Processing Archivist @ Manuscript Division Collections – Princeton University

Manuscript Division Collections - Princeton University

Posted: 1/22/2018   |   Archives

Closing: Not Specified

Position: Processing Archivist

Salary: Not Specified
Job Type: P

Princeton, NJ


Position Summary
Princeton University Library seeks an archival description professional to create, manage, and enhance data for Manuscripts Division collections. The Manuscripts Division holds approximately 15,000 linear feet of materials spanning 5000 years from the ancient Near East to the present. Subject strengths include modern English, American, and Latin American literature; Western European and U.S. history; Near Eastern Studies; American publishing history; and art history. Included are over 20,000 bound manuscripts. Audiovisual media and born-digital files constitute a growing subset of the Division’s collections. Primary duties include processing and cataloging new acquisitions along with revising legacy finding aid data and catalog records as required by current practices and user needs. Management of digital assets is included in the position’s responsibilities. This position will supervise student workers. Archivists participate in committee work relating to policies, workflow, and system development and may contribute to digital humanities projects. As a member of the Special Collections Team the Processing Archivist works under the guidance of the Lead Processing Archivist and reports to the Head, Technical Services for Special Collections.

This position is available October 1, 2017. This is a three year term position with possibility of extension contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued funding.

Princeton is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their service to the Library, to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

Essential Qualifications:
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent combination of other advanced degree and professional-level experience in a research library or archival setting. Hands-on manuscripts processing experience with collections varying in size and scope. Familiarity with current developments in processing procedures. Application of standards for manuscript and archival description such as DACS, EAD, and MARC and facility with managing the resulting descriptive data. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team setting. Ability to work effectively with curatorial and public services staff.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with collection management tools such as Archivists’ Toolkit, Archon, ArchivesSpace, or similar system. Knowledge of procedures for accessioning and describing born-digital materials and audiovisual media, and understanding of related preservation concerns. Understanding of EAC-CPF. Processing experience with handwritten materials. Proficiency with XSLT, XQuery or other such computing tools relevant to the management of archival descriptive data. Experience with bibliographic MARC-format cataloging using RDA, AMREMM, or AACR2. . Knowledge of non-English languages that are significant in Manuscripts Division collections such as French, Italian, or Arabic.

The successful candidate will be appointed as an Associate Professional Specialist or more senior depending upon qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted only from the AHire website: 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.

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