Special Collections Assistant V

Job description


The Research Services department of Princeton University Library is hiring a Special Collections Assistant to join a small team to provide support to the Industrial Relations (IR) Section of the Economics Department. This position directly supports the researchers in the IR Section, the Labor Economics Librarian and a few other librarians with a variety of print and digital sources.

The scope of the work includes:

  • Research data agreements needed by IR Section researchers.
  • Dataset and working papers on the IR Section website and intranet.
  • The annual Selected References publication
  • Projects and collections to support Labor Economics research in PUL and in the IR Reading Room



  • Enter data, create records, work with vendors, coordinate correspondence and maintain inventory of records related to research data agreements
  • Assist with content, working papers and datasets housed on the IR Section’s intranet and public website
  • Assist in finding new publications, purchasing, and collation to support the annual Selected References publication
  • Manage physical items in the IR Reading Room for approximately one day a week
  • Assist the Labor Economics Librarian and a few colleagues with projects specific to Labor Economics research support
  • Conduct inventory, search the library catalog and other bibliographic utilities such as OCLC. Create bibliographic records and edit or add metadata in several databases. Use ALMA/Voyager and REPEC as needed
  • Maintain bibliographic integrity, inventory and collections development for the Labor Economics collections of PUL
  • Maintain the collections in the Industrial Relations Reading Room
  • Collaborate with team members in the Documents Processing unit to support general library needs
  • Maintain designated collections of the department (e.g. government documents in print, microfiche and electronic formats, general reference collection)
  • Engage in re-shelving and assist with collection-related projects as requested


  • Three years of library (or equivalent academic) experience that demonstrates the ability to perform detailed analytical work with bibliographic information or datasets
  • High School degree
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of library staff in written and oral form
  • Experience working with the public in a customer-service oriented field
  • Ability to function within a small team working collaboratively
  • Ability to manage time and projects effectively
  • Facility with bibliographic and web-based search engines
  • Experience with spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel
  • Intermediate level computer skills including proficiency in scanning operations, and basic knowledge of computer hardware, printers, and imaging equipment


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Research service and library public service orientation
  • Working knowledge of ALMA, Voyager modules or other library ILS system
  • Working knowledge of image editing software and scanning workflows


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. EEO IS THE LAW

Standard Weekly Hours36.25Eligible for OvertimeYesBenefits EligibleYesEssential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)NoPhysical Capacity Exam RequiredNoUnion CodeLIB-Amer Fed State County Mun EmpsValid Driver’s License RequiredNo#LI-CB1




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Posted: 6/6/2021
Application Due: 8/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time