Special Collections Asst V

Princeton, Mercer County
Jun 12, 2014
Position Summary: The primary function of the Curatorial Assistant (Special Collections Assistant V) will be supporting the work of the Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. The Curatorial Assistant will work under the direct supervision of the Curator of Manuscripts and assist in the ongoing activities of the Manuscripts Division, which holds approximately 12,000 linear feet of original research materials spanning 5,000 years of recorded history. Subject strengths include modern English, American, and Latin American literature; Classics; European and American history; Near Eastern Studies and Islamic manuscripts; and Art History. The Curatorial Assistant will also work closely with other Department staff in Technical Services, Public Services, and Photoduplicaton. The Curatorial Assistant will assist as needed with reference queries, public programs, and classroom instruction for the Manuscripts Division, by setting up and monitoring class visits and presentations, and by offering orientations to the Manuscripts Division for undergraduate classes and visitors, especially when the Curator is unavailable. Evaluating materials for possible acquisition; creating basic bibliographic and order records for acquisitions, using the Voyager cataloging and acquisitions modules; unpacking, processing, and moving new acquisitions as necessary; retrieving materials from special vault facilities; assisting with collections relocation as part of Firestone renovation; coordinating with RBSC Technical Services staff on location records for special vault facilities; helping to identify and retrieve materials for rehousing, digitization, and conservation treatment; preparing metadata for digital projects; managing website content and social media for the Manuscripts Division; assisting the Curator of Manuscripts in the management of the Manuscript Division's blog ("RBSC Manuscripts Division News") and preparing occasional blog posts for it; supervising undergraduate student workers in work related to the Manuscripts Division; managing, migrating, and preserving digital files; assisting with exhibition planning and with researching and writing wall text and labels; and other duties as assigned.

Essential Qualifications: Position Requires: Candidates for the position of Curatorial Assistant must have an accredited Bachelor's degree in the humanities or history. The individual must be very organized and able to work both collaboratively and independently, with demonstrated written and verbal skills, close attention to bibliographic and other detail, and experience with managing websites, social media, and blogs. Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite.

Preferred Qualifications: Preferred: Minimum two years library experience, especially in an academic library; subject background, interest, and formal training in one or more areas of collections strength in the Manuscripts Division, particularly English literature. Experience hiring, training, and supervising undergraduate student workers. Working experience with manuscripts, archives, and related materials, such as historical photographs; good reading knowledge of at least one language other than English in which the Manuscripts Division has substantial holdings, such as Latin, Spanish, French, or Classical Arabic. Familiarity with integrated library systems (at present, Voyager) and image-processing software (particularly, Adobe PhotoShop). Ability to lift and handle containers that may weigh up to 30 pounds. For more information about holdings, go to the homepage of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections (http://www.princeton.edu/~rbsc/index.shtml) and the Manuscripts Division (http://www.princeton.edu/~rbsc/department/manuscripts/). The final candidate will be required to pass a background check successfully.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled or See Position Summary.