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Processing Archivist for Latin American Manuscripts Collections

Princeton, New Jersey
Closing date
21 Mar 2024

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Princeton University Library (PUL) ( is one of the world’s leading research libraries. It employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, & 3 storage facilities. Through a combination of exemplary services & world-renowned collections the Library supports a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,700 graduate students, 1,200 faculty members, & many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 10 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, & extensive collections of digital text, data, & images.

Position Summary

PUL seeks an archival professional to create and enhance metadata for collections containing the personal papers of Latin American literary, cultural, & political figures in coordination with the Librarian for Latin American Studies. Primary duties include accessioning, appraising, & processing collections in all formats; managing & enhancing data for collections as required by current standards, user needs, & reparative frameworks; assisting with public services; proposing & contributing to collaborative initiatives at the team level; collaborating with departmental stakeholders on collections management & control; managing audiovisual & large-scale digitization and processing projects; & supervising student workers on archival description projects. This position further participates in committee work relating to policies, workflows, & system development & may contribute to digital humanities projects. As a member of the Special Collections Archival Description & Processing Team (ADAPT), this position works under the guidance of the Lead Processing Archivist & reports to the AUL for SC Technical Services. The successful candidate will be appointed to an Associate Professional Specialist or Professional Specialist depending upon qualifications and experience.

Essential Qualifications

  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program with archival coursework, or advanced degree in an allied discipline combined with relevant experience
  • Fluent reading knowledge of Spanish.
  • Hands-on experience arranging and describing archival collections with a varying size and scope.
  • Knowledge of & experience with relevant descriptive standards for archival collections (DACS, EAD)
  • Familiarity with current developments in processing procedures
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities & to work effectively, both independently & collaboratively, in a dynamic environment with a diverse group of staff & patrons
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written, & oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, & a commitment to professional engagement and continuous learning
  • Comfort with & ability to learn new technologies
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, & inclusion & serving the needs of a diverse population

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with ArchivesSpace or another collection management system
  • Experience with electronic records accessioning, description, & preservation
  • Knowledge & awareness of current trends in the digitization of archival material for access & preservation
  • Experience providing reference services in an archives or special collections

Applications must be submitted via & include a resume, cover letter, & a list of three references with full contact information. Review of applications will begin 30 days from the date of posting. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

Princeton University Library is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce & advancing the University's commitment to racial equity within our community & in the world. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds & life experiences to apply for our positions. To find out more about PUL’s work towards greater inclusivity, equity, & diversity, please see PUL’s “About” page.

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.

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