Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Head Librarian, Science and Technology Libraries Princeton University Library

Princeton, NJ
Requisition #10000106

The Princeton University Library comprises a large central library and a dozen specialized libraries that are heavily used by an academic community of 6,400 students, 1,100 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. To support the diverse needs of its users, the Library holds some six million printed volumes, ranging from incunabula to current imprints, and provides access to many other records of human knowledge, such as ancient papyri and cylinder seals, modern literary manuscripts, and recently produced electronic databases and journals. The Library employs more than 300 professional and support personnel, complemented by a large student and hourly workforce. Please consult the Library Web site at http://library.princeton.edu/ for more information.

Available: Immediately

Princeton University Library invites nominations and applications for the position of Head Librarian, Science and Technology Libraries. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall direction of the Lewis Science Library, the Engineering Library, the Furth Plasma Physics Library (a sub-unit of the Engineering Library), and the Psychology Library, which is slated to be consolidated into the Lewis Library shortly. These libraries currently are staffed by 7 librarians, 1 administrator, 9 members of the support staff, and many student assistants, and they share a collections budget of $5,700,000.
The Lewis Library, designed by architect Frank Gehry and opened in late 2008, provides the services and collections for Astrophysics, Chemistry, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Geosciences, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, and Physics; it is also the home of the University Library’s GIS and Map Center. The Engineering Library, designed by architect Henry Cobb and opened in 2001, serves Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, where major investments are producing exciting work in 4 areas important to society: energy and environment, health, security, and the preparation of leaders for an increasingly technological world. The Furth Plasma Physics Library is housed at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and located short distance from the main campus.
The Head Librarian, Science and Technology Libraries, oversees all aspects of the science and technology libraries, working with the staff to develop innovative services tailored to Princeton’s busy community of science faculty, students, and researchers while also overseeing the traditional areas of user education, reference and research consultation, and collection development. The Head Librarian is expected to advance campus conversations about scholarly communication and e-science, working collaboratively with other Princeton librarians, the University’s Office of Information Technology, the Office of the Dean for Research, and special campus research centers such as the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering. The Head Librarian contributes to campus-wide library projects and represents Princeton in relevant regional, national, and international projects.

Required: An ALA-accredited masters of Library Science or equivalent combination of education and professional library experience; at least 5 years of experience in a library that supports science teaching and research; ability to provide leadership and direction in a research library, as demonstrated by supervisory, planning, and problem-solving experience; in-depth knowledge of research tools in the sciences and the work habits of scientists; experience in introducing new technologies to library users; demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others and to foster teamwork; effective oral and written communication skills. Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

Preferred: Undergraduate or graduate degree in science or engineering. Knowledge of at least one foreign language.

Compensation and Benefits:
Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Twenty-four (24) vacation days a year, plus eleven (11) paid holidays. Annuity program (TIAA/CREF or Vanguard), group life insurance, health coverage insurance, disability insurance, and other benefits are available.

Nominations and Applications:
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications (cover letter, resume and the names, titles, addresses and phone numbers of three references) will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: http://www.princeton.edu/jobs

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.