Monday, August 16, 2010

Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Librarian, Princeton University Library

Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Librarian
Princeton University Library
Princeton, NJ
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The Princeton University Library, one of the world's most respected research institutions, serves a diverse community of 6,600 students and 1,100 faculty members with more than 7 million printed works, 5 million manuscripts, and 2 million nonprint items. The holdings in its central facility, 9 specialized libraries and two storage libraries, range from ancient papyri and incunabula to the most advanced electronic databases and digital collections. The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support personnel, complemented by a large student and hourly workforce. More information can be found at the Library's website:

Available: Immediately

Search Committee: (Princeton Access only)

The Princeton University Library seeks an energetic and creative subject specialist to build library collections and help shape library services in the interdisciplinary fields of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies. This Librarian works closely with the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies, and faculty and students from many other relevant departments and interdisciplinary programs. Reporting directly to the Associate University Librarian for Collection Development, the librarian is responsible for identifying and acquiring library materials covering a wide range of subjects, in all formats and from all parts of the world, in western languages and select languages of the region. The librarian also functions as the key Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies resource person in the Library system, with the necessary expertise to provide assistance to students and faculty in teaching, researching and studying any aspects of this interdisciplinary field.

This is one of many subject specialist professional positions devoted to developing and interpreting Princeton's collections. Responsibilities include: current and retrospective collection building in all formats; managing sizable acquisitions funds and associated approval plans; advising on preservation, digitization, and other aspects of collection maintenance, including selection of materials for offsite storage; overseeing collections in the Slavic Languages & Literatures Graduate Study Room in Firestone Library; and providing specialized research assistance to Princeton University faculty and students, researchers affiliated with neighboring institutions, and visiting scholars from the U.S. and abroad. The librarian also provides instruction in the use of print and electronic materials; creates resource guides and Web sites to assist Princeton researchers; serves as the Library’s key liaison to the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies and other constituencies working on this world area; consults with members of the Technical Services Department to facilitate timely acquisitions and processing of materials from and about Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia (including some in the languages of the region). This librarian represents Princeton in the relevant regional, national, and international professional and scholarly organizations, including the East Coast Consortium of Slavic Collections (ECCSC), the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), the Slavic and East European Microfilm Project (SEEMP), and others.

Required: an ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library science, plus an advanced degree in a discipline (literature, history, social science) of Slavic, E. European or Eurasian studies; or an equivalent combination of education and library experience. Proficiency in Russian. Candidates must demonstrate mastery of the bibliographic tools, including electronic resources, available for the use of researchers in this field, especially in literature, humanities and social sciences. Candidates should be knowledgeable about the Russian and East European book trades, current and antiquarian, current research and publishing trends in this field worldwide, and the changing technological environment in research libraries; they should also demonstrate an interest in developing innovative services for researchers. Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.

Preferred: Proficiency in another Slavic or East European language. Successful teaching experience, either in the classroom or in library instruction; familiarity with collaborative library projects such as the Center for Research Libraries, Global Resource Network, etc.; and knowledge of the strengths of other research collections, particularly in Slavic, Eurasian and East European studies.

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), 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:

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