Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Project Cataloger: East Asian Collections, Cotsen Children’s Library Princeton University Library (Princeton, NJ)

Requisition #0110325

One-year term position.

The Princeton University Library comprises a large central library and nine 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

Description: The Cotsen Children’s Library is a unit of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. It houses an important historical collection of illustrated children's books and related items. The primary responsibility of the Project Cataloger will be to assess and improve the cataloging of Chinese-language monographs and serials in Cotsen's East Asian collections. Specific tasks include: identifying duplicates and resolving holdings problems; revising descriptive cataloging to meet current standards; resolving heading conflicts and creating NACO name authority records for authors and illustrators; analyzing and correcting romanization variants. In addition to cataloging duties the Project Cataloger will provide reference for the Chinese collections and prepare a small exhibition for an East Asian Studies conference. As this is a limited-duration project, the Project Cataloger must be able to meet both quantitative and qualitative production goals. This is a challenging position for a professional who seeks to apply advanced skills in a unique environment. The Project Cataloger will work closely with both the curator of the Cotsen Children’s Library and the Department’s head of technical services.

MLS from an ALA accredited library school. Familiarity with relevant cataloging tools and standards including AACR2r, LCRIs, LCSH, MARC, OCLC, and bibliographic reference sources. Ability to synthesize information from different sources and reach sound bibliographic decisions. Excellent communication skills and ability to work independently as well as collaboratively. Strong reading knowledge of Chinese and ability to apply ALA-LC romanization tables.
Preferred: Cataloging experience with the Voyager integrated library system. Experience in cataloging and physical management of rare books. Knowledge of authority work, including participation in NACO. Bibliographic familiarity with an additional major East Asian language. Knowledge of children’s literature.

Term and Appointment: This is a one-year term position. The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate professional specialist rank for the term.

Compensation and Benefits:
Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Generous vacation and benefits package. Health care insurance, disability insurance, and other benefits are available.

Nominations and Applications:
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://jobs.princeton.edu. The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Associate Professional Specialist rank depending upon qualifications and experience.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

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