Assistant Librarian, Marquand Library of Art & Archaeology, Princeton

Assistant Librarian, Marquand Library of Art & Archaeology
Princeton University Library
Princeton, New Jersey
Requisition # 0700037

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 6 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, and 2 million nonprint items. The holdings in its central library and 15 specialized 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 Web site:


Description: Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology is one of the oldest art libraries in America, and it has an international reputation as one of the finest art libraries in the world. The collection contains over 300,000 volumes, 700 journals, plus microforms, electronic databases, sales catalogs, and rare materials covering the history of art and architecture; classical, medieval, Islamic, Far Eastern and pre-Columbian archaeology; and artistic photography. The staff includes two librarians, seven support staff, two part-time bibliographers, and many student assistants. In 2003, Marquand library reopened in fully renovated space in McCormick Hall, adjacent to the Art & Archaeology Department, the University Art Museum, and the Index of Christian Art. The library serves faculty and students from all academic departments on campus as well as many visiting scholars from the U.S. and abroad.

Duties and Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the Assistant Librarian include providing reference services; developing and presenting instruction sessions for undergraduate and graduate students; participating as part of a collection development team to select and weed materials; supervising the serials operation; and providing administrative assistance to the Librarian. The Assistant Librarian will focus on developing new models of reference and instruction services including web-based options. The Assistant Librarian is also expected to participate in Library-wide task forces and committees, as well as appropriate national art library related associations.

Qualifications: Requires an ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library science or equivalent combination of education and professional experience, plus a background in the humanities, preferably art or architecture, and a minimum of two years successful professional experience in an academic research library or arts organization. Candidates should be enthusiastic, energetic, creative, and interested in working in a team-based environment. Superior communication skills — both oral and written — are required. Must have a proficiency in at least two European languages, preferably German and Italian. Evidence of ability to create and maintain state-of-the-art web pages is essential. Candidates must demonstrate mastery of the bibliographic tools, including electronic resources, available for the use of researchers in the humanities. A record of demonstrated experience with technology, scanning, and digital projects is highly desirable, as is knowledge of the current and antiquarian book trade worldwide. Preference will be given to candidates with successful public service and bibliographic instruction experience.

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:


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