Job Posting: Librarian (Architecture Library), Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Princeton University Library invites nominations and applications for the position of Librarian, Architecture Library. The successful candidate will be responsible for directing the Architecture  Library located in the School of Architecture, and supervising its three collections assistants and a dozen student workers. The School of Architecture Library is one of nine specialized libraries on campus, and the successful candidate will join a community of approximately 120 professional librarians, many professional specialists and administrative staff, and 200 support staff. The Architecture Library has a growing collection of some 33,000 monographs and videos, maintains subscriptions to more than 350 domestic and foreign periodicals, and provides access to an extensive collection of electronic resources. The Librarian will also develop the Architecture Library’s growing special collection which includes unique, contemporary material as well as rare architecture and design materials from the 19th century on.

The Library serves the students, faculty, and visiting researchers associated with undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs in architectural design, history and theory. The library also serves as a significant visual and  information resource for the creative work of the School’s design students at undergraduate and professional Master’s degree levels. Architecture at Princeton is taught in a broad cultural context with a focus on the 20th and 21st centuries and past and current avant-garde movements. The curriculum that takes advantage of intersections between studio work and a rich culture of research and intellectual speculation.

The Librarian oversees all aspects of the Architecture Library, including collection development and preservation; reference and research consultation; user education; course reserves; and strategic planning. The Librarian works closely with humanities and area studies librarians to develop collections in architecture, urbanism, landscape and media. Collaborating with other Princeton University Library staff, the Librarian contributes to campus-wide library projects and initiatives. This librarian represents Princeton in the relevant regional, national, and international professional and scholarly organizations. The position reports to the Deputy University Librarian.

Qualifications Required
An ALA-accredited masters of Library Science or equivalent combination of education and professional library experience; ability to provide leadership and direction in a research library, as demonstrated by supervisory, planning, and problem-solving experience; in-depth knowledge of architecture literature and reference sources; demonstrated understanding of current developments in information and architecture librarianship; demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others and to foster teamwork; effective oral and written communication skills; knowledge of at least one modern European language, preferably German, French, or Italian.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in architecture, architectural history or a related field; experience with an art or architectural studio program; background in the humanities
  • Experience in managing a branch library or library departmental operations
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience supervising library support staff
  • Experience with developing print and digital collections and managing an acquisitions budget
  • Demonstrated success reaching out to and working collaboratively with all levels of users and staff, across all functions of the library system

Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: http://www.princeton.edu/jobs and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

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