[Access-ip] Position Announcement - Princeton University
Trevor A. Dawes
tdawes at Princeton.EDU
Tue Feb 16 15:45:59 CST 2010
Head Librarian, Science and Technology Libraries
Princeton University Library
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.
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 Harry
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:
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with
applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.
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