The Special Collections Assistant V is a member of the Princeton University Library team which supports all Collection Development Department activities including collection development, collection management and the provision of specialized assistance for those using Princeton’s collections. The scope of work includes: searching, identification and management of bibliographic acquisitions and catalog records and other library and vendor records; participation in gifts processing and pre-order processing workflows; gathering and organizing data, generating lists, and making decisions to support ReCAP transfer; deduping and collection assessment projects and replacement decision-making for brittle, damaged and missing books; maintenance of specific graduate study rooms; and general operational support for subject selectors and curators.
The individual in this role works closely with and is supervised by the Assistant to the Assistant University Librarian for Collection Development and also may be assigned work by professional staff in the Department as needed. The Special Collections Assistant occasionally provides general collection development support for professional staff in the Reference Services Department, and provides specialized assistance as needed to other library departments requiring Near Eastern Studies subject knowledge and language skills.
Works closely with and provides specialized support for the Near Eastern Studies Librarian including assistance with acquisitions management; collection maintenance for the Near Eastern periodicals collection and the Near Eastern Graduate Study Room, and specialized assistance for users of those collections; and processing and cataloging Near Eastern ephemeral material (pamphlets, fliers, bulletins, posters, and other non-traditional formats). Processing may involve physical handling and/or creating or editing of metadata for individual digitized items and collections.
Responsible for hiring, training and supervising student assistants to support these activities as needed.
The incumbent addresses and independently resolves complex problems and assists the Near Eastern Studies Librarian in establishing goals, policies and procedures.
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