The Princeton Theological Seminary Library seeks applications and nominations for the position of Head of Special Collections and Archives. Reporting to the Managing Director of the Library, the Head of Special Collections and Archives provides leadership and vision for collections, services and programs, including collection development and acquisition, appraisal, processing, reformatting, preservation, reference, instruction, outreach, exhibits, programs, staff supervision, budget planning, workflows, and patron access. The Head will have opportunities participate in teaching and reference to support seminary curricular needs and to promote the collection through outreach and programming. As part of the Library’s Action Plan, the Head will develop solutions to address the challenges and opportunities facing Special Collections, including the analysis, recommendation and implementation of digital tools for collection inventory, management, preservation, access as well as assessment and use.
The Seminary’s Special Collections and Archives (SCA) holds and is responsible for rare books, manuscripts, archives, cuneiform tablets, papyri, scrolls, art, artifacts, and digital archival collections. SCA maintains research collections that document significant theological traditions of the Presbyterian and Reformed churches in the United States, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Korea. Areas of strength include Syriac manuscripts, first editions of theological works of the 16th and 17th centuries, British and American Puritan literature, hymnals of the 18th through the early 20th centuries, and the pamphlet as a printed form of religious communication, instruction, and controversy particular to the literary pattern of the 17th through the 19th centuries. SCA contains one of the premier collections of Christian hymnody in North America.
Shaped by two centuries of development, Princeton Theological Seminary Library embraces its role at the intersection of the theological record and the global community of scholars; continues Princeton Seminary’s commitment to build research collections of depth; and promotes an environment of broad access to the theological heritage.
Princeton Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume and the names of three professional references to: firstname.lastname@example.org
An ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library or information science, with a concentration in special collections and archives; or an equivalent level of education and experience. An additional advanced degree in a relevant subject field preferred. Archival certification preferred.
Significant experience of at least 5 years in a special collections and archives environment, with evidence of increasing responsibility and successful personnel supervision.
Evidence of broad and current knowledge of best practices in special collections and archives.
Ability to use the languages frequently employed in theological scholarship, especially Latin and German.
Proven track record of engaging students, faculty and the community through special collections/archives outreach, exhibits, programming and instruction.
The ability to articulate the value of special collections and archives to learning, research, teaching, and community engagement.
Experience with tools for collection management, preservation, and access (for example, ArchivesSpace, Aeon, CAIASOFT, or other similar tools).
Skill in developing policies, designing workflows and creating documentation. Facility to learn and adapt new tools and practices to increase departmental and program efficiencies.
Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work creatively and effectively both individually and collaboratively. Ability to thrive in a changing work environment and demonstrated commitment to professional development.
Experience with the development of digital collections from analog source materials to enhance access.
Experience acquiring and managing born digital and hybrid digital/analog collections preferred.
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