Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Associate University Librarian for Research & Instructional Services

Princeton University invites nominations and applications for its Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services. Reporting to the University Librarian, the AUL for Research and Instructional Services has overall responsibility for ensuring that the library’s research and instructional services are well matched to the university’s approach to teaching and learning. On a campus where all students are expected to conduct serious independent research and where faculty reliance on the library is high, s/he leads reference services, an increasing number of library research, instruction, and outreach programs, document delivery/interlibrary loan operations, and a large microform unit. As a member of the library’s senior management group, s/he collaborates on library-wide planning initiatives, program development, and resource allocations. The AUL for Research and Instructional Services has direct oversight of the library’s General and Humanities Reference Division; the Social Science Reference Center, including its Data and Statistical Services unit; and the Interlibrary Services and Document Delivery operations. These units are currently staffed by 14 librarians, 3 administrators, and 20 support staff. S/he represents the Princeton University Library in regional and national public services arenas.

The Princeton University Library system comprises a large central library and 15 specialized libraries that are heavily used by an academic community including 6,800 students and 850 faculty members. To support the diverse needs of its users, the Library holds some 6,500,000 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, nineteenth-century 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. This year, Princeton became the 12th library to join the Google Library Project, committing to digitize approximately one million public domain books from its rich collections and make them available to the public. For more information about the Princeton University Library, please consult the Library Web site at

Required qualifications include an MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution, or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience (a graduate degree in a field relevant to Princeton’s academic programs strongly preferred); evidence of progressively responsible experience in an academic or research library; teaching experience in an academic or research library; and demonstrated commitment to reference, research, teaching, and public service. Candidates should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a demonstrated ability to take advantage of technology in offering service programs and to build strong ties to the faculty, experience working in a team-based environment and providing effective leadership for a diverse staff, and the capacity to thrive in a changing environment and to foster that capacity in others.

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 Application: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications (resume and the names, titles, addresses and phone numbers of three references) should be sent to: Alan Wichlei and Beverly Brady, Isaacson, Miller, 334 Boylston Street, Suite 500, Boston, MA 02116, Email: Electronic submission of material is strongly encouraged.


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