The Special Collections Assistant II will be responsible for scanning special collections materials with high-resolution scanning equipment, editing the images, creating metadata, and entering this information into the library's digital repository. Collections management work includes paging and re-shelving special collections materials as well as collaborating with staff on the movement of collections. This position also has a front desk component which includes greeting patrons, assisting patrons with registering and requesting materials, handling basic reference questions, and reading room security.
The Special Collections Assistant II will work in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, a division of the Rare Books and Special Collections Department within the Princeton University Library. The individual in this position will report to the Assistant University Archivist for Public Services and work closely with colleagues in both Public and Technical Services.
Scanning archival materials on appropriate high-resolution equipment (overhead book scanner, flatbed, digital camera)
Manipulating images as needed (ex. cropping, rotating)
Performing quality control on images
Uploading images to the digital repository, entering item-specific metadata, and merging multiple files into PDFs
Working with circulation software to process and deliver orders to patrons
Proper handling of fragile and unique archival materials
Greeting patrons who enter the library and assisting them with registration
Answering basic questions
Monitoring the reading room
Managing the circulation of library materials
Answering the telephone
Performing light office duties as assigned
Paging and reshelving materials for patron use in the reading room
Working with staff to manage the movement of collections within the stacks and the transfer of materials off-site as needed
High School Diploma
Familiarity with scanning equipment (ex. overhead book scanner, flatbed scanner, digital camera)
Familiarity with digital editing
Ability to learn new software and computer equipment and troubleshoot minor issues
Ability to work effectively with researchers of various skill levels
Ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form, be detail-oriented, and work efficiently both independently and as part of a team
Ability to lift boxes (up to 35 pounds) from library carts to shelves (and the reverse).
This position requires frequent bending and reaching as well as occasional use of a ladder to retrieve collection materials.
Demonstrated experience with scanning equipment and digital editing
Library experience, especially with special collections
A cover letter and resume are required when applying for this position.
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Standard Weekly Hours
Eligible for Overtime
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