Head Librarian, Science Library and Director of Scholarly Communications – Princeton University Library – Princeton, NJ

Head Librarian, Science Library and Director of Scholarly Communications
Princeton University Library
Princeton, NJ
Requisition #1500696

The Princeton University Library is one of the world’s leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,700 graduate students, 1,200 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, and images. The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities. More information: http://library.princeton.edu/


Princeton University Library invites nominations and applications for the position of Head Librarian, Science Library and Director of Scholarly Communications. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall direction of the Lewis Science Library, the Furth Plasma Physics Library, and the Scholarly Communications Office. The Science Library grouping, staffed by 8 librarians, 10 members of the support staff, and student assistants, share a collections budget of more than $5,000,000. The Scholarly Communications Office, located in the Lewis Library and staffed by 1 librarian, collaborates with the Office of Information Technology to support the entire campus through management of the Princeton Open Access Repository and services for research data management and scholarly communications. Depending on candidate’s qualifications, some science subject liaison work may also be part of the Head’s responsibility.

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, Physics, and Psychology; it is also the home of the University Library’s Map and Geospatial Information Center. The Furth Plasma Physics Library is housed at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and located a short distance from the main campus.

As the Head Librarian, the incumbent oversees all aspects of the science library’s activity by working with the staff to develop innovative services tailored to Princeton’s busy research community while also overseeing the traditional areas of user education, reference and research consultation, collection development, and facilities management. As Director, Scholarly Communications, the incumbent provides leadership and works collaboratively with other Princeton librarians, the University’s Office of Information Technology, the Office of the Dean for Research, and the Office of the General Counsel. The Head Librarian contributes to campus-wide library projects and represents Princeton in relevant regional, national, and international projects and forums.


Required: An ALA-accredited Master of Library Science degree or equivalent combination of education and professional library experience; at least 5 years relevant 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; experience with scholarly communications issues and open access repositories; 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; strong oral and written communication skills.
Preferred: Undergraduate or graduate degree in a science or engineering subject. Experience in implementing and supporting open access policies and/or repositories and/or research data management services.

The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending upon qualifications and experience.

Nominations and Applications
Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: http://www.princeton.edu/jobs and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.