EAD Conversion Project Manager
Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Princeton, New Jersey

One-year appointment

The Princeton University Library, one of the world's most respected research institutions, serves a diverse community of 6,600 students and 1,100 faculty members with more than 6 million  printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, and 2 million nonprint items.  The holdings in its central library and 15 specialized libraries range from ancient papyri and incunabula to the most advanced electronic databases and digital collections.  The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support personnel, complemented by a large student and hourly workforce.  More information can be found at the Library's Web site: http://libweb.princeton.edu

Description:  Reporting to the Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services the individual hired in this position will assist in managing a data conversion project to encode over 1000 archival finding aids in XML using the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) standard.  The Project Manager will work closely with the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections EAD working group, maintain and manage communications with outside vendors, and supervise the work of interns and students who will assist with creating content and other in-house conversion efforts.  In conjunction with the EAD working group, the Project Manager will develop project plans and schedules and will provide daily coordination of the project. The Project Manager will serve as the department's primary contact with the conversion vendor, including tracking, sending and receiving files, performing quality control and providing feedback on vendor work, and informing the committee on ongoing issues and problems.  Oversees in-house processes including working with departmental staff to restructure findings aids, reviewing and editing work created within the department to ensure that content of finding aids adheres to local and national guidelines, and the ingest of completed files.  When necessary performs data entry and encodes finding aids.  The Project Manager will track progress, schedule meetings, prepare agenda and reports, and ensure that project goals are met. 

Qualifications:  Required:  Masters degree in library science, archival studies or related area, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Knowledge of archival theory and practice and descriptive standards, including EAD and MARC.  Strong project management skills, and experience leading or coordinating small groups and team projects.  Strong technical skills, including standard office applications, as well knowledge of HTML, XML, or other encoding schemes. 

Preferred:   Supervisory experience.  Knowledge of a computer scripting language such as Perl.  Experience writing and maintaining XSL stylesheets.

Compensation and Benefits:  Salary based on experience and qualifications. Two (2) vacation days per month, designated paid holidays. Medical and other benefits available.

Nominations and Applications:  Review of applications will begin on April 28 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 as an MSWord attachment via e-mail to [log in to unmask] or by fax (609-258-0454). 

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Daniel Santamaria
Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Princeton University
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08544
Phone: 609-258-5161
Fax: 609-258-3385
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