The Manuscripts Division, a unit of Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, is announcing the Robert H. Taylor Archival Fellowship for the summer of 2012. This fellowship provides up to twelve weeks of work experience for a graduate student or recent graduate interested in pursuing an archival career. The fellow undertakes an arrangement and description project and works on other library projects that typically involve metadata and other aspects of the work of a manuscripts library.
The 2012 Fellow will spend time processing one or several collections from the library's literary manuscripts collections. The Fellow will process a collection, including arrangement and preparing DACS-compliant description using Archivists' Toolkit and oXygen, and be involved in reference and other public services activities. In addition, the fellow may participate in other activities including preservation, digitization or additional metadata creation.
The Manuscripts Division holds an estimated 8,500 linear feet of materials covering five thousand years of recorded history and all parts of the world, with special strengths in Western Europe, the Near East, the United States, and Latin America. More than 5,000 visitors use the manuscripts collections in the reading room at Firestone Library each year. An efficient processing program and interdepartmental guidelines for description and arrangement have ensured that the manuscripts divisions' collections are ever more accessible.
The ten- to twelve-week fellowship program, which may be started as early as May, provides a stipend of $550 per week. In addition, the registration fee to the Society of American Archivists' annual meeting in August and up to two hotel nights at the conference rate will be reimbursed.
Requirements: Successful completion of at least twelve graduate semester hours (or the equivalent) applied towards an advanced degree in museum studies or archival, library or information management; demonstrated interest in the archival profession; and good organizational and communication skills. Must be able to lift a 30-pound box. At least twelve undergraduate semester hours or equivalent in modern (17th-21st cent.) British or American literature is preferred.
The Library highly encourages applicants from under-represented communities to apply.
To apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of two references to:
Regine Heberlein, Processing Archivist
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Applications must be received by March 16, 2011. The successful candidate will be notified in early April.
Please note: University housing will not be available to the successful candidate. Interested applicants should consider their housing options carefully and may wish to consult the online campus bulletin board
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