[Msa-discuss] Position Opening: Blue Mountain Project Manager

Cliff Wulfman cwulfman at gmail.com
Wed May 23 10:13:59 EDT 2012

(Apologies for cross-posting.)

               Position: Blue Mountain Project Manager

 Requisition Number: 1200276 
 Job Title:  Project Manager
 Department: Library - 690
 Contact: Clifford Wulfman (cwulfman at Princeton.EDU)
 Link: [https://jobs.princeton.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=188088]

Position Summary 
  The Princeton University Library comprises a large central library
  and nine specialized libraries that are heavily used by an academic
  community of 6,400 students, 1,100 faculty members, and many
  visiting scholars. To support the diverse needs of its users, the
  Library holds some seven million 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, modern 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. Please consult the Library Web site at
  [http://library.princeton.edu/] for more information.

  With funding from a grant from the National Endowment for the
  Humanities, Princeton University Library seeks to hire a Project
  Manager/Research Bibliographer for the Blue Mountain Project: a
  long-term project to create a freely available, trusted digital
  repository of journals of the arts
  ([http://diglib.princeton.edu/bluemountain/]). Reporting to the
  Principal Investigator, this person will have the following

  - Day-to-day management of the project. The Project Manager will be
    responsible for managing the full arc of the digitization process:
    coordinating the activities of library staff (librarians,
    conservators, photographers) and vendors; ensuring the timely,
    complete, and secure handling of materials; overseeing student
    workers and quality-control work flows.

  - Problem solving and issue resolution. The Project Manager will be in
    constant dialogue with the digitization vendor to answer complex
    questions relating to the intricate processes of magazine
    digitization: resolving questions about ambiguous layout; consulting
    original sources to verify missing or obscured pages; providing
    advice on matters pertaining to the encoding of names, titles, and
    other text in a variety of European languages.

  - Bibliographic research. In addition to project management, this
    person will be responsible for doing research related to the
    publication history of the journals being digitized; he or she will
    identify lacunae in Princeton's holdings and work with other library
    staff to fill them, negotiating with other institutions for
    permission and access.

  - Outreach and conference organization. Will assist the PI in
    communicating with faculty and librarians, both intra- and
    extra-mural, and in general with promulgation of the Blue Mountain
    Project; will take a leading role in organizing an academic
    conference in year two of the grant cycle.

  - Project Planning. Will assist the PI and the Blue Mountain Board of
    Advisors in the furtherance of the Blue Mountain Project.

Term and Appointment: 
  The successful candidate will be appointed to an Associate
  Professional Specialist rank depending upon qualifications and
  experience for an initial term of two years, with the option for

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 or Vanguard),
  group life insurance, health coverage insurance, disability
  insurance, and other benefits are available.

Nominations and Applications: 
  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue
  until the position is filled. Nominations and applications (cover
  letter, resume and the names, titles, addresses and phone numbers of
  three references) will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton
  website: [http://www.princeton.edu/jobs].

Essential Qualifications 
 - Advanced degree in a humanities discipline relevant to the project;
 - Experience creating digital repositories, digital publications, or
   digital teaching objects;
 - Knowledge of descriptive bibliography or library cataloging standards; 
 - Knowledge of METS and MODS.  

Preferred Qualifications 
 - Knowledge of English and working knowledge of two of the following
   European languages: Russian, Czech, German, French, Italian;
 - Prior project-management experience; 
 - Ability to manage deadlines and complex work flows; 
 - Ability to work independently and collaboratively; 
 - Excellent interpersonal skills; 
 - Expertise in the history of avant-garde visual, performing, or
   literary art of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries;
 - Experience working with library special collections, archival
   materials, or museum collections;
 - Facility with XML technologies (schemas, XSLT, XQuery, XML databases).  

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