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Princeton University Library: Senior Bibliographic Specialist (Chinese language)

Position Summary: Princeton University Library seeks a Senior Bibliographic Specialist to join its Cataloging and Metadata Services team (CaMS). CaMS is a multidisciplinary group of talented individuals working collaboratively to support the research of the Princeton University community. This includes providing efficient, thorough, and accurate access to the Library’s holdings in many formats and languages.

Princeton University Library is one of the world’s leading research libraries, supporting 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, 85 thousand 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 staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities.

Full job description and application 


Primary duties include receiving Chinese-language materials in the ILS system, as well as overviewing and processing of shelf-ready monographs received by Chinese vendors. Copy cataloging of member copies, and copy cataloging and maintenance of continuing resources are also included.

Additionally, the incumbent works on original cataloging of variant editions independently. As time permits, the incumbent undertakes other acquisitions and cataloging processing tasks for which the language expertise of Chinese is necessary. This position requires an abundance of flexibility to assist colleagues in the East Asian Languages Team.


Required qualifications:

  • Fluent reading knowledge and comprehension of Chinese.
  • Experience working with cataloging and acquisitions on a library services platform such as Alma, in addition to working in OCLC (via OCLC Connexion and/or WorldShare).
  • Working knowledge of the MARC format and bibliographic standards.
  • Minimum two years of academic library working experience.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English with a variety of library staff in written and oral form, to be organized and detail-oriented, to work effectively in a team-based mode, anticipate workflow changes and adjust priorities accordingly.
  • Facility with Internet searching.
  • Ability to move boxes of books (up to 30 pounds) from book trucks to shelves (and the reverse).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a major in a related field (e.g. Chinese Studies).
  • Experience working and cataloging in an academic library or other cultural heritage institution.

Princeton University Library is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce and advancing the University’s commitment to racial equity within our community and in the world. We encourage candidates from all diverse backgrounds and life experiences to apply for our positions. To find out more about PUL’s work towards greater inclusivity, equity, and diversity, please see PUL’s “About” page.