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Requisition No: D-21-LIB-00006

Princeton University Library seeks a dynamic, service-oriented, collaborative library professional to lead the Donald E. Stokes Library for Public & International Affairs, which supports Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), its Office of Population Research (OPR) and 19 research centers. Stokes Library houses the Ansley J. Coale Population Research Collection and provides spaces for individual and group study, an electronic classroom, and print, microfilm, and digital resources. Staff assist with research in economics, politics, sociology, psychology and population studies. Librarians provide in-course instruction and research consultations, supporting methodologies in the social sciences through workshops, data analysis, and the Stokes Viz Hub, a physical facility and online service, assisting with qualitative research and visualization. Staff process a high volume of course-related material.

Providing direct instruction and research consultation, the Head of Stokes Library works closely with SPIA to provide outstanding teaching and research support for faculty and undergraduates. This position is responsible for collection development of public policy materials; oversight of day-to-day operations; supervision of three librarians and one administrative staff member with three direct reports; works closely with librarians in academic areas related to SPIA; collaborates with Library and University departments as needed; and represents Princeton in professional and scholarly organizations.




  • ALA accredited MLS/MLIS in library/information science or equivalent combination of advanced degrees in relevant disciplines and library/academic work experience.
  • Minimum 3 years full-time work in an academic/research library or within an academic research center.
  • Substantial coursework in the social sciences or equivalent experience in social science research support.
  • Demonstrated experience using and/or teaching current research methods in the social sciences including dataset manipulation, machine learning and/or qualitative coding.
  • Substantial familiarity with library resources in international affairs, public policy, politics, US and international government publications, economic policy, and/or social science data.
  • Demonstrated experience with leadership, management and/or strategic planning.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of colleagues and scholars.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work in an academic library.
  • Practical experience providing in-depth reference consultations, teaching in a social science context and/or providing library instruction.


Strongly Preferred:

  • 2 years of experience supervising librarians or equivalent professional staff in an academic setting.
  • 2 years of experience managing a branch library or library department.
  • 5 years full-time work in an academic/research library or within an academic research center.
  • Undergraduate/graduate degree in a relevant social science.
  • Ability to work effectively in a rapidly changing environment.

The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending upon qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website:  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/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW


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