Byzantine Numismatic Cataloguer and Linked-Open-Data Coordinator

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The Numismatic Collection of Firestone Library Collections, Princeton University, seeks a specialist to provide detailed description of over five thousand coins of the Byzantine Empire from the newly acquired Donald and Theodotou Collections. The work includes examination of coins, comparison with published descriptions, data entry in a specialized database, and digital photography. Sorting coins into trays and labelling them are included. If time permits, additional related duties may be assigned, including limited supervision of student cataloguers. The position reports to the Curator of Numismatics. The person hired will also be involved in the establishment of a federated database to catalogue and digitize Byzantine coin holdings in various collections worldwide. The position is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second-year dependent on availability and performance of position holder and availability of funds

Major Responsibilities

  • Catalogue the newly acquired Peter J. Donald and Chris Theodotou collections of Byzantine Coins into the Library’s online digital database
  • Catalogue other uncatalogued Byzantine coins of the Firestone Library’s numismatic collection, the Princeton University Art Museum, and the Antioch Excavation Collection into the Library’s online database and integrate all coins on trays with proper identifying labels
  • Work with representatives of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Center and to establish and implement a linked-open data platform for Byzantine coins
  • Research and establish unique issue identifiers for Byzantine coins for the period 1204-1453

Dr. Alan Stahl (Curator of Numismatics) and Donald Thornbury (Head, Technical Services for Special Collections) will mentor and supervise the cataloguer in their daily work, and will hold a joint bi-weekly meeting in which he or she will report on their advancement.

Essential Qualifications

Advanced degree in History, Classics, Art History or related field, with significant work on Byzantium or the medieval Mediterranean.

Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and productively with scholarly resources and to meet production goals.

Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with curatorial and technical staff.

Must comply with RBSC security procedures.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with numismatic description
  • Experience with management of structured descriptive data for library resources and for digital databases
  • Experience with digital photography and Adobe PhotoShop

Princeton is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their service to the Library, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Applications received after 15th December 2021 will not be guaranteed full review.

The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending upon qualifications and experience. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Applications will be accepted only from the AHire website and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information.

For further information, visit the website of Princeton University.