Anne Jarvis, who has been university librarian at the University of Cambridge since 2009, will become the University librarian at Princeton effective Oct. 1.
"Anne Jarvis is one of the world's premier librarians," Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber said. "Her proven track record of exceptional service, technological innovation and responsive management at Cambridge makes her an ideal leader for Princeton's library system."
Princeton University Library, consisting of the Harvey S. Firestone Library and nine special libraries, is one of the world's most prestigious research libraries. It serves a diverse community of 8,000 students, 1,200 faculty members and many visiting scholars with collections of more than 8 million printed volumes, extensive digital holdings, and distinguished collections of rare books, prints and archives.
"I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to recruit Anne Jarvis to be the next University librarian," said Provost David Lee, to whom Jarvis will report. "Anne comes to us with a deep appreciation of the importance of an extraordinary and established collection to a community of world-class scholars and students. She has a reputation for creatively and energetically reaching out to library users, whether they are faculty or students, to understand the many ways the library can best serve their interests."
Jarvis will oversee a staff of more than 350 employees, complemented by a large student workforce.
"I am delighted to be joining such a wonderful university as its librarian," Jarvis said. "I look forward to working with the Princeton Library staff, and to building on the library's reputation of exemplary services and world-renowned collections."
Jarvis has a bachelor's degree from Trinity College Dublin, a diploma in library and information studies from University College Dublin, a master's degree in communication and cultural studies from Dublin City University and a master of arts from Cambridge.
Her library career began in special libraries and included posts in Ireland and the United Kingdom. She began working in academic libraries in 1992 and spent some years at Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin. In 2000 she was appointed deputy librarian at Cambridge. At Princeton, Jarvis will succeed Karin Trainer, who is retiring.
The University is in the midst of a 10-year comprehensive renovation of Firestone Library, scheduled for completion in September 2018. The renovation will create a building well-suited to support modern library services and contemporary approaches to scholarship while also providing the proper environment for one of the world's great book and manuscript collections.