Preservation Librarian

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Created: November 7, 2013



Appointment: Lecturer, Full-time, 12 month, term, Non-Tenure-Track

Available: January 1, 2014

Environment: Library Affairs provides comprehensive library services to the Southern Illinois University Carbondale population of 18,500 students in beautiful Southern Illinois. Morris Library, the primary facility, was completely renovated and reopened in 2009. The building currently features over 200 computers, laptops to borrow, 14 study rooms, and two computer classrooms. Two additional floors that will feature highly flexible, technology-rich, collaborative spaces are under construction and will open in 2014. The building houses nearly three million volumes, three and a half million microforms, and 43,000 currently-received periodicals and serials, as well as strong collections of online databases, maps, films, DVDs, and sound recordings. Morris Library is a selective U.S. Federal Depository Library and an  Illinois State Depository Library. As the center for academic support services on campus, Morris Library hosts SalukiTech (technology and computer support), the University Honors Program, the Writing Center, Learning Support Services, Testing Lab, Math Lab, and Center for Teaching Excellence. Morris Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and Greater Western Library Alliance. Librarians at SIU Carbondale are faculty and are covered by collective bargaining.

Responsibilities: Under the general direction of the Associate Dean for Support Services and responsive to input from the Dean of Library Affairs, the Preservation Librarian is responsible for the administration of the Library Affairs’ preservation program. The Preservation Librarian’s responsibilities include: Collaborates with librarians and staff in Information Services, Special Collections Research Center, Cataloging, and Acquisitions on the planning, development, implementation, maintenance, and management of comprehensive physical and digital preservation and conservation programs for general and special collections in all formats. Develops preservation policies and practices for the Library, including standards for care and handling of collections. Works closely with representatives from all areas of the Library to determine preservation needs and priorities and to coordinate projects. Evaluates library collections for preservation and reformatting. Studies and recommends appropriate applications of digital technologies for preservation. Collaborates with information resources’ staff in processing materials for the collections. Monitors environmental conditions in all library facilities, makes recommendations for improving conditions, and coordinates remedial actions, when necessary. Oversees the Conservation Lab. Establishes short- and long-term goals for the unit. Supervises Civil Service staff and student assistants. Maintains the Library’s disaster plan and coordinates emergency response strategies for the Library. Participates in the Library’s scholarly communication initiatives, including the population of the Institutional Repository, OpenSIUC. Serves as subject specialist and liaison to an academic department in an area of expertise. Develops in-house educational and training programs in preservation and emergency response. Develops and/or teaches credit and/or non-credit courses in preservation and related areas. Serves on appropriate Library committees and represents the Library on matters concerning cooperative preservation programs. Responds to inquiries from the Library, University, and southern Illinois community on preservation and conservation issues. Works on special projects and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
• American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master's degree (or equivalent).
• Specialized training in preservation.
• Professional experience, including archival activities, in an academic/research library, museum, or archival center.
• Demonstrated supervisory experience, including the ability to plan, organize, and coordinate workflows.
• Ability to work effectively with a culturally-diverse population.
• Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following:
o Book and paper preservation and conservation;
o Preservation of non-print materials, including audio, image, and video through electronic formatting;
o Reformatting of print and manuscript materials into digital form; or
o Preservation of electronic materials, including born-digital and reformatted to digital forms.
• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Excellent organizational and management skills with a strong customer service orientation.
• Teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Additional advanced degree in a relevant field.
• Certification or training with emphasis on preservation methods.
• Knowledge of preservation of 3-D objects.

Salary: Competitive, $40,000-$52,000

Deadline for Application: November 25, 2013 or until filled

Application: Submit a letter of application stating qualifications and background for this position, a resume, and names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. References may be contacted by Morris Library and asked to comment on your experience and qualifications for this position. All materials should be addressed to:
Teri Stobbs Ricci, Personnel Coordinator
Library Affairs, Mail Code 6632
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
605 Agriculture Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
Telephone: 618-453-1458

SIU Carbondale is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a dive

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