Preservation Archivist

New York City
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Created: February 14, 2013


The Preservation Archivist will administer and manage a preservation program for the NYU Libraries' paper-based archives and special collections held in the Fales Library, Tamiment Library, Wagner Labor Archives, and the University Archives, as well as archives held in the Libraries' departmental libraries. Will work with curators to identify preservation priorities and makes decisions regarding appropriate preservation treatments for the collections. Design and execute preservation assessments and surveys of archival collections. Will collaborate as needed with NYU's Digital Library Technology Services for preservation of paper, media and digital collections.

Qualifications/Required Education:
MLS or MA in history or related subject area with a certificate in archival management. Graduate coursework in preservation and/or conservation. 

Required Experience:

Demonstrated professional accomplishments and a minimum of two years professional working experience in archives and special collections. Experience must include a minimum of two years' supervising staff. Must have experience in developing, designing and carrying out condition surveys and assessments, experience in preservation and collections care techniques, as well as demonstrated skills in basic conservation treatments, such as simple document repair, humidification and flattening , and mold remediation and constructing custom made enclosures. 

Preferred Experience: 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: (include unique competencies, certification, licenses, etc.): Knowledge of current preservation strategies and standards for the care, handling and storage of special collections is required. Deep understanding of archival theory and management and familiarity with conservation ethics and methodology is required. Knowledge of current developments within the archives, special collections, preservation and conservation professions is expected. Ability to work independently and collegially with a wide range of staff and in team environments. Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills and show a commitment to professional issues demonstrated through strong interest in local or national committee work, research, or publication. Present strong project management, analytical skills and problem solving abilities; knowledge of and experience with MARC/EAD and DACS. 
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: (include unique competencies, certification, licenses, etc.): Preferred candidates will also have enhanced computer skills and will be familiar with XML, MODS, METS, and the Archivists' Toolkit and be proficient in web-based technology. 

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