Job Opening: Curator for Documentary Arts, Duke University Libraries

Editor’s note: Full disclosure, Beth (PCAN co-editor) works at Duke. While this job is not a preservation-related position, it does work closely with the Conservation Services Department and the Exhibits Curator (who happens to be a professional conservator). Thus, I am posting it here so that we can reach a wide audience. Posting is edited for length, complete posting is available online.

Curator of the Archive of Documentary Arts, Duke University Libraries

The Curator provides dynamic and innovative leadership for the Archive of Documentary Arts (ADA), one of several specialized collecting areas within the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. S/he builds distinctive collections of photographs, moving images, audio recordings, and other formats through purchases and gifts; develops public programs and outreach activities for the ADA; participates in fundraising; and works with students, faculty and researchers to facilitate their use of the ADA’s holdings.
Responsibilities

In consultation with Duke faculty and the Head of Rubenstein Collection Development, develops and implements a collection policy to build collections related to documentary studies in all formats, including photography, moving images, audio recordings and text. Negotiates rights, access, and ownership agreements with photographers, filmmakers, and other creators. Develops, manages and monitors budgets assigned to the ADA. Is responsible for the physical receipt and intake of newly acquired materials.

Promotes ADA collections to the Duke community, to the Triangle community, and to a national audience. Partners with programs, departments and centers on campus to plan public programs that highlight ADA strengths and new acquisitions; including symposia, readings, lectures, film screenings, and performances.

With the DUL Exhibits Coordinator and the Director of the Rubenstein Library develops the exhibition schedule for the Rubenstein Library’s Photography Gallery. The Curator of the ADA personally plans, curates and promotes 1-2 exhibitions per year.

In conjunction with the Rubenstein Research Services Department provides advanced research consultation related to Duke’s documentary collections, including responding to reference questions and meeting with researchers one-on-one. Promotes use of subject-specific information resources and services in ways that meet user needs and expectations and utilizing current technologies and information tools. Collaborates with Duke faculty and with library instructors to integrate ADA collections into undergraduate and graduate courses.

 

Experience:

Required: Experience with and knowledge of documentary work in photography, film, or sound; familiarity with standard archival and library procedures demonstrated knowledge of and interest in the history of photography and of photographic processes; ability to relate effectively with users and donors of rare and unique materials; experience and skill in making public presentations; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; adaptive to working in a dynamic environment prone to change; record of successful project planning and management; ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a team; demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer services.

Preferred: Three or more years of professional archival/special collections/museum experience; prior professional archival/collection development experience working in special collections or in collection development; prior experience working in an academic research library; prior supervisory experience; knowledge of digital library environment; demonstrated leadership in establishing and implementing successful new programs; familiarity with web publishing technologies; experience with user and/or usability study methodologies; experience with assessment tools and methods; experience with developing digital collections; demonstrated success in grant writing and management.

For complete information and application instructions, see the Duke University Libraries website.

Job Opening: Michigan State University Libraries

Special Collections Conservator
Michigan State University Libraries

Position Summary

Reporting to the Head of Conservation and Preservation and working closely with staff in the Wallace Conservation Lab, Special Collections, and other library units, as well as with partners at other institutions, the Special Collections Conservator is responsible for the conservation treatment of rare and unique library materials in the Michigan State University Libraries. Duties will include:
  • Complex conservation treatments on rare books, maps and special collections materials from throughout the library including, but not limited to: re-sewing; leather and vellum rebinding and binding conservation; gold and blind tooling; conservation of paper and vellum, including aqueous and chemical treatment; and the creation of custom protective enclosures for a variety of rare and archival materials.
  • Assisting the Head of Conservation and Preservation in managing and planning the conservation program, including: establishing conservation priorities within the various special collections libraries; managing and planning treatment methods and procedures for a wide range of library materials; training conservation technicians, volunteers and student workers; condition assessments and the management of preventative care.
  • Preparation of rare and special collections materials for exhibition.
  • Consulting with other library staff on conservation and preservation issues and providing training for library staff in minor repairs for their collections.
  • Assist with disaster preparedness and recovery and serve as a member of the Disaster Recovery Committee.
Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in a continuing appointment system and are engaged in professional development, scholarly and creative activities related to their position. Additionally, librarians serve on library and university committees as elected or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in information or library science from a program accredited by the American Library Association. Knowledge of current conservation principles, practices, and procedures as evidenced by a graduate degree in conservation, or the completion of a conservation apprenticeship with an established conservator, or a verifiable certification of advanced training and education. Excellent oral and written communication skills; outstanding interpersonal communication skills including the ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment; exceptional commitment to customer service; ability to work enthusiastically and effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff; ability to work collaboratively and independently; ability to prioritize and balance various unit needs; attention to detail; preparation and commitment to conducting independent scholarly and creative activities consistent with a library faculty appointment; capacity and commitment to engage independently in continuing professional development.
A portfolio of work will be required at the interview.

Desired Qualifications

Experience in a conservation program for rare materials and special collections; experience in treatment decision-making; advanced knowledge of hand bookbinding techniques and principles; working knowledge of chemistry as it applies to conservation treatments.

Closing Date: 5pm, Thursday, April 24, 2014

Special Instructions to Applicants
Minimum $50,000; MSU provides generous fringe benefits.
Interested applicants should provide a letter of application, resume and names, addresses and email addresses of three references. Posting number 9201. To apply visit the MSU Applicant Page website at <https://jobs.msu.edu>.  For questions, please contact Jacquelyn Hanson <aholajac@mail.lib.msu.edu> at MSU Libraries’ Human Resources Department.

Job Opening: CCAHA (Philadelphia)

From the PADG listserv 3/11/2014, edited for length.

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) seeks a chief executive officer to lead CCAHA and provide for its continued growth and success through the management of all operations, maintaining the highest levels of productivity, integrity, and quality.

The Executive Director for CCAHA leads in the development, implementation, and oversight of CCAHA’s vision and mission.  Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the successful candidate will have a passion for conservation, an entrepreneurial spirit, excellent communication skills, and the ability to inspire loyalty, trust, and respect in his/her colleagues and professional associates.

Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree and at least seven years of increasing responsibility in managing a department or division within a nonprofit cultural institution. The experience must include the supervision of staff, financial management, successful fundraising, grants management, and strategic planning.

Candidates should send a letter of interest discussing their qualifications, a resume, and the names, addresses, and contact information for three references to:

Search@CCAHA.org

Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
264 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Application Deadline is April 15, 2014.  For more information, visit CCAHA’s website at www.ccaha.org.

Workshop: Photo Conservation for Book and Paper Conservators

From PADG, a post by Gawain Weaver that we wanted to pass along.

Photograph Conservation for Book and Paper Conservators

http://gawainweaver.com/dukeconservationworkshop/

October 14-17, 2014
Duke University Libraries
Durham, NC

Instructors: Gawain Weaver and Jennifer Olsen

Course Description

Libraries and archives collect more than books and manuscripts. Textiles, digital files and audio-visual materials are common in collections. Photographs are probably the most-represented media after paper-based objects, but their value is usually to the collection as a whole not as individual artist’s prints. Conservators working in libraries and archives are charged with their care, but often feel they don’t have the knowledge and skills to address basic conservation issues at the collection level. In this class, conservators will learn basic cleaning, stabilization, and repair techniques for 19th and 20th century photographic prints and negatives. While the focus will be on practical treatment skills, there will also be basic instruction about the history and composition of photographs, and housing and exhibit strategies.
Basic process identification will not be covered in depth. Though it is not a prerequisite, a Care and Identification of Photographs workshop is taught several times a year in the U.S. and internationally and provides a solid foundation for this more advanced course.

Format

4-day workshop, mix of lecture and hands-on instruction, 4-day schedule available on request

Who Should Attend

This class is taught at an intermediate to advanced level. Participants should have experience in book or paper conservation in evaluating condition, making treatment decisions, and performing intermediate to advanced level conservation treatments.

What’s Included

4-days of instruction, color workshop notebook, a variety of damaged photographic materials for workshop treatment and take home, 60x handheld microscope. Participants should bring their own tools though some will be provided.

How To Apply

Application deadline July 1st, responses sent by July 15th.

Send CV and a brief letter explaining your reasons for attending the workshop to workshops@gawainweaver.com. Mid-career experience level in book or paper conservation strongly preferred. Applications accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis after the deadline if there is still space in the workshop. Workshop registration and materials fee of US$1500.00 payable upon acceptance.

Gawain Weaver
Photograph Conservator
San Francisco Bay Area
tel 415.446.9138

http://gawainweaver.com/

We ran this workshop last year for the first time at the Huntington Library. It went very well and we got a lot of positive feedback from participants. We’re running it again this year at Duke University with only minor modifications based on last year’s experience. Although it may run again in the future in the US there are no plans to do so at this time.

best,
Gawain

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Job Opening: Columbia University

eJournal Preservation Librarian
Temporary Appointment
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

The Columbia University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of eJournal Preservation Librarian. This is a temporary grant-funded position ending on or about April 30, 2015 (with the possibility of extension) created to review titles within the 2CUL holdings that do not have adequate preservation plans. The goal of the position is to expand the number and extent of e-journal preservation coverage by supplying tested preservation strategies to selected categories of selected e-journals. Reporting to the Director of the Continuing & Electronic Resources Management division (CERM), the incumbent will be responsible for:

Working with preservation agencies such as CLOCKSS, LOCKSS, and Portico and with the producers and distributors of eJournals (including publishers, aggregators, professional societies, and academic departments) to secure preservation agreements for selected titles held by Columbia University Libraries and Cornell University Libraries.

Providing a detailed analysis of the full set of un-preserved e-journals held by Columbia and Cornell, characterizing the different types of content, methods of publication and dissemination, and providing an initial assessment of importance for preservation.

Reviewing license agreements and terms, requiring knowledge of Electronic Resource licensing terms and contract/license language for copyright, fair use, and perpetual access with vendors; Examining archiving provisions (or lack thereof) in Columbia’s and Cornell’s current e-journal licenses and proposing additional or modified language drawn from model license terms appropriate to each type of publication.

Working to streamline the workflow for the preservation of electronic resources, specifically eJournals; Working towards appropriate solutions in an ever-changing situation; Developing appropriate methods of analysis for problem solving; Ensuring documentation of current procedures; Developing and using statistical and other management reports.

Serving on the project advisory team and providing overall project planning and coordination.

Assisting in preparing issue briefs and white papers based on experience and findings of the project to encourage community discussion of issues relating to eJournal preservation; Participating in consultation with the BorrowDirect Collection Development group in review of publication categories and priorities and reporting on project activities and findings at professional meetings and conferences.

Staying abreast of developments and changes in the eJournals preservation area, providing guidance and outreach to the parties involved, and informing them of new and enhanced products and services.

Performing other duties as assigned.

 

Required Qualifications:

- MLS or equivalent

- Experience working with eJournals

- Experience with reviewing and identifying issues with license agreements for electronic resources

- Ability to work with varied user groups and to function effectively in a team environment and in a complex and culturally diverse organization

- Excellent organizational, analytical and interpersonal, oral and written communication and training skills.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

- 2 or more years of academic library experience

- Experience working with Library vendors

- Knowledge of the complex, ever-changing electronic publishing environment and scholarly communications issues

- Knowledge of preservation practices for electronic journals

- Knowledge of publishers and publishing

 

Joyce G. McDonough             tel: 212.854.4764
Director, Continuing & Electronic Resources Management
Columbia University Libraries  fax:    212.854.5167
535 West 114th Street
New York, NY  10027            email: jm86@columbia.edu

Madeline Kelly Wins Jan Merrill-Oldham Grant

From the PADG listserv, 2/5/2014:

Madeline Kelly is the 2014 recipient of the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Travel Grant. The grant, consisting of a $1,250 cash award donated by the Library Binding Institute, will support Madeline’s attendance at ALA Annual in Las Vegas. The grant is awarded by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Preservation and Reformatting Section to provide librarians and para-professionals new to the preservation field with the opportunity to attend the ALA Annual Conference and to encourage professional development through active participation at the national level.

Madeline received her MLIS from Simmons College in 2012. She currently works as Collection Development Support Specialist at George Mason University, where she has been proactively growing her preservation knowledge while increasingly taking on preservation responsibilities. Madeline looks forward to connecting with the ALA preservation community in support of her professional development and her efforts to help George Mason University develop their preservation program.

The award citation will be presented at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the ALA Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 28, 5:30-7:00 pm.

Job Opening: Head of Preservation, Stanford

Head of Preservation Department, Stanford University Libraries

We have edited this posting for length. For a complete job description and to apply, see their website.

The Head of Preservation takes a lead role in collection life-cycle management, documenting and resolving preservation issues as general and special collections are considered, acquired, processed, reformatted, used, and stored.  The Head is responsible for investigation of new strategies and technologies to address challenges to long-term preservation and access.  This assessment and consultation role includes responsibility for coordination with curators, subject specialists, facilities staff, and technical staff.

Stanford follows national preservation practices, which evolve with the shifting needs presented by new library material types as well as by emerging technology solutions.  The Department Head plays a visible role for Stanford in national review of proposed new practices, and ultimately must assess their impact on local resources.

Responsibilities:
  • Provide leadership across SUL to assure long-term access to the full breadth of collection materials.
  • Develop and manage the programs and activities of the Preservation Department:  conservation services,preventative preservation, commercial binding, end-processing, and reformatting paper-based materials.  Manage and motivate staff of 13 fte in two supervised units with a budget of $1.3 million.
  • Coordinate SUL’s preservation mission with the Libraries’ collections programs, including strong cooperation with and support for Special Collections.
  • Collaborate closely with Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS) regarding standards and processes related to their responsibility for preservation of digital and media resources. Actively champion effective overlap between analog and digital preservation policies, workflows,staff, and priorities.
  • Lead SUL collection disaster planning, preparedness and response, including insuring appropriate revisions and updates to the Collections Emergency Response Manual .
  • Identify potential sources of grant funding for preservation projects and write grant proposals.  Negotiate with vendors for services and partnership deals.
Qualifications
  • Minimum of 4 years in a related preservation field.
  • Minimum 3 years supervisory experience.
  • Experience with a wide range of preservation principles and practices; management principles and techniques; library physical environments, programs, workflows, and procedures.
  • Interest in current and emerging activities in materials science and scientific research in conservation of modern media.
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Anne Kenney wins Atkinson Memorial Award

From the ALA newsroom:

CHICAGO — Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University, has been named the 2014 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Kenney will receive a cash award and citation during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library automation, the Atkinson Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the area of library automation or management and has made notable improvements in library services or research.

“The nomination for Anne R. Kenney presented the committee with an extraordinary tour of innovative achievements and service to the profession,” said Lisa Carlucci Thomas, Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award committee chair and director at Design Think Do. “Anne’s leadership on significant projects, such as 2CUL, arXiv, Project Euclid and Making of America;her influential work on large-scale digitization and digital preservation standards and her global contributions in Myanmar, Cuba, China and beyond demonstrates her outstanding creativity, agility, risk-taking and collaborative spirit.”

KenneyAnne2-12“Anne’s peers describe her as a ‘fearless visionary,’ ‘a thoughtful, intellectual leader’ and a ‘digital library pioneer;’ noting that ‘Hugh Atkinson himself would be proud’ to call her a colleague,” continued Thomas. “Several colleagues who knew Hugh Atkinson shared examples of how ‘Anne Kenney brings Hugh’s spirit of technology-harnessing, tradition-busting leadership – with an additional dash of adventure as well.’ She inspires and generates enthusiasm for new programs and strategies and thrives to bring individuals together around a shared purpose.”

Kenney received her B.A. from Duke University, cum laude, her M.A. in History, with distinction, from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her M.A.L.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The Hugh C. Atkinson Award is jointly sponsored by four divisions of the American Library Association: the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). The award is funded from an endowment established to honor Hugh C. Atkinson.

Tom Clareson Wins Cunha/Swartzburg Award

From the ALA newsroom:

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services’ (ALCTS) Preservation and Reformatting Section Committee for the Hollinger Metal Edge sponsored George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award has selected Thomas F. R. Clareson as the 2014 recipient. The award will be presented on Saturday, June 28, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Tom ClaresonMr. Clareson has served as the LYRASIS Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services since 2009.  Previous to his time at LYRASIS, he was the Program Director for New Initiatives for PALINET, and the Imaging and Preservation Services Manager for Amigos Library Services.  In addition to his work as a preservation consultant, he has taught preservation courses at the University of Texas, University of California Los Angeles, and Kent State University graduate Library school programs as well as countless continuing education courses on preservation topics through Amigos, OCLC, PALINET, LYRASIS, the American Library Association, SAA, and AASLH.

As a leader in the field of preservation, Mr. Clareson has served as an advocate for collaborative preservation through nationally renowned efforts. These efforts include working with the Heritage Preservation Alliance for Response Program where he was a crucial advocate since its inception in 2003; the Institute for Museums and Libraries Connecting to Collections Program in which he worked on 17 planning grants and six statewide implementation grants all created for the purposes of collaborative preservation; the California Preservation Program (CPP) in which he served as the lead facilitator and organizer during the development stages.  Mr. Clareson is also seen as a “cross pollinator” where he brings institutions and organizations together to share experiences and knowledge. In addition, Mr. Clareson has been an active member of PARS for a number of years and has served as chair of various committees, taskforces, and elected positions. 

Established in 2007, the award honors the memory of George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg, early leaders in cooperative preservation programming and strong advocates for collaboration in the field of preservation. The award acknowledges and supports cooperative preservation projects and/or rewards individuals or groups that foster collaboration for preservation goals.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats.

 

Demonstrating disaster recovery techniques at the New Jersey State Archives.

Demonstrating disaster recovery techniques at the New Jersey State Archives.

 

In The News: William Minter Appointed to Penn State Libraries

Bill Minter

Bill Minter has been appointed Senior Book Conservator at Penn State Libraries. Many in the library conservation profession know Bill personally through his long-time dedication to teaching and sharing his knowledge. You may also know him through his invention, the ultrasonic polyester welder, a machine many of us have and use in our labs.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State University Libraries recently appointed William Minter as its first senior book conservator, a move that will greatly enhance the Libraries’ existing preservation program for rare and historical collections. Minter, who has more than 35 years of experience in fine bookbinding and conservation, began his appointment this semester in the University Libraries’ Digitization and Preservation Department. The position is funded by a challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a matching donation from Jeffery L. and Cynthia King that established the King Family Conservation Endowment in the University Libraries.

Read the entire press release at the Penn State Libraries site. Congratulations Bill! Bonus: photo of Bill at work from the University of Iowa Libraries.

Bill Minter with an ultrasonic polyester welder, a machine he created and has become a must-have in any large conservation lab.

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