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Yale University
2011-12 IMLS Preservation Administration Fellow
Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
Preservation Department

Fixed Duration: 9 months from date of hire; non-renewable
Expected Start: September 6, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program has awarded funds to The New York Public Library and Yale University Library for a series of eight (8) nine-month preservation administration fellowships over three years. The Yale University Library’s Preservation Department will be hosting three of these fellowships, one per year. This posting is the last of the three fellowships. The purpose of the IMLS Preservation Administration Fellowship is to develop twenty-first century preservation administrators by giving qualified candidates the opportunity to apply administrative skills in preservation in the context of a large research library with a comprehensive preservation program. These skills will be directed toward specific preservation administration projects, preventive / treatment / format conversion / outreach projects, and broader administrative activities.

Under the direction of the Director of Preservation Department / Chief Preservation Officer, the IMLS Preservation Administration Fellow will spend time learning the operations of and working in each Preservation Department unit. The selected candidate will have a special project to complete, which may be a collection condition survey; assessing current preservation procedures and needs; assisting in preparation of a grant proposal; or other appropriate projects, based on the Fellow’s experience and interests. The Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in planning sessions, policy discussions, and other library-wide preservation-related activities. Will require travel to: NYPL, University of Connecticut at Storrs (field work), and select programs/meetings outside of the northeastern United States. May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts. May be assigned to work at the West Campus of Yale University located in West Haven, CT.

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science and advance certificate in preservation administration and/or equivalent demonstrated knowledge of preservation administration theory and practice, including current preservation, conservation, and format conversion practices and techniques for library and archival materials through prior relevant experience. Knowledge of the history of books, papermaking, and the problems and causes of book and paper deterioration. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated computer and technology skills in a variety of workstation, web and online bibliographic applications. Ability to work in a complex and changing environment with diverse staff and users.

The IMLS Preservation Administration Fellowship is a competitive fellowship. Applications consisting of a cover letter describing how this position will contribute to long-term career goals, resume, and contact information of three professional references should be sent to Amy Burlingame, Human Resources Supervisor and Staffing Representative, at hrlibrary [at] yale___edu, postmarked no later than May 2, 2011. Applications received by the deadline will be given first consideration. There is no application form. Please be sure to include “IMLS Preservation Fellowship” in the e-mail subject and cover letter. Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. The IMLS Fellow is a nine (9) month fellowship at Yale, and will receive an award of $40,966 prorated over the fellowship term. Health insurance will be provided.


The Image Permanence Institute (IPI), is seeking an established Preservation Materials Scientist to join their world class research facility.

Candidates should demonstrate experience in both science and cultural heritage through their education, employment and publication history. A Masters or PhD in chemistry, materials science, physics, engineering, or equivalent experience is required. The candidate must be willing to support IPI’s mission of developing the knowledge, tools, and technology necessary to address broad issues of preservation that meet the needs of diverse cultural heritage institutions. IPI’s primary areas of expertise include:
• Sustainable practices in environmental management and preservation
• The stability of imaging and information media
• The nature of photographic images and other forms of print media
• Development of ISO standards for imaging media and preservation

The Preservation Materials Scientist will work with IPI staff as a high-level contributor to IPI’s preservation and materials research and educational goals. Work will focus on the design and implementation of experiments in preservation research. Other activities include work on current initiatives, help with the development of new projects and facilitation of educational and outreach efforts associated with research results. The individual hired will also be expected to develop practical and useful educational tools and publications for the field.

Candidates should have three or more years experience working in a scientific laboratory. Experience with preservation science as demonstrated by education, employment, or publication history is preferred as is experience working in a cultural institution (museum, library or archive). Experience with teaching or presentation, technical writing, and grant writing is preferred.

Interested applicants should go to http://careers.rit.edu/staff/IRC44999-Preservation-Materials-Scientist to read more or apply to the position.


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