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Job Announcement-Yale

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Head of Digital, Reformatting and Vendor Services (DRVS)
Preservation Department, Yale University Library
New Haven, CT
Rank:  Band III, Librarian II-III

STARS req ID for this position is 12617BR

Fixed Duration: Three (3) years from date of hire with possible continuation.

Schedule: Full-time (37.5 hours per week);
Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

Position description: Under the direction of the Director of the Preservation Department and Chief Preservation Officer plans and directs the activities of Digital, Reformatting and Vendor Services (DRVS); such as, but not limited to microfilming, scanning text and conversion of audio and visual materials; oversees the monograph binding and mass deacidification operation; and is an integral and collaborative member of the Preservation Management Team (PMT).

The head of DRVS will facilitate access and long-term preservation of materials for format conversion; plans, manage, and oversee the planning and performing of format conversion activities.  In conjunction with subject specialists/selectors and curators the head of DRVS sets format conversion priorities on the full range of library and archival materials; establishes vendor relations, negotiates contracts for the full range of format conversion activities, commercial binding, and mass deacidification contracts; works in close collaboration with the Library’s information technology offices, Cataloging and Metadata Services and members of the Office of Digital Asset Infrastructure (ODAI) in development of metadata, in the monitoring of digital preservation metadata trends, and in the ongoing development and updating of technical specifications regarding digital information capture.  As part of PMT, the head of DRVS works with its members to provide information and recommendations to subject specialists/selectors and curators regarding preservation implications on the acquisition of fragile paper and multi-media items, commercial binding and mass deacidification.  The head of DRVS is responsible for the training and supervising of support C&T, students and interns; and managing the DRVS budget.  The head of DRVS is expected to serve on Library and University committees as appropriate and to be active professionally and to assist in maintaining the emergency response plan and respond to emergencies and recovery efforts as needed. This position may be assigned to work at West Campus located in West Haven, CT.

Qualifications: Master’s degree in computer science, arts and humanities, Library Science (ALA-accredited program) or related field.  Appointment at the Librarian II level requires a minimum of two years professional preservation experience or for appointment at the Librarian III level, a minimum of five years professional preservation experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; an Advance Certificate in Preservation may substitute for one year of professional experience.

Candidates are required to have supervisory experience with technical and/or professional staff demonstrating increasing management and supervisory responsibilities; and experience in managing multiple projects.   In addition, candidates are required to show advance knowledge of preservation principles and procedures as relating to library materials; a thorough knowledge of:

National standards and best practices as relates to a wide range of preservation format conversion and multi-media preservation;

Appropriate procedures for preserving digital objects and web based content; and

Current metadata schemes and evolving best practices and standards.

Also, required is technical knowledge of a wide variety of media including text, music, still images, audio and video.

The candidate should have demonstrated ability to analyze, assess, and find creative preservation and archiving solutions in a complex and dynamic academic environment; a thorough knowledge of the organization and administrative policies and procedures of libraries and archives.  The candidate should have well developed organizational, research, oral and written communication, analytical, teaching and supervisory skills; and a demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a diverse environment.

It is preferred that candidates have a minimum of two years of experience in the management of digital preservation activities; education in computer or information science; and programming experience.  Also, desired is knowledge of basic book repair; familiarity with commercial binding; and knowledge of web design.

Salary and Benefits: Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three (3) professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online for immediate
consideration – the STARS req ID for this position is 12617BR. Please be sure to reference #12617BR in your cover letter.



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