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Job Vacancy: Head of Preservation, Ohio University

Announcement has been truncated; for full description follow the links to the job notice at the Ohio University job search site. –PCAN Editors

Position Description:
The Ohio University Libraries seeks applications and nominations for an innovative and collaborative professional to provide leadership and direction for preservation and conservation efforts throughout the University Libraries. The successful candidate will be joining the Libraries at an exciting time; development of a new strategic plan is currently underway, with a vision of the Libraries as a “dynamic gateway for the discovery, creation and exchange of knowledge, enabling students, faculty and staff to realize their promise and achieve excellence.”

Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Collections and Access, this position manages the activities of the Preservation Department (1.5 FTE non-exempt staff), and oversees the high-density collection storage facility (1FTE administrative staff and 1 FTE non-exempt staff). The department head must also work closely and collaboratively with most library departments, particularly with the staff of Stacks and Media Management, the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, the Fine Arts Library, Digital Initiatives, the Center for International Collections, and the Music Library. Specifically, the head of the Preservation Department:

• Establishes guidelines for appropriate physical storage and maintenance of the Libraries’ collections in all locations.
• Evaluates conservation needs of items from the Libraries’ general and special collections, and determines optimal treatment.
• Treats rare and special collections materials, including books and non-print materials
• Hires, trains, and manages performance of Preservation Unit employees, and oversees operation of Southeast Ohio Regional Library Depository.
• Educates library staff on preservation issues; leads disaster preparedness & response planning efforts related to library collections.
• Responds to disasters which threaten and/or damage library collections; coordinates the salvage and treatment of damaged materials.
• Advises on digital preservation initiatives in the University Libraries.
• Pursues and administers grant proposals for preservation projects.
• Assists with special projects related to management of campus and depository collections.
• Engages in regular professional development activities as part of continuing commitment to increasing effectiveness.

Minimum Qualifications: 
• A master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution, or a master’s degree in another relevant subject such as public history
• Formal training and experience in conservation techniques on a wide range of library materials (demonstrated through a portfolio of the applicant’s work)
• Minimum 3 years progressive responsibility in conservation work in a library, museum, or archival setting
• Demonstrated commitment to data-informed decision making processes
• Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications: 
• Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging trends in academic libraries as well as in digital and print preservation
• Successful supervisory experience
• Experience in leading teams and fostering collaborative relationships
• Experience writing and administering grants

Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Ohio University employees enjoy a liberal benefits package, including 22 days annual vacation, generous insurance, and Ohio state employee or alternative retirement.

Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the Ohio University Job Site: website https://www.ohiouniversityjobs.com/postings/556. (posting number 2011105).

Applications must be received by October 9, 2011.


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