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Job Posting: Univ. of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign


Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Library Administration

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Duties and Responsibilities:

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library seeks a dynamic individual to provide leadership for the Library’s preservation program. This is a unique opportunity to work with the University of Illinois’ renowned and extraordinarily rich collections. Both the Library and campus are firmly committed to supporting preservation initiatives, as evidenced by the  establishment of the John “Bud” Velde Endowed Professorship in Preservation Administration in 2005 and the Library’s successful record of securing grants and donations to support the Preservation and Conservation Program.

Position Description:

Reporting to the John “Bud” Velde Head of Preservation, the Preservation Librarian will oversee existing staff and programs in support of reformatting, media, and digital preservation efforts within the existing program. Specific duties include:

  • Coordinating preservation policy for digital materials
  • Establishing workflows for the preservation of digital materials as well as testing and implementing necessary infrastructure in close collaboration with the Digital Library Access, Repository, and Scholarly Communication Services Advisory Group
  • Collaborating with other units and groups in the University Library and Campus that acquire, create, preserve, and provide access to digitized or ‘born-digital’ materials (including Digital Content Creation, Office of Information Technology Planning and Policy, IDEALS, and the University Archives, among others) to develop and coordinate a Library-wide digital preservation program and associated services.

Other duties may be assigned as the incumbent gains familiarity with the position and institutional environment.


Required: ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent, or a graduate degree including coursework or experience in preservation administration; knowledge of, and experience with, critical issues in preservation; knowledge of current trends in digital preservation management, media preservation, and/or preservation reformatting, and related issues.

Preferred: Two years of professional experience in the field of preservation; two years of budgetary management; evidence of direct engagement in digital preservation management, media preservation, and/or preservation reformatting activities; evidence of successful supervisory experience; evidence of successful experience in obtaining/administering grants from state and federal granting agencies or private foundations; evidence of successful collaboration on major preservation projects. Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of research orientation and a strong record of public service.

To Apply:

To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.


In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be received by 11/15/2011. Interviews may occur before the closing date; however, no decisions will be made prior to the closing date.

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