Job Posting: Tulane University

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library invites applications for the position of Preservation Librarian. The library seeks to build its professional staff by recruiting talented, energetic librarians interested in shaping the future of Tulane University and New Orleans  

The Preservation Librarian is a detailed- and team-oriented librarian who works closely with Tulane’s main library collection, offsite storage collection, and special collections including the Louisiana Research Collection, Hogan Jazz Archive, Latin American Library and Southeastern Architectural Archives.  Reporting to the Director of Technical Services, the librarian will organize and maintain a comprehensive preservation assessment program for a broad range of physical collections, seek outside funding including grants, establish goals and objectives to develop a conservation lab and for the conservation of aged and damaged materials, advise on climate control as needed, advise on preservation issues including disaster preparedness, and conduct awareness programs for staff and users. S/he will contribute service to library committees and task forces as well as to professional associations.

Required:  ALA-accredited MLS with a focus in preservation; understanding of library preservation and conservation issues, standards, trends, and best practices; ability to see the library as a whole and understand how preservation activities relate to its core mission; demonstrated concern for and expertise in handling physical collections; ability to work as part of a team as well as independently; excellent problem solving skills and attention to details; ability to be flexible and adapt to rapid change; excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; and a valid driver’s license.

Preferred:  The candidate should have two years of work experience in preservation or conservation, or equivalent hands-on training; experience with grant writing and funding; experience with climate monitoring and control; experience supervising staff; experience with disaster preparedness documentation.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Librarians are academic appointees; librarians do not have tenure or faculty rank, but in other respects receive the benefits of faculty members; generous benefits including a choice of health plans, tuition waiver for self, and undergraduate tuition waiver for dependents.

Environment Tulane University is an AAU/Carnegie Research Institution and ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top fifty national universities in the United States. The university is located in beautiful uptown New Orleans where it borders the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line and Audubon Park. Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is the University’s main library with an ARL research collection of more than four million titles.

To Apply Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled with an expected start date of April 1, 2012, or earlier. To ensure full consideration, applicants must submit a letter of application, résumé, and names with full contact information of at least three professional references via email to Andrea Bacino ( or mail to:

Tulane University
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
Attn: Andrea Bacino
7001 Freret St. 2nd floor
New Orleans LA 70118

Tulane University is an AA/EO Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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