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Job Opening: Head of Preservation, Stanford

Head of Preservation Department, Stanford University Libraries

We have edited this posting for length. For a complete job description and to apply, see their website.

The Head of Preservation takes a lead role in collection life-cycle management, documenting and resolving preservation issues as general and special collections are considered, acquired, processed, reformatted, used, and stored.  The Head is responsible for investigation of new strategies and technologies to address challenges to long-term preservation and access.  This assessment and consultation role includes responsibility for coordination with curators, subject specialists, facilities staff, and technical staff.

Stanford follows national preservation practices, which evolve with the shifting needs presented by new library material types as well as by emerging technology solutions.  The Department Head plays a visible role for Stanford in national review of proposed new practices, and ultimately must assess their impact on local resources.

  • Provide leadership across SUL to assure long-term access to the full breadth of collection materials.
  • Develop and manage the programs and activities of the Preservation Department:  conservation services,preventative preservation, commercial binding, end-processing, and reformatting paper-based materials.  Manage and motivate staff of 13 fte in two supervised units with a budget of $1.3 million.
  • Coordinate SUL’s preservation mission with the Libraries’ collections programs, including strong cooperation with and support for Special Collections.
  • Collaborate closely with Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS) regarding standards and processes related to their responsibility for preservation of digital and media resources. Actively champion effective overlap between analog and digital preservation policies, workflows,staff, and priorities.
  • Lead SUL collection disaster planning, preparedness and response, including insuring appropriate revisions and updates to the Collections Emergency Response Manual .
  • Identify potential sources of grant funding for preservation projects and write grant proposals.  Negotiate with vendors for services and partnership deals.
  • Minimum of 4 years in a related preservation field.
  • Minimum 3 years supervisory experience.
  • Experience with a wide range of preservation principles and practices; management principles and techniques; library physical environments, programs, workflows, and procedures.
  • Interest in current and emerging activities in materials science and scientific research in conservation of modern media.

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