Job Opening: Digital Preservation Librarian, Univ. of Virginia

Please note: The University of Virginia Library has an expedited hiring process—please apply as soon as possible to be considered for this position.

Digital Preservation Librarian

The University of Virginia Library seeks a Digital Preservation Librarian to facilitate access and long-term preservation to digitized and born-digital materials.  We are looking for creative individuals who are excited by the prospect of working at a forward-looking organization during times of great change.  Known for the strength and variety of its collections and leadership in digital initiatives, the Library embraces respect, integrity, inclusion, innovation and collaboration in our work within the University, with peer institutions, and with the worldwide community.  A staff of 220 manage 11 libraries that serve a vibrant and diverse scholarly community of 15,000 undergraduates, 6,000 graduate students, 2,000 teaching and research faculty, and visitors from the public and other institutions.

The Digital Preservation Librarian is responsible for creating and maintaining policies, procedures, workflows, and strategies related to digital preservation projects and practices. The primary responsibilities include leading a cross-area Library team to preserve and provide access to web-based content; preparing born-digital materials for preservation ingest, stabilization and storage; collaborating with curators and donors to survey, appraise, and ensure proper transfer of born-digital holdings; and working with individuals and departments on faculty digital projects. The employee in this position is expected to be current with the community of practice for digital preservation, as well as be a leader within the broader fields of preservation and digital libraries.


Education: MLS or advanced degree in relevant field

Required: Experience with digital preservation in an academic setting, including hands on experience working with physical born-digital media and web preservation. Strong technical expertise with digital objects in a library or cultural heritage organization. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with digital preservation issues, tools, standards, and best practices. Coursework or experience leading to knowledge of the principles and practices of data curation and long-term digital preservation. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, with a wide range of groups and individuals, both internal and external to the Library.  Ability to work independently and collaboratively, prioritize work and resolve complex problems.  Strong organizational and project management skills.

Preferred: Working knowledge of the following digital preservation tools: Bitcurator, Archivematica, Archive-it

Anticipated Salary: $50,000 – $60,000

Benefits: Come be a part of Charlottesville’s leading employer with a competitive benefits package including multiple options for health insurance (including vision and dental), a minimum of 22 days of leave per year (in addition to 12 or more paid holidays), and a $2,000 annual education benefit (after one year of service). The University of Virginia also offers retirement plans, tax deferred savings plan options with cash match and much more.

To Apply: Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration.  Applicants must apply through the University of Virginia online employment website at, providing cover letter, resume, and contact information for three current, professional references.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job Opening: Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Digital Library Technical Coordinator
Academic Professional
University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available:  This position is available as soon as possible.  This is a 100% time, twelve month appointment Academic Professional position in the University Library.

Duties and Responsibilities: Reporting to the Preservation Librarian and liaising with Library IT, the Digital Library Technical Coordinator supports the planning, implementation and ongoing production of the Library’s digital collections, with particular emphasis on project design, digitization workflows, and transfer into content and delivery systems. Collections include, but are not limited to, digitized newspapers, audiovisual media, books, and manuscripts created locally or by vendors for access and distribution purposes. The successful candidate will have a strong knowledge of digital library practices, and practical familiarity with scripting languages and database technology. He or she will have demonstrable excellent interpersonal, organizational, oral, and written communication skills and strong service orientation.

The Digital Library Technical Coordinator will:

  • Evaluate workflow architecture of Preservation Services reformatting operations and implement improvements in collaboration with stakeholders
  • Coordinate meetings and discussions concerning technical architecture to support reformatting workflows
  • Develop clear and expedient workflows to move projects from image and audio capture to appropriate access platforms as informed by emerging trends and best practices in digital collection creation and management
  • Write text and image file processing scripts to support the streamlined deposit of digitized book packages to the HathiTrust Digital Library
  • Collaborate with and serve as primary liaison between the Library’s Digital Production units and Library IT
  • Provide technical coordination for newspaper digitization initiatives
  • Provide technical coordination for audio and moving image digitization initiatives



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated ability to assess, analyze, plan, and solve problems creatively and collaboratively in a complex, rapidly-changing environment
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects with minimal supervision, to balance competing priorities, and to meet deadlines
  • Working knowledge of a scripting language such as Ruby, Python, and Perl, especially as it relates to digital library workflows, file transformations, moving and renaming files, and manipulating XML or text documents
  • Experience with databases and SQL


  • ALA-Accredited Master’s degree in library and information science
  • Experience with digital library and/or content management platforms such as CONTENTdm, HathiTrust, Veridian, DSpace and Fedora
  • Familiarity with library digitization practices and standards for books, newspapers, and/or audiovisual content
  • Familiarity with programming Web applications
  • Experience with Web development frameworks such as Ruby on Rails
  • Familiarity with Web technologies like HTTP and REST
  • Working knowledge of library metadata standards and applications



The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Library is a leader in the delivery of user services, and active programs in information, instructional, access, and scholarly services help the Library to maintain its place at the intellectual heart of the campus. The Library also holds one of the preeminent research collections in the world, encompassing more than 12 million volumes and a total of more than 23 million items. The Library is committed to maintaining the strongest collections and service programs possible, and to engaging in research, development, and scholarly practice – all of which support the University’s missions of teaching, research, and public engagement. The Library employs approximately 90 faculty members, and more than 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. For more information, see:

The Preservation Services Unit at the University of Illinois Library operates with the holistic vision of developing a comprehensive preservation, conservation, and imaging program for the entire library system.  The Conservation Lab consists of both collections conservation as well as special collections conservation functions in a shared 5,000 square foot lab space, and employs two endowed professional conservators as well as support staff, graduate students, hourly student assistants, volunteers and conservation interns.  The Unit also assists in the education, planning and development of the overall preservation program for the Library. For more information on the Preservation Services program, visit

Salary:  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and credentials.

Terms of appointment:  Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days; 11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several options for participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.

Campus and Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at

The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: or

To Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of interest, resume, 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.

Deadline:  In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be received by August 24, 2015.

Job Opening: Dartmouth College Conservation Dept.

Position Vacancy: Dartmouth College Library

Assistant Conservator

Dartmouth College Library is seeking a collaborative and proactive Assistant Conservator to become an integral part of Preservation Services in support of their mission to conserve the Library’s physical collections.  In coordination with the Library’s Collections Conservator, the Assistant Conservator assists in the management of the daily workflow and production in the Conservation Lab.  The Assistant Conservator will perform conservation treatments on rare and special collection material ranging from simple to complex; develop and implement procedures and guidelines to manage work flow for material involved in digital production projects; assist in training practicum students and conservation interns; assist as consultant in exhibit preparedness for library materials.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Performs conservation treatment on rare and unique library materials, generally those requiring individual treatment. Materials include: books, manuscripts, albums, maps, and other flat work. Digital liaison for collection treatment workflow; accountable for treatments, developing and overseeing conservation workflow for all material needing treatment before and/or after digitizing; plans and coordinates projects with Collections Conservator, Special Collections staff, and the digital production team.

RANK AND SALARY: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Full benefits package including 22 vacation days; comprehensive health care; retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; and relocation assistance.

QUALIFICATIONS: Qualifications and further information are available at the Dartmouth employment web site:  position # 0111201

GENERAL INFORMATION: Founded in 1769 and located in scenic Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth is a private, four-year, coeducational undergraduate college with graduate schools of business, engineering and medicine and 16 graduate programs in the arts and sciences. Dartmouth’s mission is to educate the most promising students and to prepare them for a lifetime of learning and of responsible leadership, through a faculty dedicated to teaching and the creation of knowledge. At the heart of Dartmouth College is one of the oldest research libraries in the United States. Nine libraries distributed across various academic centers, house the 3.4 million volume collection and provide access to a rich array of digital resources supported by a technically robust network environment. The Library’s mission is to foster intellectual growth and advance the teaching and research missions of the College by supporting excellence and innovation in education and research, managing and delivering scholarly content, and partnering in the development and dissemination of new scholarship.

APPLICATION: Review of applications will begin as of August 24, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants chosen for an onsite interview will be expected to bring a portfolio of work. For the complete job description and to apply online go to: and reference position # 0111201

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Job Opening: NYU Conservation Lab

Conservator, Special Collections

New York University Libraries

Position Summary

Under the general direction of the Conservation Librarian, manage and execute conservation treatments to preserve, protect, and guarantee the survival and future accessibility of special collection materials. Supervise project staff; research, disseminate information, and provide guidance on all aspects of preservation to library staff. Participate in disaster preparedness, response and recovery, and lab organization and maintenance.

New York University Libraries

Libraries at New York University serve the school’s 40,000 students and faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. The Libraries supports NYU’s vision to become the first true Global Network University by collaborating and providing services to our 11 global academic centers and “portal campuses” in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.   New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the HathiTrust. The Libraries participates in a variety of consortia and collaborates closely with Columbia University Libraries and the New York Public Library through the Manhattan Research Library Consortium.

The Special Collections at NYU

NYU’s Fales Library houses the Fales collection of rare books and manuscripts in English and American literature, as well as a wide range of objects and media in the Downtown Collection and other special collections. The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives form a unique, internationally-known center for scholarly research on Labor and the Left: book, document, print, photograph, film, and oral history collections describe the history of the labor movement and how it relates to the broader struggle for economic, social, and political change. The New York University Archives serves as the final repository for the historical records of NYU. Its primary purpose is to document the history of the University, founded in 1831, and to provide source material for administrators, faculty, students, alumni, and other members of the University community, as well as scholars, authors, and other interested persons who seek to evaluate the impact of the University’s activities on the history of American social, cultural, and intellectual development.

Qualifications/Required Education

Graduate degree in conservation of books and archival materials, including a minimum of one year internship under the direction of an experienced conservator and/or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Experience Required:

Minimum 4 years conservation experience managing conservation projects and working with special collections materials is required.

Preferred Experience:

Supervising interns and/or employees. Successful project management experience. 3 years professional conservation experience in a research library or similar academic setting.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of current book and paper conservation techniques; professional conservation principles and ethical standards as defined by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Code of Ethic and Guidelines for Practice for Conservation of Historic &Artistic Works); the history of the book; techniques of bookbinding and papermaking; chemistry as it applies to the conservation of library and archival collections; optimal collection storage environments. Basic understanding of environment control systems. Proficiency using MS Office Suite (word processing, spreadsheet, database) and Adobe Photoshop. Proficiency using conservation and digital documentation equipment. Familiarity with health and safety laboratory standards in particular those federal and local standard for working with toxic chemicals and for personal safety during mold remediation.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Demonstrated ability to contribute to the profession through teaching, research, and/or publication.


The position is a full-time professional position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Attractive benefits package and four weeks annual vacation.

To Apply:

Apply online at:

NYU’s Division of Libraries embraces diversity and is committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Job Opening: Iowa State University

Conservator, Iowa State University Library

Iowa State University Library is currently seeking candidates for a Conservator position at the rank of Librarian I or II. The Conservator is a key part of an active preservation department established in 1986 that includes a 3,400 sq. ft., well-equipped conservation lab for treating general circulating, and Special Collections and University Archives materials. The Conservator establishes priorities, makes treatment decisions, maintains workflows, prepares materials for exhibit and digitization, and performs conservation treatment of general and Special Collections materials. Administers the daily operations and workflows of the conservation lab, and recommends expenditures of the dedicated supply/equipment and preservation services budgets. Supervises and trains conservation staff, students, interns, and volunteers. Assists the Head of Preservation in training, education and outreach, and disaster preparedness. Develops, coordinates and implements preservation programs and leads the disaster response team. This position will also serve on divisional and library committees, teams, and task forces. Reports to the Head of Preservation.

The successful candidate will possess current and demonstrated knowledge and skill in conservation of general, special and archival collections including relevant chemistry, conservation theory and technical skills. Additionally, the successful candidate will possess exceptional organizational, analytical, time and project management skills. Excellent problem solving and decision making skills, and the ability to formulate and implement innovative approaches and solutions to problems. Work both independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing team-based environment; interact effectively with library staff and the university community; communicate effectively, clearly, concisely, and persuasively (written and oral); and communicate complex ideas to a wide range of audiences. Lastly, demonstrate a strong commitment to public service and the land-grant mission.

This is a non-tenure track, Academic Librarian position with the opportunity for promotion. Librarians are expected to develop an external reputation through professional practice service and/or published scholarship in areas related to professional responsibilities and a record of institutional service.

Required qualifications:

Librarian I: Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or an advanced degree supporting a specialized key program function.

Librarian II: Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or an advanced degree supporting a specialized key program function with at least three years of professional conservation experience.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Formal graduate level library and archives and/or book and paper conservation training.
  • Experience in library and archives conservation of special collections and general collections, including relevant chemistry and conservation theory.
  • Demonstrated experience with documenting complex treatments (written and photographic).
  • Experience in an academic or research library preservation department.
  • Experience with mid- to large-scale preservation department operations and workflows including environmental monitoring, integrated pest management, disaster response, digital preservation, library binding, mass deacidification, and reformatting (both analog and digital).

In addition to the above, the preferred experience for a position at the Librarian II level includes:

  • Supervisory/managerial experience.
  • Demonstrated effective and promising record of external professional practice services activities and/or research and scholarship.


ISU students, staff, and faculty strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society. Library staff must embrace an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance to recognizing the richness in individual identities of people, and diverse perspectives.

Iowa State University is an EO/AA employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Vet status.


To view full description and to apply by May 10, 2015 posting number 50145P OR


For more information about:
ISU Library Preservation Department
ISU Library Special Collections Department

Job Opening: Univ. of Kansas

Application deadline: February 23, 2015
Apply at:

The Conservation Services Department provides leadership, coordination, expertise, and services within a comprehensive, system-wide program to preserve KU Libraries’ paper-based collections.

Position Summary

The Assistant Conservator for Special Collections will serve a central role in the Stannard Conservation Laboratory with primary responsibility for special collections held by Kenneth Spencer Research Library. This position, under the direct supervision of the Head of Conservation Services, helps manage and undertake a range of mission-critical daily operations of the Stannard Conservation Laboratory including: evaluating damaged collections; making treatment decisions and performing conservation treatments on special collections materials; providing exhibition preparation and support; undertaking conservation assessments and surveys; and participating in emergency preparedness and response operations.

Position Description:

Conservation treatment—70%

Drafts treatment proposals and specifications, and provides basic time estimates for work to be undertaken, for rare books, manuscripts, archival materials, and other paper-based library collections.

Performs highly complex conservation tasks that require knowledge and expertise in multiple techniques to solve unique problems. Treatments applied in combination include but are not limited to conservation rebinding, rebacking and board reattachment; surface cleaning; aqueous washing and alkalization treatments; mending with various papers; lining; backing removal; tape and adhesive removal; matting and encapsulation; and enclosure construction.

Carries out proposed treatments and repairs to library and archival materials with minimal supervision and in accordance with accepted standards for conservation practice.

Documents treatments using a range of written and photographic techniques according to accepted standards for conservation practice.

Selects and uses appropriate specialized tools and equipment appropriate for the treatment, including, but not limited to: hand tools, book presses, board shear, guillotine, ultrasonic welder, and suction table; may also perform maintenance on this equipment.
Designs and constructs both simple and complex, custom-fitting enclosures for fragile materials bearing in mind the unique needs of those formats and their chemical interactions with the materials available for construction.

Assists in the preparation of library materials for exhibition. Fabricates simple and complex mounts. Assists with installation and de-installation.

Project management—15%

Develops and implements workflows for conservation projects.

Assists in training staff, students, interns, and volunteers, as necessary.

Provides technical advice on the housing, storage, handling and repair of special collections.

Advises library staff on conservation principles and practices.



Departmental responsibilities—15%

Serves on the Collections Emergency Response Team and assists with disaster preparedness and recovery operations following standard procedures.

Undertakes collection surveys to assess condition and prioritize conservation treatments, as necessary.

Assists with preventive programs such as environmental monitoring and pest management as needed.

Stays current with developments in the field of library and archives conservation.

Prepares, conducts, and participates in staff and public outreach and education efforts.

Participates in departmental meetings and planning activities, including departmental goal-setting.

Compiles statistics and prepares reports as appropriate.

Assists with equipping the conservation laboratories to meet current and anticipated future treatment needs. May order supplies, tools, and equipment as needed.

Participates in the broader work of KU Libraries by serving on committees, working groups, and task forces as appropriate.
Other duties as assigned.



  • B.A. degree
  • 1 year relevant experience, including training in book or paper conservation.



  • M.A. degree from a recognized conservation training program or related field, or demonstration of a similar level of education and training required for the conservation of rare materials.
  • A portfolio of relevant work if selected for interview
  • Demonstrated knowledge of physical and chemical mechanisms of deterioration of library and archives materials.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the fundamentals, techniques, and history of book- binding, paper treatment, and conservation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of conservation ethics and practices relevant to research library and archival materials; commitment to the American Institute for Conservation’s Code of Ethics and Standards for Practice.
  • Excellent manual dexterity and sustained concentration with delicate and occasionally repetitive tasks.
  • Basic computer skills including word processing and use of spreadsheets.
  • Competency in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.
  • Experience working in an academic research library.
  • Experience managing conservation technicians or students.
  • Experience evaluating and treating materials for digital imaging projects.
  • Experience in exhibit preparation.
  • Demonstrated record of continuing education in conservation through workshops, lectures, and conference attendance.
  • Ability to communicate effectively about treatment options and decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
    Effective organizational skills.

For more information on Spencer Research Library’s collections, see:


Job Opening: Conservator for Rare Books, Duke University Libraries

For the complete job announcement and how to apply, visit

Conservator for Special Collections

The Conservator for Special Collections plans and carries out the physical treatment of special collections material from the Duke University Libraries including those from the Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University Archives, and branch libraries. This position reports to the Head, Conservation Services Department (CSD).


Conservation (80%)

    • Works with the department head and appropriate conservation and library staff to develop treatment strategies for special collections materials. Coordinates treatments and priorities with the Head of CSD.
Verne and Tanya Roberts Conservation Lab, Duke University Libraries.

Verne and Tanya Roberts Conservation Lab, Duke University Libraries.

  • Performs appropriate conservation treatments on library materials held in the Libraries’ rare and special collections in support of various workflows including those for Rubenstein Library User Services and Technical Services, the Digital Production Center, and the Exhibits Program. Scope of work includes treating primarily bound and unbound books, manuscripts and other documents on paper and vellum. Depending on the conservator’s expertise the scope may also include treating photographs, papyri, and other formats and substrates found in the collections. Documents treatments with photographs and written reports following CSD and American Institute for Conservation (AIC) guidelines and best practices.
  • Identifies items for which protective enclosures will be the most effective preservation option; constructs appropriate protective enclosures or delegates the construction of enclosures to other staff, students or volunteers.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Departmental Support and Programming Initiatives (10%)

  • Participates in planning and setting goals, managing projects and developing workflows in support of CSD priorities.
  • Assists in providing disaster recovery services for library materials.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Professional Development (10%)

  • Actively participates on appropriate Library committees, task forces or groups to meet the strategic goals of the Department and the Duke University Libraries.
  • Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest should be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Provides training, supervision and quality control for students, staff and volunteers in coordination with the department head and/or senior conservator.
  • May serve as interim supervisor in the absence of the department head and senior conservator.


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.


Required: ALA-accredited MLS or Master’s degree in conservation of library and archival materials, or demonstration of a similar level of education and training required for the conservation of rare materials.

Preferred: Demonstrated record of continued education in areas relevant to this position.



  • Minimum of three years of demonstrated experience in conservation of special collections and knowledge of current conservation principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Exceptional manual skills and a full understanding of current conservation theory, principles, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of physical and chemical mechanisms of deterioration of library materials.
  • Knowledge of conservation ethics and practices relevant to research library materials; commitment to AIC standards of practice and Code of Ethics.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and productively in a changing environment.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.


  • Prior experience working in an academic research library or archives.
  • Prior experience supervising conservation technicians and students.
  • Expertise in the treatment of photographic materials; works on art on paper, vellum and parchment; or similar cultural heritage materials generally found in academic libraries and university archives.
  • Experience evaluating and treating materials to prepare them for digital imaging and/or exhibitions.
  • Experience in exhibitions including preparation, installation, materials testing and environmental monitoring.
  • Teaching experience.

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