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Subject: Position at Yale

Position at Yale

From: Paul Conway <paul.conway>
Date: Thursday, February 12, 1998
Collections Care Librarian
Preservation Department
Sterling Memorial Library
Rank: Librarian I

Yale University Library seeks a creative, forward-looking
Collections Care Librarian to help manage and develop one of the
largest and most mature preservation programs in the country. Formed
in 1971, the department has strong administrative support and has
played a major role in the development of the preservation
profession. The Preservation Department today consists of five
programmatic areas, totaling 33 staff members and numerous student
assistants. It is managed jointly by a Preservation Management Team
and provides consultation and educational services to the entire
library system. The Core Program administers basic preservation
decision-making services for the Sterling circulating collections.
The Collections Care Program repairs and protects materials that
circulate to readers. The Conservation Program is responsible for
single-item conservation treatments on Yale's rare book and
manuscript collections. The Preparations Program manages much of the
library's commercial binding and shelf preparation activities. The
Reformatting Program administers major grant-funded microfilming and
preservation projects.

Responsibilities: Under the general supervision and guidance of the
Head of the department, the Collections Care Librarian manages and
develops the department's Collections Care Program. The Program is
responsible for the maintenance and repair of circulating materials
in the Sterling Memorial Library and is one of the highest
priorities for library development activities. It consists of five
full-time conservation technicians and 2 FTE student assistants, who
undertake minor and major repair treatments and make protective
enclosures for new pamphlets and fragile books. The person who leads
the program must create and maintain a complex network of
professional relationships inside the library and throughout the
conservation and library professions to identify and perfect
appropriate collection care techniques and, eventually, to increase
the capability of the library system to care for its collections.
The incumbent establishes selection guidelines, standards, and
production levels for the Program, including work flow, sorting, and
documentation, and is responsible for quality assurance, statistics,
and inventory control in the Program. The incumbent is involved in
the overall management of the Preservation Department through
participation in the Preservation Management Team and appropriate
library committees. The manager of the Program is a focal point for
the library's commitment to the maintenance of its intellectual
assets in book form and should expect to grow professionally as
needs of the library's collections evolve.

Qualifications: MLS from an ALA-accredited graduate program,
specialized training in the conservation of books or archival
materials, or the equivalent combination of training and experience.
Supervisory experience. Ability to work effectively with staff on
all levels. Demonstrated ability to work independently and
productively. Excellent visual perception and manual dexterity.
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of
current conservation treatments, rare book and paper restoration,
and library binding and repair techniques. Preferred: Experience in
collections conservation in a research library.

Salary and Benefits: Minimum salary of $33,700 plus comprehensive benefits
program, including 22 vacation days, 17 holiday, recess and personal days,
health care, and retirement plan. Relocation assistance available. To be
assured of consideration, please submit a letter of application, resume and
the names of three references by March 1, 1998 to

    Diane Y. Turner
    Director, Library Human Resources
    Yale University Library
    PO Box 208240
    New Haven CT 06520-8240

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. EEO/AA

Paul Conway
Head, Preservation Department
Yale University Library
P.O. Box 208240/130 Wall Street
New Haven, CT  06520
Fax: 203-432-7231

                  Conservation DistList Instance 11:70
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