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Subject: Position at MIT

Position at MIT

From: Jennifer S Banks <jsbanks>
Date: Wednesday, December 30, 1998
Head, Preservation Services
MIT Libraries

The MIT Libraries seeks a skilled and energetic individual to direct
and continually develop the Libraries' preservation program,
including management of the Preservation Services unit which
performs in-house treatments, commercial binding management, shelf
preparation, and brittle book replacement for the library system.
Primary emphasis is on preservation of the circulating collections;
program includes projects for special collections and Archives .

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Head of Collection Management
Services, plans and implements the preservation program, and
develops policies and procedures for in-house and outsourced
operations. Maintains understanding of emerging technologies.
Determines treatments appropriate to diverse collections
conservation goals, and trains staff in performing treatments and
preparing items for work by outside vendors. Works with collection
managers and others to identify preservation priorities and
coordinate workflow. Oversees disaster preparedness and response,
staff education, and special programs. Supervises a unit of one
full-time and three part-time assistants, and student assistants;
trains staff and students in all unit operations. Manages budget,
supply and equipment purchasing, and quality assurance. Prepares
statistical and management reports. Participates in broader planning
activities and special projects.

Required Qualifications: An MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited library
school with emphasis on preservation, or with subsequent work in a
preservation program; OR a Bachelor's degree, accompanied by the
completion of formal conservation training or apprenticeship. Three
to five years direct/related experience. Substantial knowledge of
theory and practice of preservation, including good bench skills.
Demonstrated ability to manage projects and to communicate
effectively.  Experience in supervision and training.  Evidence of
potential to succeed in a production oriented, rapidly changing,
academic library environment.

Hiring Salary:$33,000 minimum.  Actual salary will depend on

The MIT Libraries include five major subject libraries (architecture
and planning; engineering; humanities; science; social sciences and
management) and several branch libraries in specialized subject
areas.  The Libraries contain more than 2.5 million printed volumes,
over 17,000 serial subscriptions, and extensive collections of
microforms, maps, slides, photographs, sound recordings, printed
music, manuscripts, motion pictures, and videotapes.  The Libraries'
automated system is Geac Advance.  The public catalog, Barton, is
available within the Libraries and on the campus network.  The
Libraries' web page <URL:> presents
information about library services, access to numerous databases,
and links to pertinent Internet resources.  MIT Libraries maintain
membership in the Association of Research Libraries, the Boston
Library Consortium, and OCLC through NELINET.

MIT offers excellent benefits, including tuition assistance and a
relocation allowance.  The MIT Libraries affords a flexible and
collegial working environment and fosters professional growth of its
staff with management training, travel funding for professional
meetings, and a professional research grant program.  MIT is a
smoke-free campus.

Review of applications will begin on January 19, 1999.  Complete
applications, which consist of a cover letter, resume, and names and
addresses of three current references should be mailed to:

    Search Committee for Head, Preservation Services
    The Libraries, Room 14S-216
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    77 Massachusetts Ave.
    Cambridge, Massachusetts  02139-4307

MIT is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its
community and particularly encourages applications from qualified
women and ethnic minority candidates.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 12:56
                 Distributed: Tuesday, January 5, 1999
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Received on Wednesday, 30 December, 1998

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