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Subject: Position at Duke University

Position at Duke University

From: Sharon A. Sullivan <s.sullivan>
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 1999
Preservation Officer
Perkins Library System
Duke University

The Perkins Library System is implementing a three-year strategic
plan which includes a major initiative in preservation, and we are
creating a new position to provide leadership for this effort.
Reporting to the Director of Collections Services, the Preservation
Officer will develop, implement, and manage a comprehensive
preservation program for the general and special collections;
coordinate and oversee use of outside vendors for preservation and
conservation services; supervise library staff responsible for
preservation and conservation activities; and promote cooperative
preservation efforts and activities with the libraries of Duke's
professional schools (Business, Divinity, Law, and the Medical

Responsibilities: Formulates program objectives; plans, organizes
and coordinates efforts to accomplish these objectives.  Analyzes
and evaluates existing preservation activities and needs.  Evaluates
library collections for preservation and reformatting and monitors
environmental conditions of stacks and collections. Works closely
with resource specialists and other library staff to set
preservation priorities.  Evaluates products and work of
preservation contractors and vendors.  Maintains a high level of
technical expertise to ensure that ongoing preservation activities
meet accepted professional standards.  Prepares grant proposals and
pursues grant opportunities for preservation projects, including
reformatting, mass deacidification, digitization, and conservation;
supports efforts to raise preservation funds from other sources.
Develops and directs a preservation education program for library
staff and users.  Maintains disaster plan and provides leadership
for disaster-response team.  Represents the Library to external
organizations on matters relating to contractual agreements and
cooperative programs for preservation services.


Required:  Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program or an
equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience;
broad knowledge of preservation and conservation, including
technical, physical, and bibliographic aspects, based on at least
two years of focused work experience, equivalent course work or
related training; demonstrated successful management and supervisory
experience; familiarity with automated library systems and library
binding practices; excellent oral and written communication skills;
demonstrated program planning and leadership skills; proven ability
to relate well to library, vendor, donor, academic, and researcher
communities.  Highly desirable: Knowledge of and experience with the
care and handling of archives, photographs, film, and other non-book
materials; experience with the use of digital technology in
preservation; experience in obtaining grants and other outside
funding; experience with commercial contracts.

Salary and Benefits: Salary and rank are dependent on qualifications
and experience; minimums are $32,800 for Assistant Librarian;
$35,300 for Senior Assistant Librarian; $38,650 for Associate
Librarian; $44,750 for Librarian. Duke offers a comprehensive
benefits package including health, dental, and life insurance;
accrued vacation and sick leave; 13 holidays annually; participation
in a retirement plan upon eligibility; and relocation assistance.

The libraries of Duke University consist of the William R. Perkins
Library and its seven branches on campus:  Biological and
Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Lilly, Engineering, Music,
Math-Physics, and Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections; the
Pearse Memorial Library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort;
and the independently administered libraries of Divinity, Law,
Medicine and Business (Fuqua).  Duke's library holdings of 4.6
million volumes, eleven million manuscripts and over two million
public documents are the eighth largest among private universities
in the United States.  Duke is a member of the Triangle Research
Libraries Network which promotes collaboration regarding information
resources, information technology and human resources with the
libraries of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North
Carolina Central University and North Carolina State University.

Application: Review of applications will begin in early June and
continue until the position is filled.  Send cover letter, detailed
resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three
references to:

    Sharon A. Sullivan
    Director, Personnel Services
    Perkins Library
    Box 90194
    Duke University
    Durham NC 27708.

Duke University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
The Perkins Library System has a strong commitment to Affirmative
Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic
diversity of our staff.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 12:91
                  Distributed: Wednesday, May 26, 1999
                       Message Id: cdl-12-91-011
Received on Wednesday, 26 May, 1999

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