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Subject: Position at Harvard

Position at Harvard

From: Jan Merrill-Oldham <jmo>
Date: Monday, January 24, 2000
Coordinator of Digital Archiving and Preservation
Harvard University Library

The Harvard University Library is one of the world's premier
libraries, with a long history of building and maintaining
enormously deep research collections in all traditional formats. The
Library is now in the midst of a 5year project to develop the
capacity to support digital collections of equal strength. Harvard
has a well-established and distinguished program for the
preservation of materials in analog media.  As it moves into the
digital arena, maintaining the viability of electronic collections
will be of equal concern.  Towards that end, the Library has secured
an initial endowment for preserving digital resources.

The field of digital preservation is new and there are few models on
which to base a large-scale program.  We are seeking a knowledgeable
and energetic person to join our digital library team to:

    *   Propose, plan, and help implement an array programs for the
        long-term protection and migration of digital collections of
        all types, including e-journals and e-books, other textual
        materials, images, databases, and GIS resources; and

    *   Provide advice and consulting to Harvard staff on
        preservation issues related to digital resources being
        acquired or created for Harvard's collections.

The scope of responsibilities will include both activities that
Harvard will undertake and responsibilities Harvard will coordinate
with vendors and other institutions.  We are looking for someone
with the knowledge, vision, and skill to represent Harvard in
national and international forums related to digital preservation,
and to participate actively in relevant standards processes.

The ideal candidate will have experience working in research
collections (libraries, archives, museums, data centers), with a
minimum of 5 years of progressive experience with digital resources.
An understanding of issues related to digital formats, media, and
migration is required, along with an aptitude for quickly mastering
technical topics (programming experience is not required). Excellent
communications skills and the ability to work collegially are
essential. A graduate degree in computer science, information
science, or equivalent experience is preferred.

This position is currently funded for 3 years.

For further information please contact either Dale Flecker
(dale_flecker [at] harvard__edu, 617-495-3724) or Jan Merrill-Oldham
(jmo [at] harvard__edu, 617-495-7657).  To apply, please submit a resume
and letter of application, including the names of 3 references, at:

Jan Merrill-Oldham
Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian
in the Harvard University Library and Harvard College Library
HUL Preservation Center
Holyoke Center 821
Cambridge, MA  02138
Fax: 617-496-8344

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Received on Monday, 24 January, 2000

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