Conservation DistList Archives [Date] [Subject] [Author] [SEARCH]

Subject: Position at Indiana University

Position at Indiana University

From: Melissa Ann Mcafee <memcafee>
Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2001
Head of Preservation
Indiana University Libraries Bloomington

The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries are seeking an
innovative and dynamic individual to lead a vital and expanding
preservation program. The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries
are one of the leading academic research library systems in North
America, providing strong collections, quality service and
instructional programs, and leadership in the application of
information technologies. The Bloomington campus includes
approximately 35,000 students and 1,575 faculty.

The IU Bloomington Libraries are active members of regional and
national associations and consortia, including the Committee on
Institutional Cooperation, the Association of Research Libraries'
SPARC project, the Digital Library Federation, the Center for
Research Libraries, and the Research Libraries Group. There are some
twenty libraries on campus, including seven science libraries and
seven humanities and social science libraries.

The Libraries' Preservation Department supports and strengthens
teaching, learning, and research, by preserving collections and the
information they contain in usable and accessible formats. The
program has recently undergone an extensive external review
resulting in recommendations to increase staff and move towards a
consolidated and comprehensive program. The preservation program
encompasses three major areas: collections conservation, brittle
books and replacement, and rare book conservation. The Head of
Preservation supervises a staff consisting of two professional
conservators, 4 FTE support staff, and 2.5 FTE student assistants.

The Head will provide leadership and planning to prepare for the
4,700 square foot state-of-the-art preservation laboratory to be
located in the future Auxiliary Library Facility.  The Preservation
Department has acquired a Kasemake automated box-making machine to
expedite the preparation of protective enclosures. The Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation has recently awarded the Indiana University
Bloomington libraries $1 million to purchase equipment for the
library's new preservation laboratory and to establish an endowment
to support preservation staff positions. Further information about
the Libraries Preservation Department can be found at

Responsibilities: Develops and establishes preservation policies as
well as the department's long- and short-range goals and objectives
to achieve programmatic balance. Oversees state-and grant-funded
budgets and develops a cost-effective operation that is responsive
to the needs of other library units, collection managers, and
library users. Motivates and leads staff in a productive and
collaborative working environment. Pursues grant opportunities of
special programs in preservation including reformatting, mass
deacidification, digitization, and conservation. Evaluates
collections for preservation and reformatting and monitors
environmental conditions of stacks, collections, and exhibition
venues. As the leader of the libraries' preservation efforts, the
Head of Preservation works in close cooperation with bibliographers
in setting preservation priorities and with technical services staff
who provide bibliographic access. Works closely with facilities
staff on the Auxiliary Library Facility planning and assists the
Executive Director of Development with fund-raising efforts.
Promotes the Libraries' mission to digitize and preserve parts of
the collection, investigates applications of digital technology for
preservation, and participates in imaging and digitizing in
accordance with library priorities and in consultation with the
Digital Library Program. Maintains disaster plan and oversees
disaster team that deals with library collections. Represents the
Libraries to external organizations, such as the CIC, on matters
concerning cooperative preservation programs.

Qualifications:  Required: ALA-accredited degree and preservation
program management experience or equivalent combination of
professional training and experience. Familiarity with conservation
and stabilization treatments for general and rare book collections.
Knowledge of current trends in preservation, issues involved with
digital imaging technologies, project management, and access. Proven
record in successfully applying for and managing funded grant
projects; budgetary and resource allocation expertise essential,
along with the analytical skills to conduct cost and productivity
studies. Supervisory experience, excellent written and oral
communication skills, and the ability to work independently and
collegially in a complex, rapidly changing, and culturally diverse
environment. Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track

Salary and Benefits: Salary and rank are negotiable and competitive,
dependent upon qualifications and experience. This is a tenure-track
academic appointment that includes eligibility for sabbatical
leaves. Benefits include medical, dental and group life insurance;
TIAA/CREF retirement/annuity; and liberal vacation and sick leave.

To Apply: Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2001.
The position will remain open until filled. Send letter of
application, professional vita, and the names, addresses, and phone
numbers of four references to:

    Yolanda Cooper-Birdine
    Libraries Human Resources Officer
    Indiana University Libraries
    Main Library 201A, Bloomington, IN 47405
    Fax: 812-855-2576
    ycooperb [at] indiana__edu

For further information concerning Indiana University:
<URL:>, or employment opportunities at the IUB
Libraries: <URL:>.

Indiana University is strongly committed to achieving excellence
through cultural diversity.  The university actively encourages
applications and nominations of women, persons of color, applicants
with disabilities, and members of other under-represented groups.

Indiana University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity

                  Conservation DistList Instance 15:15
                 Distributed: Wednesday, August 8, 2001
                       Message Id: cdl-15-15-038
Received on Wednesday, 8 August, 2001

[Search all CoOL documents]

URL: http://