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Subject: Position at MIT

Position at MIT

From: Jennifer S. Banks <jsbanks>
Date: Friday, February 17, 2006
Preservation Services Librarian
Collection Management Services
(Librarian I)
MIT Libraries

The MIT Libraries seek an enthusiastic and creative librarian to
provide leadership of its preservation and general collections
conservation program.  This is an exciting opportunity to manage a
comprehensive program for a world-renowned university and support
access for students and faculty to MIT's rich collections.
Preservation Services was renovated in 2002, and provides a
well-designed and equipped workspace where staff perform
preservation treatments for general collections.  The adjoining E.
Martin and Ethel Wunsch Conservation Laboratory (for special
collections) shares space with Preservation Services.  For more
information about Preservation Services go to

Responsibilities: The Preservation Services Librarian will lead the
preservation program for the general collections of the MIT
Libraries.  S/he will coordinate with the special collections
conservator to provide a strong program for all of MIT's
collections. S/he will develop and implement plans for in-house and
outsourced operations, including general collections conservation,
commercial binding, shelf preparation, and reformatting. The
incumbent will work collaboratively with the collections staff of
individual libraries and with staff of the Institute Archives and
Special Collections to set priorities and determine appropriate
preservation strategies for the collections. S/he will determine
treatments in response to diverse general collection conservation
goals and train and oversee staff in undertaking these treatments.
The incumbent will direct outreach to both users and staff,
coordinate disaster preparedness and response, and will participate
in resource development activities including donor relations, campus
events and grant proposals. S/he will monitor emerging preservation
technologies in analog and digital media, with possible growth in
responsibilities to include digital preservation. The Preservation
Services Librarian will train support staff in unit operations,
manage workflow, and monitor quality assurance and productivity.
S/he will manage budgets, oversee supply and equipment purchasing
and prepare management and statistical reports. S/he will also
participate in system-wide committees and projects as appropriate.
The Preservation Services Librarian will report to the Head of
Collection Management Services. S/he will have full supervisory
responsibility for 2.6 support staff, student assistants, and
temporary workers.

Qualifications: Required--An MLS/MSLIS from an ALA-accredited
library school with advanced study in the preservation and
conservation of library and archival materials, or with subsequent
work in a preservation position or as a collections conservator.
Substantial knowledge of the theory and practice of preservation and
conservation, including strong bench skills.  (Candidates who are
interviewed will be asked to present a portfolio of recent
conservation treatments.)  Well-developed interpersonal and
communication skills and ability to work effectively in an
environment which focuses on collaboration and service excellence.
Demonstrated organizational and problem solving skills, flexibility
and ability to manage projects and competing priorities. Supervisory
experience or demonstrated supervisory potential.  Evidence of
initiative, creativity and potential to succeed in a production
oriented, rapidly changing, research library environment. Candidates
are expected to demonstrate a genuine interest and enthusiasm for
the position. Preferred--pre-professional or professional library
experience; experience in an academic or research library.

Hiring Salary:  $43,000 minimum.  Actual salary will depend on
qualifications and experience.

Review of applications will begin April 3, 2006.  Send cover letter,
resume, and names and addresses of three current references to
resumes-lib [at] mit__edu or:

    Search Committee for Preservation Librarian
    MIT Libraries
    Room 14S-324
    77 Massachusetts Ave.
    Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139-4307

MIT offers excellent benefits including a choice of health and
retirement plans, a dental plan, 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 and travel funding for professional

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

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