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Subject: Position at Harvard

Position at Harvard

From: Heather Kaufman <hkaufman<-a>
Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Preservation Review Librarian
Preservation and Imaging Services
Harvard College Library

Requisition Number 34853

Duties and Responsibilities: Reporting to the Head of Conservation
Services, the incumbent identifies and retrieves damaged and
deteriorated materials from the circulating collection of Widener
Library; assesses and sorts these items into work flows for
appropriate conservation attention and treatment. Following
principles of collections conservation, collaborates with staff
throughout the Library to ensure that damaged materials from this
heavily used collection are routed through a work flow that results
in conservation treatment, reformatting, or replacement. The
Conservation Services and Imaging Services divisions make up the
preservation department of the Harvard College Library.  Reviews,
selects and sorts at risk items from Widener Library's circulated
materials.  Tracks materials entering and leaving Conservation
Services.  Directs materials into work flows for conservation
treatment, reproduction, rehousing, or other preservation strategy,
taking into consideration format, condition, and trends and patterns
of use.  Maintains a balance between needs of collections with the
depth of preservation resources and preservation priorities.
Coordinates work with Access Services, Technical Services, and
departmental libraries.  Resolves bibliographic issues, interprets
and edits ALEPH records as appropriate, and serves as the resource
on bibliographic concerns for the conservation lab staff. Maintains
regular communication with the reformatting, binding, and shelf
preparation groups. Participates in preservation initiatives,
including project management, long-range program planning, disaster
recovery, preservation training and outreach.  Assists in the
management of conservation services.  Serves as IT Liaison and HR
Liaison for the conservation lab and binding and shelf preparation.
Serves on the Library Collections Emergency Team (LCET).

The Preservation Review Librarian supervises one half-time Library
Assistant and occasional students and temps.  This individual will
use a range of conservation equipment. This equipment is highly
specialized and many pieces require safety precautions because of
high temperatures or sharp blades. Must occasionally lift and move
up to 40 lbs, and manipulate book trucks. Job involves exposure to
dust and mold.  The work associated with this position is performed
in an office adjacent to a conservation laboratory and occasionally
in the lab.

Basic Qualifications: MLS with a specialization in preservation. Two
years of preservation experience required.  Knowledge of
preservation principles and practices, binding structures, book
manufacturing industry, and commercial library binding technology.
Working knowledge of standard software applications, including
Microsoft Word and Excel, required. Experience with integrated
library system (ILS) software required.

Additional Qualifications: Excellent oral and written communication
skills, including demonstrated ability to prepare reports, document
procedures, and conduct and interpret surveys.  Experience with
ALEPH preferred.  Strong interpersonal and organizational skills,
including the ability to establish priorities and achieve goals.
Ability to plan, organize, and direct work flows in a production
setting; to train, supervise, motivate, and evaluate staff; to
encourage team work and staff development; to initiate and adapt to
change; to analyze and solve problems; to be flexible and work
collaboratively. Ability to communicate skillfully, both orally and
in writing.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to the Harvard University
employment website at:


Heather Caldwell
Head, Conservation Services
Harvard College Library

                  Conservation DistList Instance 22:13
                 Distributed: Monday, September 1, 2008
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Received on Tuesday, 26 August, 2008

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