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Position at University of Virginia

From: Holly Robertson <har8n<-a>
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008
Head, Preservation Services
University of Virginia Library

I will be leaving the University of Virginia Library at the end of
this month to begin new adventures in Washington DC.   Please
consider applying for the position Head, Preservation Services. Many
amazing opportunities await a well-qualified applicant with a vision
for the expansion of a digitally savvy preservation program in the
collaborative and dynamic environment at the University of Virginia

Rarely does one get to announce their soon-to-be former position for
their organization.  The speed with which the U.Va. Library approved
this posting reflects their strong commitment to this preservation
program and the essential role of this position in the Library's

The University of Virginia Library seeks a creative and energetic
professional for the position of Head, Preservation Services.  The
Head of Preservation Services will lead the Library in creating
programs and services that ensure the longevity and utility of our
circulating and special collections for current and future users of
the library.

Preservation Services supports the teaching and research programs of
the University of Virginia by facilitating and preserving access to
the collections of the University of Virginia Library. Units within
Preservation Services include Library Binding and Shelf Preparation,
Audio and Moving Image Preservation, and Conservation. Preservation
activities at U.Va. are undergoing an exciting period of growth.
With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the U.Va. Library
will hire a Conservator for University Library Collections, build a
conservation lab and develop a program for the treatment of general
and special collections. Capital campaign efforts are underway to
establish an endowment that supports ongoing preservation efforts.
Preservation Services is a department within Content Management
Services and it partners with units throughout the library to set
standards and policies for preservation, participate in special
projects, and educate via preservation programming.

The University of Virginia Library <URL:>
is a leader in innovative customer service, the development of
digital library initiatives and infrastructure, and is recognized
for the strength and variety of its collections.  The Library system
consists of twelve libraries, with independent libraries for health
sciences, law, and business. The libraries support 13,000
undergraduates, 6,500 graduate students and 1,600 teaching faculty.
The University and the Library have a strong commitment to achieving
diversity among faculty and staff. The Neoclassical buildings of
founder Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village still serves as the
center of the University's Grounds
<URL:> and as a unique
backdrop for teaching, learning, and research.

Responsibilities:  Reporting to the Director of Content Management
Services, the Head of Preservation Services

    Oversees administrative operations for the preservation of
    materials in all formats for the Library;

    Coordinates the operational components of the Library's
    preservation program including initiatives such as collections
    disaster planning and user education programs on preservation

    Directly supervises one professional, 3 paraprofessionals and is
    responsible for the effective performance of student assistants;

    Pursues and administers grant proposals for preservation


Required: Master's degree in Library or Information Science from an
ALA-accredited program or equivalent advanced degree.

Preferred: Candidates should have a minimum of two years experience
in management of preservation units. They should possess broad
understanding of and experience in preservation activities in an
academic research library setting and knowledge of emerging trends
in preservation including both conservation and sustaining
collections in a digital environment. They should demonstrate
organizational skills in planning, prioritizing, and achieving
goals; supervision of a diverse staff of all levels; experience
managing budgets and managing multiple projects. Candidates should
possess a high level of commitment to the field of preservation as
evidenced by continuing education or by related professional
activities or research.  They should possess excellent oral and
written communication skills including presentation experience and
grant writing ability.

Salary and Benefits:  Competitive depending on qualifications. This
position has Administrative and Professional faculty status with
excellent benefits, including 22 days of vacation and TIAA/CREF and
other retirement plans. Review of applications will begin October
12, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled.  Applicants
must apply through the University of Virginia online employment
website at

Search by position number FP414, complete application, and attach
cover letter and resume, with contact information for three current,
professional references.  For assistance with this process contact
Library Human Resources at (434) 924-3081.

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action employer strongly committed to achieving excellence through
cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications
and nominations from members of underrepresented groups.

Holly Robertson
Head, Preservation Services
University of Virginia Library
Alderman Library
Preservation - Rm 113
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4105

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