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Subject: Position at Northwestern

Position at Northwestern

From: Scott W. Devine <s-devine<-at->
Date: Friday, October 9, 2009
Preservation Librarian
Preservation Department
Northwestern University Library

Technical Services and Resource Management (TSRM)
Reports to: Head, Preservation Department

Description of Duties: Under the general supervision of the Head of
the Preservation Department, the Preservation Librarian assumes
primary responsibility for major preventive preservation functions
within the Preservation Department.  The Preservation Librarian
directly manages commercial binding, shelf preparation,
reformatting, and mass deacidification and works closely with the
department head to design and complete collection surveys and
develop grant proposals for major preservation projects.  The
Preservation Librarian works closely with librarians and curators
throughout the Library, including staff in the Digital Collections
Department.  The Preservation Librarian advises on preservation
issues related to digitizing projects and works closely with the
Preservation Department Head and other library staff to address
issues of long-term digital preservation, including digital
repository planning and development.

Management and Supervision: Manages critical preventive programs
including marking and shelf preparation, commercial binding, mass
deacidification, and microfilming.  Supervises a staff of 3
full-time employees; insures that materials are marked and labeled
accurately; supervises all bindery preparation work; manages weekly
binding shipments and associated financial accounts; works with
vendors to organize ongoing mass deacidification and microfilming

Collections Maintenance:  Manages preventive collections maintenance
projects such as boxmaking and encapsulation.  Assists in planning
and implementing collection surveys and multi-divisional and
multi-institutional grant-funded projects.  Works closely with
Department Head and Conservation Librarian to develop and implement
policies, standards and procedures for the physical care of Library
collections; provides technical advice on housing, storage,
handling, and repair options for library collections. Actively
participates in disaster response planning and recovery initiatives.

Digital Projects and Digital Preservation Planning:  Advises the
Digital Collections Department staff and staff from other units on
the suitability of collections for digitization, consults on
digitization standards and best practices, and answers questions
related to the physical handling and final disposition of
collections that are being digitized.  Works with the Preservation
Department Head to address issues related to the long term
preservation of digital content through in-house repository
development or involvement in cooperative programs.

Environmental Monitoring and Pest Management:  Manages environmental
monitoring and pest management programs; downloads environmental
data from dataloggers in multiple locations, analyzes data and
produces quarterly reports; works with Preservation Department Head
and facilities officers throughout the organization to promote a
proactive approach to facilities issues; may serve as primary
departmental liaison for planning collection moves.

Outreach and Training: Works with Department Head and Conservation
Librarian to design and present workshops and training seminars;
offers orientation for new library staff;  prepares flyers, guides
and exhibits as needed; assists in presenting lectures and tours for
the general public.

Professional Development: Stays current with new developments in the
field of library preservation and conservation; conducts research to
further Library and departmental goals; represents the Library at
regional, national and international meetings of preservation and
conservation professionals.

Qualifications: Required:  Master's degree from a recognized
preservation or conservation training program or equivalent
combination of education and experience.  Extensive knowledge of
current preservation and conservation practices; knowledge of
digitization standards and best practices, especially for audio and
film collections; ability to communicate effectively about a broad
range of preservation services and options. Demonstrated management
and supervisory skills and a strong service orientation are also
required. Preferred:  Five years preservation or conservation
experience in a recognized research library preservation program,
demonstrating increasing management and supervisory

Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.

To Apply: Send letter of application and resume, including names of
three references, to

    Peter J. Devlin
    Personnel Librarian
    Northwestern University Library
    1970 Campus Drive
    Evanston, Illinois  60208-2300

  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until
position is filled.  Northwestern University is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Employment eligibility
verification required upon hire.

Scott W. Devine
Head of Preservation
Northwestern University Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, Illinois 60208
Fax: 847-491-8306

                  Conservation DistList Instance 23:12
                 Distributed: Tuesday, October 13, 2009
                       Message Id: cdl-23-12-018
Received on Friday, 9 October, 2009

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