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Position at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

From: Jennifer Hain Teper <jhain<-at->
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Visiting Media Preservation Coordinator
Visiting Academic Professional
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position is open immediately.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks applications
for a Media Preservation Coordinator. The incumbent will provide a
range of preservation and reformatting services for sound
recordings, moving images, and photographic materials held primarily
in the University Library's special collections but also in general
circulating collections. The Media Preservation Coordinator reports
to the Head of Preservation and serves all of the University
Libraries, coordinating media reformatting and preservation
services. Collections to be served include the University Archives,
Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Music and Performing Arts Library,
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, smaller special
collections based in several units across campus, and the general
collections. This is a full-time, visiting, academic professional

Responsibilities: This position plays a key role in preserving the
University of Illinois Library's valuable and unique collections by
enhancing the University's capacity to preserve recorded sound and
moving image materials. The incumbent will report to the Head of
Preservation, and maintains a number of critical working
relationships with units and groups that are engaged in
preservation, curation, and access to media; including Digital
Content Creation, Library IT, and campus efforts focused on media
asset preservation and access that is core to the University's
research and teaching mission. The coordinator will assist
archivists, subject librarians, and collection managers in
identifying at-risk collections, will suggest appropriate
reformatting options, and will direct the day-to-day operation of
reformatting projects. Specific responsibilities will include:

    Systematically surveying collections and providing storage

    Researching reformatting options and preparing recommendations
    for specific collections or items

    Preparing estimates and developing project workflows

    Collating and preparing materials for conversion/reformatting

    Monitoring conversion quality

    Tracking expenditures of funds

    Assisting in the preparation of grant proposals

    Identifying vendors and completing RFPs for services

    Collaborating with other library personnel to develop
    appropriate access methods and tools for digitized collections.

The coordinator will also work closely with the collection managers
holding audiovisual materials to establish and manage a program to
identify, reformat, and provide access to valuable audiovisual/media
collections that are currently found in a variety of fragile and
semi-obsolete formats, including 16 and 35 mm film, acetate disk,
and magnetic tape. The coordinator will also work closely with the
Library's digital preservation program, and will be involved with
the planning and implementation of digital repository technologies,
and will serve as a member of the Library's Visual Resources group,
led by the Head of Digital Content Creation.

Environment: The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign
is one of the preeminent research collections in the nation and the
world. With almost 11 million volumes and a total of 23 million
items, it ranks highly among academic libraries in the United States
and first among public university libraries in the world. As the
intellectual heart of the campus, the Library is committed to
maintaining the strongest collections and services possible and
engaging in research and development activities, both of which
support the University's mission of teaching, research, and public
service. The University of Illinois Library is the third largest
academic library in the United States and has a collection of more
than ten million volumes. The Library employs approximately 100
library faculty and 300 library staff. For more information, see

The Library consists of more than forty departmental libraries that
are located throughout campus and administratively organized into
eight divisions. The Preservation Unit reports to the Associate
University Librarian for Collections and works in tandem with the
Conservation Unit. Formed in 2001, the Library's Preservation and
Conservation Program has developed rapidly to meet the needs of a
collection rich in material resources. The Media Preservation
Coordinator will provide new services for the University Libraries
on behalf of the Preservation Unit. More information about the units
development, history, and current capacities is available at



Required: A Bachelor's degree. Training or experience in audio or
audio-visual engineering, production, or preservation. Strong
written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated ability to meet
production deadlines and goals. Ability to lift a 30 pound box to a
height of 5 feet.

Preferred: Graduate degree with training in preservation or
audio-video production; supervisory experience; experience assessing
and evaluating library or archival materials in order to develop and
coordinate preservation projects; professional or pre-professional
experience reformatting non-print items; demonstrated experience
with analog media sources; experience applying audio-visual
preservation guidelines and prioritizing needs in an institutional
environment; familiarity, training or experience with archival
management and operations, such as appraisal, arrangement, and
description; experience contributing to grant applications;
demonstrated ability to work with a diverse constituency of
university personnel; demonstrated knowledge of metadata and
cataloging standards; experience working with commercial service

Salary and Rank: Salary and rank commensurate with credentials and
experience. This is a visiting, full-time academic professional
appointment. Terms of Appointment: Twelve month appointment for up
to three years; 24 work days vacation per year; 11 paid holidays; 12
annual sick leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 days
(non-cumulative) per year if necessary; health insurance, requiring
a small co-payment, is provided to employee (coverage for dependents
may be purchased); participation in State Universities Retirement
System is required, includes several private options, is compulsory
(8% of staff member's salary is withheld and is refundable upon
termination); newly hired university employees are covered by the
Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its

Campus and Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university
(Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the
best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and
graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts
theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the
state and the nation. It employs 2,000 faculty members who serve
26,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate and professional students;
approximately 25% of faculty receive campus wide recognition each
year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus
is available at <URL:> .

The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and
Urbana, which have a combined population of 104,000 and is situated
about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis,
and 170 miles northeast of St. Louis. The University and its
surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational
environment ideally suited to the work of a major research

Apply: Please complete your candidate profile at
<URL:> and upload your cover letter, resume,
and names and e-mail addresses (where available) or phone numbers of
three professional references. All requested information must be
submitted for your application to be considered. Deadline: In order
to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be
received by November 10, 2009. Interviews may occur before the
closing date, but no decision will be made prior to the close of the
search. For further information, please contact Cindy Kelly at

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff embrace
diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who
also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 23:13
                Distributed: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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Received on Wednesday, 14 October, 2009

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