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Position at NYU Libraries

From: Paula de Stefano <pd3<-at->
Date: Monday, February 11, 2013
Preservation Archivist
New York University Libraries

(Three year term)

New York University Libraries seeks a Preservation Archivist to
manage the preservation program for the paper-based archives and
special collections held in the Fales Library, Downtown Collection,
Tamiment Library, Wagner Labor Archives, and the University
Archives. The Preservation Archivist reports to the head of the
Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Department.
Responsibilities include:  administering preservation policies and
procedures for the proper care, handling, and storage of
collections; identifying fragile materials and poor housing
conditions within the special collections; designing and
implementing collection-wide preservation projects to address
storage and housing problems; documenting guidelines for the care
and use of the collections; managing the environmental monitoring
program for three separate facilities; designing and executing
preservation assessments and surveys of archival collections;
hiring, training, and supervising students; collaborating with
special collections staff on preservation projects and disaster
preparedness; cooperating with the Division of Libraries'
Conservation Librarian and Moving Image Preservation Specialist, as
needed, to promote alignment of project initiatives with other
preservation and conservation activities.

The Preservation Archivist will provide instruction for special
collections curators, archivists, and part-time students in
techniques to safeguard collection materials and also help them
develop proactive preservation policies and procedures that can be
integrated into routine accessioning and processing procedures, and
reference services. S/he will also accompany and advise curators and
archivists in the acquisition and appraisal process to identify
preservation issues prior to acquiring collections.

The Collections:

    The Fales Library houses the Fales collection of rare books and
    manuscripts in English and American literature, as well as a
    wide range of objects and media in the Downtown Collection and
    other special collections. The Tamiment Library and Robert F.
    Wagner Labor Archives form a unique, internationally-known
    center for scholarly research on Labor and the Left: book,
    document, print, photographs, film, and oral history collections
    describe the history of the labor movement and how it relates to
    the broader struggle for economic, social, and political change.
    The New York University Archives serves as the final repository
    for the historical records of NYU. Its primary purpose is to
    document the history of the University, founded in 1831, and to
    provide source material for administrators, faculty, students,
    alumni, and other members of the University community, as well
    as scholars, authors, and other interested persons who seek to
    evaluate the impact of the University's activities on the
    history of American social, cultural, and intellectual


    MLS or MA in history or related subject area is required.  A
    certificate in archival management is preferred. Knowledge of
    current preservation strategies and standards for the care,
    handling and storage of special collections is required.  A
    thorough understanding of archival theory and management and
    familiarity with conservation ethics and methodology is
    required. Knowledge of current developments within the archives,
    special collections, preservation and conservation professions
    is expected. Ability to work independently and collegially with
    a wide range of staff and in team environments is required. Must
    possess excellent written and oral communication skills and show
    a commitment to professional issues demonstrated through strong
    interest in local or national committee work, research, or
    publication. The candidate should have demonstrated project
    management, analytical skills, and problem solving abilities.

    Applicants must have demonstrated professional accomplishments
    and a minimum of two years professional working experience in
    archives and special collections. Applicants should also have
    experience in developing, designing, and carrying out condition
    surveys and assessments and experience in preservation and
    collections care techniques. Preferred candidates will have
    demonstrated skills in basic conservation treatments, such as
    simple document repair, humidification and flattening, and mold
    remediation, and constructing custom-made enclosures.

    Knowledge of and experience with MS Access and Excel is
    required. Preferred candidates will also have enhanced computer
    skills and will be familiar with Archivists' Toolkit.


    The position is a three-year, full-time professional position.
    Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package
    includes four weeks annual vacation.

To apply, visit NYU Careers Center

Attach letter of application and complete resume, including names,
addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three (3)
references to:

    Enrique Yanez,
    Director, Human Resources
    NYU Libraries
    70 Washington Square South
    11th Floor
    New York, NY 10012

Position open until filled; priority consideration will be given to
applications received by March 30, 2013.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Paula De Stefano
Barbara Goldsmith Curator for Preservation
Head, Preservation Department
New York University Libraries
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Fax: 212-995-4566

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