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Position at Yale

From: Roberta Pilette <roberta.pilette<-at->
Date: Friday, February 15, 2013
Digital Preservation Manager
Preservation Department
Yale University Library
New Haven, CT

Rank:  Librarian 1-5 (Grade 23-29)

Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)


    Note:The position requires a Master's degree but not an MLS. We
    are very interested in someone with a strong technical
    background who has worked with a wide variety of people across a
    system, whether academic or not, in instituting a digital

    Please pass this posting information along to those who may be
    interested. If there are questions regarding the position, please
    feel free to contact me at roberta.pilette<-at->yale<.>edu

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and
growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between
Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of
Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art
museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art
concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art,
Drama, and Music.

The University and the Library: The Yale University Library, as one
of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes,
preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique
record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual
growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale
University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive
strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 12.8
million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient
papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library
is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical
and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the
Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript
Library, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse
staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and
flexible services to library readers. For additional information on
the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at


The Preservation Department


Yale University Library's Preservation Department, started in 1971,
is one of the oldest in the country.   It has strong administrative
support and has played a major role in the development of the
preservation field. The Department has system wide responsibilities
and consists of units covering conservation of special and
circulating collections as well as exhibition preparation;
reformatting of special collections materials and circulating
materials;  mass deacidification;  and staff and user-education and
consultation on wide variety of preservation concerns.

Position Focus: Reporting to the Director of Preservation, the
Digital Preservation Manager (DPM) will develop a plan to ensure
effective acquisition, description, preservation, security of and
provision of access to all Yale Library digital components that must
be preserved indefinitely. While reporting to the Director of
Preservation, it is expected the DPM will work closely with and
coordinate digital policies and procedures with Library and
University IT and with Library departments/units that have born
digital collection material, including but not limited to
commercially produced e-resources, and significant digital
surrogates of analog material.

Principal Responsibilities:

    The Librarian 1 is the beginning rank and is expected to
    demonstrate excellence in meeting the position responsibilities,
    as defined by the job description and annual goals.

    Begin to fulfill the criteria for service to the library,
    university, and/or community.

    Begin to fulfill the criteria for professional contributions.

    For a complete description of the department, please see the
    department URL.

Position Responsibilities:

    Researches, develops, documents, and implements a digital
    preservation program building out of the new Hydra
    infrastructure taking on a key role to ensure preservation of
    all Library digital collections of enduring value:

        Reviews existing Library practices and analyzes needs and
        establishes policies and best practices for the long-term
        protection and access to digital materials of all types,
        both created by or acquired by the Library taking into
        consideration Yale's continuing participation in LOCKSS,
        CLOCKSS, and Portico;  and

        Works with Library IT and University ITS in the development
        of a Trusted Digital Repository (TDR) for Library digital

        Advises Library staff and develops guidelines for
        acquisition and long-term preservation of born digital
        materials, including the coordination of long-term
        preservation strategies for commercial e-resources.

        Works closely and collaboratively with cataloging staff,
        archivists, curators, collection managers, Library IT, and
        text and image specialists to ensure consistent procedures
        and guidelines and to integrate digital preservation policy
        requirements into broader organizational policies and

        Works with Library IT and University ITS to develop an
        overall migration strategy that ensures materials in
        standard and non-standard or obsolete digital formats are
        migrated so as to minimize introduction of generational loss
        or compromising of authenticity.

        Prepares digital preservation project proposal guidelines,
        including specifications for vendor services that support
        digital preservation as well as templates for Request for
        Proposals (RFPs) and vendor contracts.

        Educates Library staff in the essentials of the Library
        digital preservation program through workshops, web sites,
        and handbooks, etc.

        Creates and maintains a complex network of professional
        relationships inside the Library, the University, and
        throughout the digital and library professions, in order to
        increase the capability of the Library system to preserve
        its digital collections.

        Develops and maintains disaster recovery planning and policy
        document for digital materials in coordination with the
        Library IT and University ITS departments.

Required Education and Experience:

    Master's degree in Library Science from an American Library
    Association accredited Library school. In selected instances, a
    post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or
    substituted for an MLS. Appointment to this rank is limited to
    two years at which time it is expected that the individual will
    develop necessary requirements to meet expectations of
    performance at the Librarian 2 level.

Required Skills and Abilities:

    Appointment to Librarian 2 requires at least 3 years of relevant
    professional experience; Librarian 3 rank requires at least 5
    years of experience; Librarian 4 at least 8 years of experience;
    and Librarian 5 at least 12 years of experience; and
    demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the

    Demonstrated ability and success in the development and/or
    management of a digital library, archive or repository.
    Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, define and manage large,
    complex technology projects.

    Demonstrated knowledge of current research on contingency plans
    against threats to the digital collections, such as industry
    changes to file formats, natural disaster, and security
    breaches.  Demonstrated knowledge of the vibrant and changing
    landscape of digital preservation management.

    Demonstrated ability to meet the preservation challenges facing
    academic libraries along with ability in one or more digital
    asset management systems; i.e. CONTENTdm, Artesia, FEDORA, etc.
    Demonstrated ability with current technologies, standards and
    practice in preservation of digital collections.

    Excellent oral and written communication skills.

    Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills:

    Project management training.

    Familiarity with the requirements of a Trusted Digital

    Demonstrated knowledge of Intellectual Property and Rights
    management as it relates to digital assets.

    Familiarity with preservation principles and procedures relating
    to library materials.

Salary and Benefits: We invite you to discover the excitement,
diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University.
One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers
exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true
growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide
variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic
family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits,
extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and
contact information of three professional references should be sent
by creating an account and applying online at


for immediate consideration. The STARS req ID for this position is
20229BR.  Please be sure to reference #20229BR in your cover letter.

Background Check Requirements: All external candidates for
employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening
for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks
based on the position description and job requirements. Internal
candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for
this position based on the position description and job
requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of
the required background check.  Please visit


for additional information on the background check requirements and

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and
strongly encourages applications from women and members of
underrepresented minority groups.

Bobbie Pilette
Director, Preservation Dept
Yale University Library
New Haven, CT

                  Conservation DistList Instance 26:38
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Received on Friday, 15 February, 2013

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