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Position at Ohio State University

From: Greg Newman <newman.25<-a>
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Head, Preservation and Reformatting
University Libraries
Ohio State University

As The Ohio State University charts a course from excellence to
eminence, the University Libraries is seeking a leader with strong
skills in analysis, innovation, and collaboration to care for
collections that underpin this evolution. The Head of Preservation
and Reformatting plays a leading role in the life-cycle management
of the Libraries' collections, directing and advancing a diverse
portfolio of related services encompassing conservation,
preservation, and reformatting of collections.

The position reports to the Associate Director for Collections,
Technical Services, and Scholarly Communication and manages units
that include 14 staff and 6 FTE student assistants. The Head of
Preservation and Reformatting will work in a highly integrated
environment to create and implement innovative approaches to
providing efficient stewardship of its collections. Programs within
the department include digitization, bindery and end-processing,
conservation and treatment, and electronic reserves. The Head is
also the Chief Preservation Officer for the University Libraries.

The Ohio State University Libraries hold over seven million volumes
plus a diversity of special and archival collections in a wide range
of formats and multiple library facilities including a high-density
storage unit. Digital reformatting is an area of current growth and
development in concert with a range of investments in fostering the
discovery and use of distinctive collections held by the University

Partnerships with other libraries are integral to preservation and
digitization strategies for University Libraries. The Head will
operate in an environment of active consortial engagement through
the CIC, HathiTrust, OhioLINK, and other cooperative programs. The
Libraries are also currently lending collections for scanning to the
Google Books Project with the CIC.

Key Responsibilities

    Provides vision, focus, and leadership for reformatting,
    conservation and preservation activities within the Libraries

    Functions as the Libraries' chief preservation officer, serving
    as a preservation advocate and leading in planning for
    activities such as disaster response, supporting space planning
    to ensure appropriate environmental conditions for housing
    collections in all formats, etc.

    Manages the department's programs including digitization,
    conservation, end processing, bindery prep, e-reserves and the
    Libraries' Logan Elm Press

    Develops and implements strategy for in-house and outsourced
    reformatting of the Libraries distinctive collections

    Maintains a robust conservation program with support for the
    Libraries' active exhibitions program

    Develops policies and specifications related to preservation and
    reformatting Library collections

    Manages preservation budgets and endowments and contributes to
    grant development related to preservation and digitization

    Contributes to planning and leadership within the Collections,
    Technical Services and Scholarly Communication Division

    Contributes to planning and developing digital preservation
    strategy for the Libraries

    Build and maintain a research program and service profile
    related to preservation and/or digital reformatting. Presents
    and publishes in appropriate venues in order to raise own and
    Libraries' profile

Qualifications (Required)

    ALA accredited MLS/MLIS degree or equivalent preparation in a
    related field

    Minimum of three years professional experience working with
    preserving, conserving or digitizing library, archival, or
    museum collections

    Knowledge and understanding of 21st century collections issues
    regarding preservation and/or digital reformatting, emerging
    practices, standards, and trends relating to collection
    preservation, conservation, and reformatting

    Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategy in
    leading a program or initiative

    Experience in evaluating workflows and successfully designing or
    enhancing production-oriented work processes

    Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as
    collaboratively, to plan, coordinate, and implement effective

    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both orally
    and in writing

    Ability to meet the requirements of promotion and tenure;
    commitment to professional development and service

Qualifications (Desired)

    Evidence of successful and creative management of staff and

    Experience with developing and implementing digital preservation
    plans or initiatives

    Experience with disaster preparedness, response, and recovery

    Success in obtaining grant funding for reformatting,
    preservation, or conservation projects

    Familiarity with copyright issues related to reformatting

To Learn More

Rank/Salary: This is a full-time, permanent, 12-month tenure-track
faculty appointment. Salary and faculty rank are dependent on
qualifications and experience.

Benefits: The University offers competitive benefits in the form of
22 days vacation, 15 days sick leave, 10 holidays, hospitalization,
major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, long-term
disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one's annual
salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available.
For a summary of benefits, see:


Application: Nominations or applications will be accepted until the
position is filled. Preference will be given to applications
received by March 14, 2014. Please send letter of interest with a
current resume and name, address, phone, salary history and
requirements, and email address of three references to Greg Newman
<newman.25<-a t->osu< . >edu>. Please include Head, Preservation and
Reformatting Application in the subject field.


    Greg Newman
    Human Resources
    1858 Neil Avenue Mall
    OH 43210

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:30
                Distributed: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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Received on Tuesday, 21 January, 2014

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