The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 23, Number 6


Head of Media Preservation
Preservation Department, Stanford University

The Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources seeks an experienced professional with an academic research library, archive or museum background to coordinate the Media Preservation Program.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Head of the Preservation Department, you will develop and implement programs and policies to affect the long-term preservation of, and access to, print and non-print materials in all collection areas. Responsibilities include providing enhanced access to materials by electronic means, managing reformatting operations, and participating in policy development efforts and funding opportunities. You will also manage the Media Preservation staff and work independently and collaboratively with several other departments.

Qualifications: To qualify, you must have an MLS from an ALA-accredited library school or a recognized graduate program in the conservation of library, archive or museum materials or equivalent training and experience and the demonstrated capacity to work and communicate effectively in complex team based environments. Requires experience in one or more of the following: traditional reformatting operations, reformatting print and manuscript materials using electronic technologies and the preservation of non-print and/or electronic materials. A working knowledge of image capture and storage environments, a range of computing platforms, database design or management, and the technical aspects of the preparation of digital texts and other electronic resources and familiarity with metadata issues are highly desired.

Applications: For consideration, send a cover letter, a complete statement of qualifications, a full resume of education and relevant experience and the names and addresses of 3 references to Connie Brooks, Head, Preservation Department, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA 94305-6004. Applications received by March 31, 2000 will receive priority consideration; applications will be considered until the position is filled. For information on this and other positions, see us on the Web at AA/EOE

Head Librarian, Preservation Services
General Libraries, University of Texas at Austin

The Head Librarian, Preservation Services, is responsible for the physical care of a wide variety of library materials in the General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin library system. The General Libraries consists of a central research collection (the Perry-Castaneda Library), an undergraduate library, ten branch libraries, two storage libraries and several special collections. For more information, please see UT Library Online at This position reports to the Head Librarian, Technical Services Operations Division.

Responsibilities: The Preservation Services Head Librarian establishes conservation priorities and treatment strategies for the collection in consultation with the Head Librarian, Technical Services Operations Division and the Head Librarian, Collections and Information Resources Division with primary emphasis on the library's circulating materials. Primary responsibilities include: Management of Preservation Services book repair, pamphlet binding and bindery preparation units, including supervision of seven (full-time equivalent) classified staff. Manage the binding and preservation supplies budget. Train branch and special collection staff in repair, housing and cleaning techniques for library materials. Coordinate the use of the automated binding system (LARS). Act as member of the Library's Disaster Action Team. Monitor the environments of the storage libraries. The position works closely with other library units and staff, cooperates with other conservation staff on the UT-Austin campus and maintains communications with conservators nationally and with the UT Graduate School of Library and Information Science Preservation and Education Programs for Libraries and Archives.

Required Qualifications: MLS from an ALA accredited graduate program or a bachelor's degree and two years of professional level experience in a library preservation or conservation program. Certification in the conservation of library and archival materials from an ALA accredited graduate program or equivalent experience. Experience in collection treatments associated with a conservation laboratory dedicated to general collections in a research library preservation or conservation program. Demonstrated knowledge of current conservation and library binding techniques.

Preferred Qualifications: Two or more years post graduate experience as a conservator for general collections in a research library preservation or conservation program. Binding budget experience. Automated binding system experience. Successful supervisory experience. Strong analytical skills, flexibility and ability to exercise initiative in a changing environment. Ability to be innovative with existing resources. Excellent communication skills. Demonstrated potential leadership and ability to work independently and as part of a group in a collegial setting with staff from other library and University areas.

Salary and Benefits: Salary range is $38,000 to $44,000 annually or more depending upon qualifications and experience. No state or local income tax. Standard state benefits package. Retirement plan options.

Recruiting Schedule: To ensure consideration, applications should be received by May 1, 2000, but will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, send a letter of interest including a statement of salary requirements, a resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references to: Carol Sisson, The University of Texas at Austin, The General Libraries, P.O. Box P, Austin, Texas 78713-8916. Job #00-03-08-09-0080. Women and Minority Candidates are encouraged to apply. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

U.S. Jobs Announced in Other Publications

Conservation Assistant Yale University Library Mar. 00
Preservation Reformatting Librarian Univ. of Kentucky Libraries Mar. 00
Preservation Technician NEDCC Feb. 00
Getty Grant Program Funded Internship Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center Feb. 00
Environmental Monitoring Getty Conservation Institute Feb. 00
Collections Conservator MSU Libraries Jan. 00
Coordinator of Digital Archiving and Preservation Harvard U. Library Jan. 00
Paper/Parchment Conservator Vatican Secret Archives Feb. 00
Preservation Assessment Librarian U. of North Carolina Feb. 00

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