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Job: Head, Library Preservation at Princeton University

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Princeton University Library is searching for an innovative and dynamic
individual to head the Library's Preservation Office. The Preservation Office
serves the Princeton University Library system as well as University faculty,
students, staff and community. Princeton University Library is one of
America's most prestigious research libraries and boasts many world-renowned
collections across many academic disciplines with more than 7 million printed
volumes, 5 million manuscripts, and 2 million non-print items. The holdings in
its central library and 10 specialized libraries range from ancient papyri and
incunabula to the most advanced electronic databases and digital collections.
The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300
professional and support personnel, complemented by a large student and hourly
workforce. More information can be found at the Library's Web site:
http://library.princeton.edu

  
The position of Head, Library Preservation, will lead and develop the
Library's preservation and conservation work, and will contribute to new
strategic planning for the transformation of preservation efforts from a
largely analog environment to an increasingly digital one. This position will
head a Conservation unit which treats materials in Special Collections
throughout the Library system and also a Collections Conservation unit which
handles material from all general collections. The Head, in consultation with
all relevant stakeholders, will develop Princeton's long term preservation
strategies for print and other analog library collections. The successful
candidate will also work with Library Digital Initiatives staff to develop
policies, procedures, and best practices for long term preservation of the
Library's growing collection of digital assets. Working collaboratively with
various units in the Library currently involved in digitization, will help
develop new approaches to preservation driven digital work. This position also
oversees the full range of library preservation efforts, including, but not
limited to, disaster response planning and recovery initiatives, collaborating
on critical preventive programs such as commercial binding or deacidification
projects, manages environmental monitoring and pest management programs, and
manages environmental datalogger installations in multiple locations. Also
advises on library facilities projects. The position works with conservation
staff, curators, and unit heads to design and present workshops and training
seminars. The Head of Preservation actively leads and participates in disaster
response efforts, and deploys the Preservation staff who are designated "first
responders" for conservation emergencies. This position manages a large
endowment income which funds much of the Library's preservation efforts.

  
The Preservation Office and Lab is housed in Firestone Library, which is
undergoing a 10 year long renovation project. The successful candidate will
work with Preservation staff to define the space needs, as well as new
practices and workflows that will comprehensively serve the preservation needs
of the PUL system and its collections. This position will also coordinate
preservation assessment efforts, whether systematic or ad hoc, and will make
recommendations for long term preservation and access for collections in
danger. Writes or assists with writing grant proposals for funding
preservation projects of all types. Position will report to the Deputy
University Librarian.

Essential Qualifications Required: MLS degree from an ALA-accredited library
program or equivalent experience. Strong library preservation experience or
equivalent training/experience. Minimum 3 years of relevant professional
experience. A candidate must have strong demonstrated leadership and
supervisory skills, as well as organizational and planning skills,
demonstrated analytical thinking and problem-solving skills, and the ability
to work in a complex, collaborative, and changing environment with diverse
staff and users. He/she must have excellent communication skills, both written
and oral. He/she must be knowledgeable of new technologies and strategies that
affect the field of preservation. The candidate must have demonstrated
experience managing an array of diversified projects as well as managing
budgets, and must have a proven record in grant writing and fund-procurement,
as well as familiarity with funding agencies for print, audio, video, and
digital formats.

  
Preferred Qualifications Preferred: Experience in preservation lab design.
Basic knowledge of the history of the book, knowledge of current working tools
of the Library, including software and bibliographic tools and standards.
Knowledge of digital imaging systems and standards for various types of
materials and experience in digital preservation of text, audio, and video
files a definite plus.



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