Texas A&M University Libraries is seeking an experienced, creative,
collaborative and dynamic professional to establish and lead its Preservation
and Conservation program. The William and Susan Ouren Preservation Librarian
will work in a collaborative environment, partner with colleagues throughout
the Libraries to develop and implement a strategic, systematic program to
preserve and provide access to Libraries assets in all formats, physical and
digital. This is an academic appointment carrying clinical faculty status and
responsibilities, including professional service, to meet both the Libraries'
and University's requirements for promotion.

With over 4 million printed volumes, in addition to growing archival and
digital collections, TAMU Libraries is committed to ensuring access to these
materials for current and future generations of scholars.
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of
the wide range of preservation and conservation issues and current trends,
including digital preservation, at the national and international
level. Proactive advocacy and application of preservation
principles and practices within TAMU community is core to the position.
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Information Resources, this role is
responsible for establishment and administration of the Texas A&M University
Libraries preservation program for all material formats in all holding
locations in support of the University's academic and research
programs. The William and Susan Ouren Preservation
Librarian, in consultation with all relevant stakeholders, will develop TAMU
Libraries' long-term preservation strategies for print, digital, audiovisual,
and other analog library collection to ensure long-term access to all
collections throughout their life-cycles. The successful
candidate must have strong demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills, as
well as organizational planning, customer service, and problem-solving skills.

Position Description: The William and Susan Ouren Preservation Librarian
duties include defining the staffing, space, equipment, and supply needs for a
new preservation lab. The librarian develops and
coordinates collection life-cycle management best practices and policies in an
environment of shared responsibility, as general and special collections are
created, acquired, processed, reformatted, used and stored.
In collaboration with relevant stakeholders, the librarian investigates
established techniques as well as new strategies and technologies to address
the current challenges to long-term preservation and access to TAMU's
heterogeneous collections. This assessment and consultation
role includes responsibility for developing effective policies and
coordinating them across library departments, in consultation with the head of
collection development, curators, subject specialists as well as technical
processing, facilities, technology and repository
faculty/staff. The librarian educates and raises awareness
of preservation issues and concerns. The individual also participates in
committees and administrative groups, as appropriate.

Required Qualifications:

  * American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master's degree (or equivalent)
  * Specialized training in preservation and a minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience in an academic/research library, museum, or archival center concerned with preservation of materials
  * Ability to plan, organize and coordinate workflows
  * Ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse population
  * Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following is required:
  * Book and paper preservation and conservation knowledge;
  * Preservation of non-print materials, including audio, image and video through electronic formatting;
  * Reformatting of print and manuscript materials into digital forms; or
  * Preservation of electronic materials: born-digital as well as reformatted to digital forms.
  * Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  * Excellent organizational and management skills with a strong customer service orientation
  * Engagement with professional service at national or international level
Preferred Qualifications

  * Advanced degree in a relevant field, certification or training with emphasis on preservation methods
  * Demonstrated supervisory experience
  * Experience in leading teams and fostering collaborative relationships
  * Ability to develop critical capabilities throughout the organization through strategic hiring and staff development.
Benefits & Salary: This is a faculty position with the classification Clinical
Associate Professor (non-tenure track). Salary will be
commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits include
choice of health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement
plans including TIAA-CREF; paid holidays and vacation; no state or local
income tax.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is
filled, and initial review of applications will begin on March 12, 2013. The
letter of application should address the responsibilities, qualifications, and
experiences listed for the position. Your letter, vita, and the names, e-mail
addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references* may be sent
(1) via email to [log in to unmask] (preferred method of receipt)
or (2) faxed to Pixey Mosley, 979-862-1086, or (3) mailed to Pixey Mosley,
Associate Dean for Faculty Services, Texas A&M University Libraries, 5000
TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-5000. An Equal Opportunity Employer, TAMU
Libraries is committed to employing quality faculty who will enhance the rich
diversity of our academic community. In that regard, we are particularly
interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people
who are representative of the state's diversity.

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