Location: Binghamton, NY Category: Faculty Posted On: Wed Mar 8 2017 Job Description:
Binghamton University Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative and service-oriented librarian to join a department of library and information professionals. Under the general direction of the Director of Technical Services, the Head of Preservation coordinates our Libraries-wide preservation efforts and develops and implements programs for long-term preservation of the Libraries' collection. The Head of Preservation collaborates with Reader Services, Research Services, Special Collections and Library Technology to develop Libraries-wide efforts for preservation, bindery operations, disaster preparedness and other programs to enhance the preservation of library material.
The incumbent will be part of Binghamton University Libraries, which includes the Glenn G. Bartle and Science Libraries, the Library Annex@Conklin, and the University Downtown Center Library and Information Commons in the College of Community and Public Affairs. S/he will report directly to the Director of Technical Services, with the Dean of Libraries as the second-line supervisor. S/he will also work directly with the Director of Collections Development on collections duties and responsibilities.
Librarians at Binghamton University are members of the faculty and are expected to contribute significantly to the profession.
The Head of Preservation:
Provides leadership and direction for a comprehensive library preservation program, including defining and prioritizing needs, establishing goals, objectives, plans and their implementation in alignment with the Libraries' strategic direction;
Hires, supervises, trains, mentors and evaluates preservation staff. Cultivates a culture of innovation and continuous improvement and fosters the ongoing growth and professional development of the department's professional and support staff;
Oversees bindery operations. Oversees contract negotiation and implementation for monographic and serial binding and re-binding;
Investigates, recommends, and implements new strategies and technologies to address challenges to long-term preservation and access, addressing both traditional materials and those born digital;
Collaborates with Head of Digital Initiatives & Resource Discovery in developing an effective and achievable strategy to establish a cohesive digital preservation program ensuring the long-term viability of university digital assets regardless of format.
Is responsible for stewardship of annual New York State Higher Education grant (approximately $140,000). Initiates and administers grants related to preservation, and conservation. Collaborates on grants related to digitization. Implements reformatting contracts, including but not limited to microforms and digital reformatting and supervises photo reformatting;
Collaborates with building manager to monitor environmental conditions affecting collections in all Libraries' facilities and advises on action steps to prevent or minimize environmental damage to the Libraries' material collections;
Collaborate with subject librarians on collection decisions;
Maintains an effective disaster recovery plan and conducts periodic training and drills to ensure preparedness for a variety of threats to the collections;
Serve as subject liaison between the Libraries and assigned departments. Assess, develop and manage the collections, subject web pages and electronic resources in support of teaching and research for subject areas as assigned;
Represents and promotes the Binghamton University Libraries regarding preservation issues in local, state-wide, regional, national or international organizations;
Other duties as assigned.
ALA accredited MLS or equivalent degree.
Three years of supervisory experience.
Two years of appropriate post-MLS or post-equivalent-degree professional experience working with preserving, conserving or digitizing library, archival, or museum collections.
Demonstrated knowledge of preservation practices, issues, and emerging trends.
Strong leadership skills and ability to work independently, collaboratively, and in teams within the Libraries and university.
Demonstrated effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Demonstrated project management, organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills.
Experience in a preservation or conservation program at an academic or research library, preferably with in a university.
Experience with issues related to the preservation of various digital formats, media, and migration, along with an aptitude for quickly mastering technical topics. Experience with digital asset management systems.
Experience in evaluating workflows and successfully designing or enhancing production-oriented work processes. Demonstrated ability to coordinate a preservation assessment and implement an action plan across departments.
Experience applying for grants, and planning and managing grant-funded projects.
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