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Under the direction of the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections Services Division, is responsible for the development and operation of a library-wide, comprehensive preservation and digitization program. Leads and manages all preservation/conservation and digitization efforts, including the management of general and special collection care and digitization activities, preservation/digitization lab and services, disaster planning and recovery, environmental monitoring, exhibition preparation activities, and education and outreach efforts.� Leads staff responsible for all aspects of Preservation and Digitization.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provides leadership and direction for a library-wide, comprehensive preservation and digitization program, including establishing goals, objectives, and plans, and managing budget allocations in support of related activities. Identifies potential grant resources. Develops grant proposals for library collection preservation, conservation, and digitization in collaboration with Library administration and relevant staff.
Supervises professional and support staff and provides overall directions for a diverse group of staff within a collaborative environment. Manages an efficient and effective team through engagement in strategic planning, assessment, and reporting. Effectively coaches, delegates and empowers team members to make independent decisions at appropriate operational levels and holds team members accountable. Leads the department by example, establishing workloads and procedures, delegating responsibility, providing guidance and direction, monitoring and evaluating performance, coaching and counseling, as needed.
Conservation, exhibition, digitization, and overall preservation of (non-audiovisual) materials from special and general collections based on current archival and conservation practices. This includes the management and coordination of preservation and digitization assessment surveys, staff and user education training, preservation and digitization out sourcing, environmental monitoring of collection and exhibition spaces, and disaster response and recovery.
Collaborates with Special Collections staff and subject librarians to develop preservation and digitization plans for all collections and to set priorities. Collaborates with Digital Scholarship and Technology Services staff on digital preservation planning that focuses on all phases of the digital life cycle in order to ensure long-term access to library digital assets.
As a member of administration, actively participates in Library Management Council (LMC). Participates in library-wide and university-wide activities, committees, special projects and programs, as assigned. Perform other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in relevant field and/or 5+ years of equivalent experience.
Demonstrated experience providing effective leadership and supervision in academic library or similar setting.
In-depth knowledge of preservation and digitization standards and an understanding of emerging trends.
Experience with development and/or management of preservation and/or digitization workflow´s.
Experience working effectively with and collaboratively with peers, donors, collectors and scholars.
Experience building strong internal and external relationships.
Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, donors, and alumni.
Ability to manage professional library staff.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to thrive and lead during organizational change.
Excellent organization skills and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments/projects.
Ability to articulate vision for the value of special collection and archive to learning, research, teaching, and community engagement.
Demonstrated experience in leadership roles in projects that advance the library/ archive profession.
Demonstrated experience with preservation techniques.
-Retirement Savings Plan -22 vacation days -8 Paid Holidays -Sick Time -Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children -Free Metro Link/ Bus pass -Free Life Insurance -Health, Dental, Vision -Health Savings Accounts (HSA) -Long Term Disability Insurance -Flex Spending Plan -Other Benefits
Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
The Washington University Libraries is seeking a dynamic, engaging, and experienced professional to serve as Head of Preservation and Digitization.� The Washington University Libraries, comprised of 12 libraries on the university’s Danforth, West, and Medical School Campuses, reporting to the Vice Provost and University Librarian (in association with 3 campus partners), operate as a unified library system in support of the research, teaching, and learning mission of the university.� The Libraries’ house more than 3.6 million books, journals, and other print materials; 2.5 million microfilms; 50,000 AV titles; and have access to more than 65,000 electronic journals and more than 500,000 e-books.� The libraries' 135 dedicated professional and support staff serve an increasingly diverse community and exemplify the libraries' commitment to meet the needs of faculty, staff and students for the present - and for years to come.
The university offers an excellent benefit package that includes medical, access to dental, life, disability insurance and retirement contributions.� Libraries’ staff also receive support for professional development.�
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Olin Library at the Danforth Campus.
The hiring range for this position is $65,559 to $85,293 annually.
Washington University in St. Louis, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs. The faculty is composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions. They serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care.