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Posted Job Title
MacDonald Director of Preservation
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Job Description Summary
The University of Pennsylvania Libraries seeks an experienced and strategic professional to oversee its Preservation program and department, ensuring the libraries' commitment to long-term access to and preservation of the scholarly and cultural record in all forms. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections, the MacDonald Director of Preservation oversees the Preservation, Conservation, and Physical Processing units of the libraries, including oversight of both print and digital preservation, the 3,200-square foot Steven Miller Conservation Laboratory, and physical processing, repair, and binding. The incumbent provides leadership and advocacy at Penn, nationally, and internationally for various preservation strategies, including multi-institutional collaborations to produce journal archives and shared print retention programs.
This position is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing the Penn Librariesâ™ preservation and conservation program. The incumbent will revise and maintain a comprehensive preservation plan for the libraries covering all formats, physical and digital, in all locations. The position is responsible for investigating new strategies and technologies to address the current challenges to long-term preservation and access to Pennâ™s heterogeneous collections, including responsibility for developing effective policies and coordinating them across library departments. The incumbent is expected to bring expertise in print-based and digital preservation to Penn Libraries to ensure perpetual access to its assets for current and future generations of scholars.
Oversee and implement a comprehensiveÂ preservationÂ plan for the Penn Libraries, including a systematic program for digitalÂ preservation, print management, and conservation.
Manage a team of 11 professional and support staff inÂ preservation, conservation, and physical processing.
Effectively prioritize initiatives, manage a budget, and pursue funding through grants, donors, and other means.
Provide leadership and advocacy across the libraries in the continuing assessment of values, risks, and costs of variousÂ preservationÂ and conservation strategies.
Set policies, standards and best practices forÂ preservation, conservation, and disaster recovery.
Serve as a key stakeholder on the libraries' Emergency Management Planning Taskforce.
Represent the libraries on various national and consortial committees related toÂ preservation.
Gather and analyze data aboutÂ preservationÂ and conservation services for local and national planning and compliance.
A Master's Degree and five to seven years of experience, or the equivalent in theory and practice, is required; an additional graduate degree or formal training and/or experience in library and archives preservation/conservation is preferred. The successful candidate will have a track record of progressively responsible and productive experience working inÂ preservation/conservation in research libraries or other cultural heritage institutions. There should be a demonstrable record of collegial leadership, effective management, and deep expertise in print-based and digitalÂ preservationÂ to ensure perpetual access to Penn's assets for current and future generations of scholars, as well as effectiveness in system-wide planning and administration. The incumbent should also have deep knowledge of national technical standards, conversion and reformatting methods, various storage environments, conservation and binding, as well as disaster recovery procedures and policies.
Job Location - City, State
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$59,703.00 - $113,435.00
Affirmative Action Statement Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.
Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
Internal Number: JR00010513
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