Emory University Head of Library Conservation in Atlanta, Georgia

73276BR

Job Requisition ID:

73276BR

Department:

925530:LITS: Preservation

Job Description:

The Emory Libraries seek an Assistant Librarian/Associate Librarian/Librarian to serve as the Head of Library Conservation. The ideal candidate will provide leadership in planning and managing library conservation services for all materials in special and circulating collections in all of Emory’s libraries. The incumbent will oversee a team that manages a broad range of conservation and preservation activities which include book and manuscript treatment, exhibition and loan support, disaster relief, environmental monitoring, and facilities planning support. The position reports to the Director of the Content Division.

Position Duties

  • With a focus on special collections, plan, perform and document basic and complex conservation treatments for a broad range of materials including books, manuscripts, maps, prints, drawings and works on paper from throughout the libraries at Emory.

  • Collaborate with special collections curators, librarians, and archivists as well as exhibits liaisons to establish annual priorities for conservation.

  • Prepare condition assessments of items and collections. Advise on conservation needs and options.

  • Manage 3 FTE and students; may mentor interns and volunteers.

  • Coordinate workflow of conservation lab.

  • Oversee health and safety practices.

  • Coordinate preventative care, including disaster preparedness and response, pest management, and environmental monitoring programs. Participate in disaster response.

  • Serve as a resource for advising on exhibits and loans.

  • Serve as a resource for facilities construction projects involving storage and presentation spaces.

  • Coordinate equipment maintenance and manage equipment and supply budget.

  • Negotiate with vendors and suppliers.

  • Present to a wide range of audiences on the work of the conservation lab and conservation topics.

  • Serve as a member of the management team within the Content Division.

  • Serve on committees throughout Libraries at Emory related to primary job assignment in addition to voluntary campus service and participation in Search Committees as requested.

  • Serve on professional and scholarly association committees, task forces, work groups, and other entities at the local, state, regional, national, and international level as appropriate to position and area of expertise.

  • Maintain up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to conservation. Comply with professional standards and practices. Maintain general knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Participates in appropriate professional and scholarly associations and organizations including maintaining membership and/or accreditation; attending meetings, conferences, workshops; and serving in appointed or elected positions.

  • Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment as well as maintains general knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology.

  • Provides reference assistance to Emory students and faculty, visiting scholars, and the public as needed and assigned.

  • Adheres to guidelines outlined in the Handbook Governing the Librarian series for Faculty-Equivalent Librarians to ensure appointment, appointment renewal and promotion-in-rank

  • Participates in library and campus committees as appropriate for service purposes.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with appropriate experience and or library experience).

  • Minimum five years’ conservation experience.

  • Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with personal computers and software, the Web, and library-relevant information technology applications. Working knowledge of standard computer office applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint or other productivity software.

  • Experience and demonstrated skill in supervision, including hiring, orienting, training and development, organizing workloads, delegating responsibility, providing guidance and direction, monitoring and evaluating performance, coaching and counseling, and taking disciplinary action as necessary. Ability to be proactive, flexible, and collaborative as a supervisor in order to accomplish departmental, library, and institutional goals.

  • Portfolio demonstrating complex conservation treatments on a wide range of bound and unbound library materials.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of conservation theory and practice and adherence to professional ethical practice in conservation.

  • Knowledge of chemistry as it applies to the conservation of library and museum collections.

  • Knowledge of the history of the book, the history and techniques of bookbinding and papermaking, and the history of manufacture of other library materials.

  • Evidence of analytical, organizational, communication, project, and time management skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks and projects on time and within budget and in accordance with task/project parameters.

  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.

  • Capacity to thrive in an ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a major research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.

  • Demonstrated willingness to respond to new opportunities with initiative, creative energy, and leadership.

  • Evidence of active participation, involvement, and leadership in local, state, regional, national, or international professional or scholarly associations.

Application Procedures

Interested candidates should review the applications requirements and apply online.

Applications may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include:

1) Cover letter of application describing qualifications and experience;

2) Current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and

3) On a separate document list the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references including a current or previous supervisor.

Operating Unit/Division:

LITS: Library and IT Services

Job Title:

Head of Library Conservation

This position involves::

Not Applicable

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience and demonstrated skill in supervision, including hiring, orienting, training and development, organizing workloads, delegating responsibility, providing guidance and direction, monitoring and evaluating performance, coaching and counseling, and taking disciplinary action as necessary.

• Knowledge or experience with photographic materials.

• Familiarity with funding agencies and writing grant proposals.

• Knowledge of one or more foreign languages.

Full/Part Time:

Full-Time

Regular/Temporary:

Regular

Additional Job Details:

Application Procedures:

Interested candidates should review the applications requirements and apply online.

Applications may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include:

1) Cover letter of application describing qualifications and experience;

2) Current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and

3) On a separate document list the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references including a current or previous supervisor.

Candidates applying by September 8, 2017 will receive priority consideration. Review of applications will continue until position is successfully filled. Emory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities.

Emory University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable Federal and Georgia State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Emory University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Inquiries should be directed to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Bldg, Atlanta, GA 30322. Telephone: 404-727-9867 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD).