The Ohio University Libraries seeks applications and nominations for an
innovative and collaborative professional to provide leadership and direction
for preservation and conservation efforts throughout the University Libraries.
The successful candidate will be joining the Libraries at an exciting time;
development of a new strategic plan is currently underway, with a vision of the
Libraries as a “dynamic gateway for the discovery, creation and exchange of
knowledge, enabling students, faculty and staff to realize their promise and
The collections of the Ohio University Libraries currently include
approximately 2.25 million print volumes and 750,000 digital volumes, with
notable strength in Southeast Asian and African materials, fine arts, and
special collections related to contemporary history and journalism. The
Preservation Department includes a spacious and well-equipped conservation lab
located in the Southeast Ohio Regional Library Depository building, and funding
for preservation includes support from one of the Libraries’ largest
The Southeast Ohio Regional Library Depository is located two miles from
campus, and is managed and staffed by the Ohio University Libraries. It is
part of a network of high density remote storage facilities that are managed
cooperatively by Ohio’s state universities. This facility holds
approximately 750,000 volumes in climate-controlled conditions; depository
staff delivers material to the Ohio University campus daily.
Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Collections and Access, this position
manages the activities of the Preservation Department (1.5 FTE non-exempt
staff), and oversees the high-density collection storage facility (1 FTE
administrative staff and 1 FTE non-exempt staff). The department head must
also work closely and collaboratively with most library departments,
particularly with the staff of Stacks and Media Management, the Mahn Center for
Archives and Special Collections, the Fine Arts Library, Digital Initiatives,
the Center for International Collections, and the Music Library. Specifically,
the head of the Preservation Department:
• Establishes guidelines for appropriate physical storage and maintenance of the Libraries’ collections in all locations.
• Evaluates conservation needs of items from the Libraries’ general and special collections, and determines optimal treatment.
• Treats rare and special collections materials, including books and non-print materials
• Hires, trains, and manages performance of Preservation Unit employees, and oversees operation of Southeast Ohio Regional Library Depository.
• Educates library staff on preservation issues; leads disaster preparedness & response planning efforts related to library collections.
• Responds to disasters which threaten and/or damage library collections; coordinates the salvage and treatment of damaged materials.
• Advises on digital preservation initiatives in the University Libraries.
• Pursues and administers grant proposals for preservation projects.
• Assists with special projects related to management of campus and depository collections.
• Engages in regular professional development activities as part of
continuing commitment to increasing effectiveness.
• A master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution, or a master’s degree in another relevant subject such as public history
• Formal training and experience in conservation techniques on a wide range of library materials (demonstrated through a portfolio of the applicant’s work)
• Minimum 3 years progressive responsibility in conservation work in a library, museum, or archival setting
• Demonstrated commitment to data-informed decision making processes
• Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging trends in academic libraries as well as in digital and print preservation
• Successful supervisory experience
• Experience in leading teams and fostering collaborative relationships
• Experience writing and administering grants
Salary & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Ohio University employees
enjoy a liberal benefits package, including 22 days annual vacation, generous
insurance, and Ohio state employee or alternative retirement.
Review of applications begins September 26; however applications will be
accepted until a suitable candidate is identified. Position available
Ohio University is committed to the diversity of faculty, staff and students.
Applicants who will enrich the diversity of our campus are especially
encouraged to apply.