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Purpose: Focuses on both broad and specific preservation issues in libraries. Topics encompass physical collections generally, and occasionally digital preservation issues. We serve academic, public, special, and other types of libraries.

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This interest group is part of Core's Preservation Section.

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Job Posting: Preventive Conservation Librarian, University of Michigan Library

  • 1.  Job Posting: Preventive Conservation Librarian, University of Michigan Library

    Posted Jul 12, 2023 03:00 PM

    We are seeking a Preventive Conservation Librarian at the University of Michigan Library - see below for details and share with your networks!<o:p></o:p>

    Job Summary<o:p></o:p>

    The University of Michigan Library is one of the world's largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant University community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To support the University's world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.<o:p></o:p>

    The Preventive Conservation Librarian provides onsite management for the general preservation of print and analog materials, including management of contract library binding, in-house book repair of circulating collections, environmental monitoring, integrated pest management, collection housing and storage projects, and condition surveys. Also, the Preventive Conservation Librarian will join the department of Preservation Services to plan for and respond to collection emergencies, perform materials testing and analysis, be available to advise and assist with collection moves, and develop departmental and library-wide policies and workflows related to these activities.<o:p></o:p>

    The person in this position reports to the Director, Preservation Services, Physical Collections.<o:p></o:p>

    The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work. We advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work engages a broad and diverse community with wide-ranging needs and concerns, and we empower all employees to participate in the ongoing process of learning about and responding to these needs. We value the cooperation that results from sharing and applying our different experiences, backgrounds, skills, talents, and interests to build an environment in which all our community members can flourish. Learn more in the Library's Diversity Strategic Plan.<o:p></o:p>


    • Manage conservation services for circulating collections. Establish procedures and monitor workflow for two functional units, Bindery Preparations (routes books for binding to an external vendor) and Book Repair (repair and binding in-house). Manage 4.75 FTE and occasional interns or temp/hourly assistants.<o:p></o:p>
    • Collections care. Serve as preventive conservator offering consultation and advice to collection managers on the housing, storage, handling, and exhibition of general print collections, including analog audio and moving image recordings and microfilm. Research and purchase storage supplies. Coordinate planning and recovery of library materials in the event of a disaster.<o:p></o:p>
    • Preservation program management. Participate as a member of the Preservation Management Team, which includes the Director of Preservation Services, Physical Collections and the Director of Preservation Services, Digital Collections.<o:p></o:p>
    • Service and professional engagement. Contribute to the management and goals of the library as a member of committees or task forces. Participate in service to the library, the university, and the profession. <o:p></o:p>
    • Outreach. Contribute to the department’s program for staff and user education and outreach. <o:p></o:p>


    • ALA accredited master's degree, master’s degree in library and archive conservation, or equivalent combination of advanced degree and experience. Minimum five years postgraduate experience in library preservation.<o:p></o:p>
    • Experience in a large research library.<o:p></o:p>
    • Knowledge of the materiality, technology, and history of library materials. Understanding of library preservation theory and practice.<o:p></o:p>
    • Demonstrated successful management and supervisory responsibility.<o:p></o:p>
    • Experience with Alma and ABLE software or with similar Integrated Library Management Systems.<o:p></o:p>
    • Demonstrated potential to contribute to the profession through service, teaching, research, or publication.<o:p></o:p>
    • Demonstrated excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, both oral and written. <o:p></o:p>
    • Values diversity and the importance of inclusion documented through a commitment to learn about and respond to related needs.<o:p></o:p>

    Additional Information<o:p></o:p>

    Appointment is anticipated at the Associate Librarian or Senior Associate Librarian rank. Salary and rank are dependent on your qualifications and experience. Librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the Library's process for librarian promotion and advancement.<o:p></o:p>

    The target salary ranges for the position are $69,000 to $73,000 per year for the Associate Librarian rank and $74,000 to $79,000 per year for the Senior Associate Librarian rank. The salary offered will be based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. This appointment is subject to the U-M/LEO-GLAM collective bargaining agreement. <o:p></o:p>

    The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities. You will receive 24 days of vacation a year, paid sick leave with provisions for extended benefits, and opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options are available.<o:p></o:p>

    Physical Demands/Work Environment<o:p></o:p>

    You will be required to work onsite in an office setting with movement through a book and paper laboratory and library buildings. The position cannot be done remotely. Can move and transport materials that weigh up to 40 pounds. Can wear a respirator and follow established safety procedures for working with chemicals, mold, and light shop machinery. <o:p></o:p>

    Application Deadline<o:p></o:p>

    This job posting will be open for at least four weeks and applications will be due by August 10, 2023. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.<o:p></o:p>

    How to Apply<o:p></o:p>

    To ensure full consideration, applications must include all the following in a single document.<o:p></o:p>

    • A cover letter describing your interest in the position and your experience directly relevant to the work of the position<o:p></o:p>
    • A resume / CV<o:p></o:p>
    • A list of three professional references, including their names, contact information, and your professional relationship<o:p></o:p>

    Please note that if you are considered for an interview, you will be asked to present on a preservation-related topic during an onsite interview. Please submit your application here:<o:p></o:p>

    U-M EEO/AA Statement<o:p></o:p>

    The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.<o:p></o:p>

    Marieka Kaye (she/her)
    Director, Preservation Services, Physical Collections
    University of Michigan Library
    Ann Arbor, MI