Texas A&M University Libraries seeks a creative and dynamic professional to join the Texas A&M University Libraries as a Preservation Librarian. This is an academic professional track appointment at the rank of Clinical Assistant or Clinical Associate Professor and carries full faculty status with responsibilities including professional service and working toward the Librariesâ™ and the Universityâ™s requirements for promotion.
Reporting to the Dean of Libraries through the Director of Preservation and Associate Dean for Information Services, the Preservation Librarian is responsible for overseeing key preservation activities for both general and special collections as well as working in a team with other faculty and staff in Preservation.
Responsibilities include: Preserve items in general collections, special collections, and archives; manage environmental monitoring and integrated pest management programs; manage preservation workflows for general collections items going to storage; manage enclosures program which may include future supervision of student employees and create enclosures; aid in condition assessments of general and special collections/archives; prepare and organize workflow of items sent to outside vendors; aid in digitization workflows and project management; participate in disaster preparedness and emergency response; assist the Director of Preservation with disaster planning; develop procedures, guidelines, and best practices for preservation under the guidance of the Director of Preservation; educate library faculty and staff on preservation issues â“ work closely with other units in the libraries to understand preservation issues and develop workflows accordingly; participate in preservation outreach events; support and promote the Libraries and Texas A&M University shared vision and values; engage in professional Service activities at a level consistent with rank and progress toward promotion; other duties as assigned.
American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Masterâ™s degree (or international equivalent)
Coursework, training, or experience focusing on cultural heritage preservation
Demonstrated knowledge of library, special collections, and archives preservation and conservation issues, standards, trends, and best practices
Demonstrated knowledge of preservation reformatting
Coursework or general experience with care and handling of library, special collections, and/or archival materials
Demonstrated knowledge of condition assessments and storage needs of library, special collections, and/or archival materials
Demonstrated evidence of detail-oriented and organization skills
Experience managing projects or operational activities
Ability to work in a collaborative environment
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated evidence of initiative and innovation
Demonstrated commitment to providing customer service
Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse population
Demonstrated interpersonal and teamwork skills complemented by the ability to take initiative
Familiarity with audio/video/film preservation and reformatting
Knowledge of disaster planning
Experience creating and implementing policies and procedures
The Preservation Unit:
Founded in 2013, the Preservation Unit is a strategic initiative for the University Libraries with significant funding and support through donors. The Preservation Unit provides centralized services to the Librariesâ™ five libraries; these services include general preservation, conservation, book repair, commercial bindery preparation, digitization, digital preservation, environmental monitoring, and disaster response and planning. In 2017, the Libraries completed renovations which resulted in a new large preservation space, conservation lab, and digitization lab. Preservation also manages and maintains a separate quarantine room and walk-in freezer for special collections and archival materials.
In an effort to provide relevant customer service in an ever-changing environment, the Texas A&M University Libraries is developing a core culture representing flexibility, innovation and risk-taking. In addition, the Libraries recognize the value in creating a culture that draws from the richness and strength reflected in the diversity of our state and our nation and has created an actionable Diversity Plan.
The Libraries currently rank 8th in materials expenditures ($23.6 million) and 4th in ongoing expenditures ($16.6 million) among all ARL libraries. Additionally, the Libraries typically rank near the top 10 for starting librarian salaries among ARL U.S. Public Academic Libraries. Currently the staffing includes 242 individuals which includes 75 librarians holding faculty status
Founded in 1876 as a land-grant institution, Texas A&M University is the sixth largest university in the nation. The signature Aggie Spirit captures and embodies the universityâ™s traditions and core values: Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service. The university has an enrollment of more than 55,000 students and 2,800 instructional faculty. Based on Vision 2020, the institutionâ™s goal is to become a premier, tier-one research university and to be ranked among the top 10 public universities nationwide by 2020.
Texas A&M is located in Bryan-College Station, a friendly community where the ubiquitous âœhowdyâ greets friends and newcomers alike. The community boasts excellent medical facilities, live entertainment and the arts, fine-to-casual dining, outdoor recreation, a local airport, and a low cost of living, as well as easy proximity to Austin and Houston. Additionally, Texas residents enjoy the benefit of having no state or local income tax.
Salary/Benefits/Rank: Faculty rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience; minimum starting salary will be $50,500 Excellent benefits include health plan and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA-CREF; paid holidays and vacation; no state or local income tax. Funding is available for professional travel and development activities.
Applications: Applications received by March 10, 2018 will be given first consideration. The letter of application should address the responsibilities, qualifications, and experiences listed for the position. Use the following link (workday link) to apply. Please attach cover letter and vita to the application.
An Equal Opportunity Employer, TAMU Libraries is committed to employing quality faculty who will enhance the rich diversity of our academic community. In that regard, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who are representative of the stateâ™s diversity.
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About Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University is dedicated to the discovery, development, communication, and application of knowledge in a wide range of academic and professional fields. Its mission of providing the highest quality undergraduate and graduate programs is inseparable from its mission of developing new understandings through research and creativity. It prepares students to assume roles in leadership, responsibility, and service to society. Texas A&M assumes as its historic trust the maintenance of freedom of inquiry and an intellectual environment nurturing the human mind and spirit. It welcomes and seeks to serve persons of all racial, ethnic, and geographic groups, women and men alike, as it addresses the needs of an increasingly diverse population and a global economy. In the twenty-first century, Texas A&M University seeks to assume a place of preeminence among public universities while respecting its history and traditions.