Head of Conservation and Preservation – University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Head of Conservation and Preservation

Assistant University Librarian or Associate University Librarian

The George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, seek a collaborative, innovative, and user-oriented librarian to serve as the Head of its Conservation and Preservation Unit. As a member of the Libraries’ management team, the Head of Preservation and Conservation is responsible for providing leadership and direction for a library-wide, comprehensive preservation program, encompassing general, special, and shared collections to ensure immediate and long-term access to the wide variety of resources held in the Libraries.

Reporting to the Associate Dean of Discovery, Digital Services, and Shared Collections, the Head of Conservation and Preservation is a year-round (12 month) tenure track library faculty position that provides leadership, strategic vision and direction for policies and procedures; establishes plans, goals, and objectives to lead department personnel, , including three full-time staff and two to three part-time employees. The Head provides instruction for librarians, curators, archivists, staff and students in techniques to safeguard collection materials and develops proactive preservation policies and procedures. The Head assesses the current collection conditions, housing and storage options, and access and use policies to leverage a risk management approach to improving the long-term preservation while ensuring access to the collections. The Head collaborates with and advises librarians, curators, archivists, and staff in the full lifecycle of collections, from acquisition and appraisal to deaccessioning to identify preservation issues.

The Libraries encourage broad participation in reaching management and operational decisions and consequently the Head of Conservation and Preservation serves on various committees and teams. The Head of Conservation and Preservation is expected to pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities. To support all students and faculty and to foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the Head is expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in professional, service and scholarly activities.

The search will remain open until July 26, 2018 – review of applications will begin July 2, 2018. For a full description of the position and instructions on how to apply, please refer to the George A. Smathers Libraries faculty recruitment webpage at http://library.ufl.edu/pers/FacultyPositions.html.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply.

Address inquiries to Bonnie J. Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at: bonniesmith@ufl.edu.

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