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Preservation Librarian/Assistant or Associate Librarian

Apply now Job no: 495824
Department: King Library
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: Library
Status: Full Time
Temporary: No

Job Title:

Preservation Librarian/Assistant or Associate Librarian

Job Summary:

Miami University Libraries seeks a Preservation Librarian for the Steward & Sustain department.


Reporting to the Head of the Steward & Sustain department, to provide leadership in planning and managing the preservation/conservation program for special collections, general library collections, and institutional archives; be responsible for a broad range of conservation and preservation activities including conservation assessment and treatment; exhibition, loan and digitization preservation; disaster planning and response; environmental monitoring; and emergency planning.  Working closely with colleagues throughout Miami University Library, will provide outreach to Library staff concerning Library collections, practices, and preservation measures, and will ensure the smooth integration and timely completion of preservation and conservation activities.  Identify, assess, and inventory the conservation and preservation needs of Miami University Library materials and develop a comprehensive plan to address existing and future needs to ensure compliance with industry standards and best practices; oversee and perform a variety of basic and intermediate conservation treatments in accordance with accepted standards of conservation practice; coordinate workflows and manage daily operation of the preservation/conservation activities and oversee staff in preservation; also may mentor interns; responsible for leading the Digital Preservation Program: collaborate with relevant staff on digital preservation policies, implementation,  workflows and  develop digitization strategies; oversees preservation activities pertaining to the digitization process of Steward & Sustain materials; coordinate preventive care, including pest management and environmental monitoring programs for the libraries; in concert with the Special collections Librarian, identify and work with outside conservation vendors to provide appropriate treatments to at-risk materials, negotiate costs and timelines, and monitor vendor performance; review proposals for exhibition and loan, and review facilities reports from borrowing institutions; train and provide guidance for Miami University libraries staff in materials handling, preservation decision-making, and physical care workflow; maintain an effective disaster/emergency response and recovery plan for University Libraries recovery activities; participate in Steward and Sustain instruction.

Minimum Qualifications:

MLS from an ALA-accredited program; experience in the preservation/conservation of materials; demonstrated ability to collaborate and direct teams; knowledge of current preservation theory and practice; knowledge of conservation/preservation history, ethics and methodology; knowledge of digital preservation theory and practices and metadata schema and standards; ability to meet the Miami University continuing contract and promotion requirements  Appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Librarian dependent upon qualifications.  The University will not sponsor H-1B for this position.

Desired Qualifications:

Advanced knowledge of preservation issues in cultural institutions; one to three years of preservation/conservation or equivalent experience knowledge, skills and abilities; experience with emerging technologies in preservation/conservation practice; experience with digital preservation systems (e.g. Preservica), archival software (e.g. Archives Space), and other information technologies.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Submit cover letter and resume. Direct inquiries to Donna Richardson at

EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:
Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.
As part of the University’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe living, learning, and working environment, we encourage you to read Miami University’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report at:, which contains information about campus safety, crime statistics, and our drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol on campus and at university events and activities. This report also contains information on programs and policies designed to prevent and address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Each year, email notification of this website is made to all faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Written notification is also provided to prospective students and employees. Hard copies of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report may be obtained from the Miami University Police Department at (513) 529-2223.
Date to Begin Screening Applicants:

Review of applications begins on September 4, 2019 and continues until the position is filled.

Benefits Eligible:



A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.

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