Head of Conservation and Preservation

University of Florida, George A Smathers Libraries
Location (City, State): 
Gainesville, FL

SALARY: Minimum Salary $56,182 at the Assistant University Librarian rank
Minimum Salary $61,994 at the Associate University Librarian
Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials


DEADLINE DATE: July 26, 2018 – review of applications will begin July 2, 2018

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.

How to Apply: 

To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a written statement regarding “What are the emerging trends and best practices in library collection preservation that support programmatic success at a large research institution?” (250 words); 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by July 26, 2018 (applications will be reviewed beginning July 2, 2018). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/507668/head-of-conservation-and... (Requisition 507668). Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at bonniesmith [at] ufl [dot] edu.