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Position at Yale

From: Roberta Pilette <roberta.pilette<-at->
Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Digital Preservation Librarian
Preservation Department
Yale University Library

Librarian II-V
Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

This is a new position for Yale.  Many of you may remember my asking
for examples and suggestions regarding the development of this job
description.  Thanks to all who responded.  This jd is the result.
Please feel free to forward to any interested party.

Please note that it does state a masters related to the position may
be substituted for the MLS/MIS.

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and
growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between
Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of
Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art
museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art
concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art,
Drama, and Music.

The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research
libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to
and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and
creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching
and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities
worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources,
including around 12.8 million volumes and information in all media,
ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic
databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand
access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen
buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare
Book and Manuscript Library, and the Bass Library, it employs a
dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer
innovative and flexible services to library readers. For additional
information on the Yale University Library, please visit the
Library's web site at <URL:>

The Preservation Department: Yale University Library's Preservation
Department, started in 1971, is one of the oldest in the country.
<URL:> It has strong
administrative support and has played a major role in the
development of the preservation field.  The Department has system
wide responsibilities and consists of units covering conservation of
special and circulating collections as well as exhibition
preparation; reformatting of special collections materials and
circulating materials; mass deacidification; and staff and
user-education and consultation on wide variety of preservation

Departmental Focus: Reporting to the Director of Preservation, the
Digital Preservation Librarian (DPL) will develop a plan to ensure
effective acquisition, description, preservation, future migration,
and security of all Yale Library digital components that must be
preserved indefinitely. While reporting to the Director of
Preservation, it is expected the DPL will work closely with and
coordinate digital policies and procedures with Library and
University IT and with Library departments/units that have born
digital collection material and significant digital surrogates of
analog material.

Departmental Responsibilities

Through a combination of expertise and skills in preservation,
project management, communications, and information technology, the
successful candidate will direct and assist in undertaking a related
group of activities that include:

    Research, develop, document, and implement a digital
    preservation program taking on a key role to ensure preservation
    of all Library digital collections of enduring value:

    Review existing Library practices and analyze needs and
    establish policies and best practices for the long-term
    protection and access to digital materials of all types, both
    created by or acquired by the Library

    Work with Library and University IT in the development of a
    Trusted Digital Repository (TDR) for Library digital collections

    Advise Library staff and develop guidelines for acquisition and
    long-term preservation of born digital materials

    Work closely and collaboratively with cataloging staff,
    archivists, curators, collection managers, Library IT, and text
    and image specialists to ensure consistent procedures and
    guidelines and to integrate digital preservation policy
    requirements into broader organizational policies and procedures

    Work with Library and University IT to develop an overall
    migration strategy to ensure that material in standard and
    non-standard or obsolete digital formats will be reformatted
    and/or refreshed regularly

    Prepare digital preservation project proposal guidelines,
    including specifications for vendor services that support
    digital preservation as well as templates for Request for
    Proposals and vendor contracts

    Educate Library staff in the essentials of the Library digital
    preservation program through, but not limited to, workshops,
    websites and handbooks

    Create and maintain a complex network of professional
    relationships inside the Library, the University, and throughout
    the digital and library professions in order to increase the
    capability of the Library system to preserve its digital

    Develop and maintain disaster recovery planning and policy
    document for digital materials in coordination with the Library
    and University IT departments

Required Education and Experience: Master's degree in Library
Science from an American Library Association accredited Library
school and two years of related experience. In selected instances, a
post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or
substituted for an MLS. Appointment to this rank is limited to three
years at which time it is expected that the individual will develop
necessary requirements to meet expectations of performance at the
Librarian 3 level.

Required Skills and Abilities

    Appointment to the Librarian 3 rank requires at least five years
    of professional experience; Librarian 4 at least eight years of
    professional experience; and Librarian 5 at least twelve years
    of professional experience and demonstrated professional
    accomplishments appropriate to the rank

    Demonstrated knowledge of the vibrant and changing landscape of
    digital preservation management; and a keen awareness of and
    experience with preservation challenges facing academic
    libraries.  Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, define and
    manage, large, complex technology projects

    Demonstrated success in the development and/or management of a
    digital library, archive or repository; Knowledge of one or more
    digital asset management systems, such as CONTENTdm, Artesia,
    FEDORA, etc.

    Knowledge of current research on contingency plans against
    threats to the digital collections, such as industry changes to
    file formats, natural disaster, and security breaches

    Knowledge of current technologies, standards, and practice in
    preservation of digital collections; and excellent oral and
    written communication skills

Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills

    Familiarity with the requirements of a Trusted Digital

    Demonstrated knowledge of Intellectual Property and Rights
    management as it relates to digital assets

    Project management training

    Familiarity with preservation principles and procedures relating
    to library materials

Salary and Benefits

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and
excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's
great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for
meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is
among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices,
liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a
variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities,
and much more. Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume,
and the names and contact information of three professional
references should be sent by creating an account and applying online


for immediate consideration - the STARS req ID for this position is
17937BR.  Please be sure to reference 17937BR in your cover letter.

Background Check Requirements: All external candidates for
employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening
for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks
based on the position description and job requirements. All offers
are contingent on successful completion of a background check.

For additional information on the background check requirements and
process please visit


Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and
strongly encourages applications from women and members of
underrepresented minority groups.

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