Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Senior Conservation Technician, Duke University

Senior Conservation Technician, Special Collections, Library Assistant, Sr. Occupational Summary

Under the supervision of the Head of the Conservation Services Section, performs a variety of basic and intermediate conservation treatments and creates custom housings for materials from the library's special collections and archives. Manages the registration process for materials sent for conservation, manages the supply inventory and orders. Works with a moderate degree of independence.

* Assesses damage to library materials; performs basic and intermediate treatments on special collections materials; documents treatments with photographs and written reports as appropriate. Constructs custom fitted enclosures following established guidelines and procedures; encapsulates fragile documents. Works independently but consults with Head of Conservation Services to prioritize treatments and resolve problems. (70%)
* Manages the registration process for materials transferred to and from Conservation. (10%)
* Manages the order and receipt process for departmental supplies. (6%)
* Assists in developing workflow for conservation program and department; assists in presenting preservation education and outreach programs for the library. (5%)
* Assists in preparing materials for exhibits including creating proper supports for both books and paper materials. (3%)
* Participates in disaster response team for the Library, and in training other members of the disaster response team. (1%)
* Performs other duties as assigned. (5%)


* May train, supervise, and/or make work assignments for student assistants.

It is the expectation that all Duke University Library staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.

Required: Two years post secondary education and/or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

Minimum one year experience working in conservation of rare or valuable books and paper artifacts either in a library/archives setting or in a private conservation lab. Requires applied knowledge of library or archival preservation; experience with binding and repair procedures; ability to handle sharp tools and large bindery equipment; able to manage multiple projects simultaneously; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; able to work independently and as a member of a team; demonstrated proficiency using computer based technology and ability to adapt to new technologies; and ability to effectively organize and prioritize daily work.

Prior experience working in an academic research library; well-developed treatment skills and awareness of current conservation philosophy and ethics; demonstrated commitment to AIC standards of practice; student supervisory experience and experience with digital photography.
Working Conditions

* Ability to lift at least 30 pounds and unpack, shelve and shift large quantities of library materials with or without reasonable accommodation;
* Ability to perform intricate treatments which require strong visual acuity, superior hand/eye coordination and excellent fine motor skills;
* Must be able to push a full book truck;
* Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is likely;
* May include use of various chemicals under controlled conditions;
* Frequent bending, crouching, stooping;
* Occasional weekend shifts required in the case of an emergency affecting the library collections.

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
Job Level/Pay Rate

Job Level: 08
Job Classification: 0414/Library Assistant, Senior
Minimum Hiring Rate: $14.26

Comprehensive benefits package upon eligibility includes vacation, 13 holidays, sick leave, health, dental, disability, life insurance, educational assistance, and tuition grants.

Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its branches: Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections, Lilly, and Music and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.1 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit packages which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

An electronic resume should also be submitted at: Refer to requisition #400448829.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Metadata Cataloger - UNC Greensboro

The University Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative librarian to serve in the position of Metadata Cataloger. This position is entrusted with ensuring that the University Libraries are providing high quality, efficient metadata that adhere to national standards and best practices. This is a tenure track position, and will have responsibility for providing guidance and expertise for the creation, delivery, maintenance and assessing of the library’s metadata services. The incumbent will be expected to work collaboratively in the planning and implementation of metadata standards for digital resources; including the selection of metadata schema, data elements, thesauri and assistance in creating crosswalks. The incumbent will oversee the planning and implementation of descriptive and subject metadata as well as authority control for the Library’s digital projects, such as the Literary Map of North Carolina and the Digital Archive on American Slavery.

The incumbent will have leadership responsibility for the UNCG NC DOCKS Contents Processing Team. NC DOCKS is a shared Institutional Repository (IR) with four other University of North Carolina institutions. The incumbent will manage the workflow for the addition of faculty articles and associated metadata to the IR, working with a variety of staff from technical services. The incumbent will have responsibility for managing the metadata activities from electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) including migrating metadata from IR to UNCG Library catalog.

The position requires knowledge of current cataloging standards/practices for original and complex copy cataloging as the incumbent assists in regular monographic cataloging as a resource person and also performs original and complex copy cataloging for designated Library of Congress Classification schedules including enhancing records in OCLC.

The Metadata Cataloger works in the Cataloging Department, and reports to the Head of Cataloging. Currently the incumbent supervises one staff member. The incumbent also will work collaboratively with the Digital Projects Coordinator and with the library’s Department of Electronic Resources and Information Technology (ERIT) to participate in team-based digital initiatives. The incumbent will provide metadata advice and assistance to Special Collections and University Archives as needed. As a tenure track member of the faculty, the incumbent will be expected to engage in scholarly activities and provide service to the library, the profession, and the community in accordance with the standards outlined within Libraries and University standards for tenure. Demonstrated professional achievement, professional service and scholarly/creative activity are required for reappointment and tenure.

Required Qualifications
  • A masters degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association
  • Demonstrated knowledge with metadata and emerging standards, such as Dublin Core, XML, and EAD
  • Proven ability to apply AACRII, LCRI, LCSH, MARC21
  • Demonstrated knowledge of file formats, media migration, metadata management
Preferred Qualifications
  • Cataloging experience in an academic or research library setting and experience with cataloging electronic resources
  • Experience with LC classification
  • Experience with SIRSI integrated library systems
  • Experience with adding article and/or theses to an Institutional Repository

For the complete position posting, including a complete listing of qualifications, please go to:

Preference will be given to applications received by October 31, 2010. Position will remain open until filled.

Send an application letter addressing qualifications, along with a current curriculum vita and the names of three recent professional references to:

Kathy Bradshaw
Metadata Cataloger Search Committee
University Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, North Carolina 27402-6170

University Libraries

The University Libraries support the learning and research missions of the University through its print and electronic resources, reference and instructional services, and other outreach programs. With a budget of over $9 million, the collections include the 1.2 million book volumes, more than 47,000 electronic and print journal subscriptions, over 500 electronic databases, and 640,000 federal government documents. For more information regarding the University Libraries please visit: .

About Greensboro

Greensboro is a beautiful and thriving city of 259,000 with many outstanding public and private recreation areas and facilities. For a city of its size, Greensboro offers an extraordinary variety of visual and performing arts venues and programs. In addition, a major sports/entertainment coliseum, professional baseball stadium, and an exciting revitalized downtown district are located near UNCG. Greensboro is located in the Piedmont Triad Region (almost 2 million people) which has 11 colleges and universities within an area of great natural beauty, diverse industry, cultural arts, historic sites, and mild temperatures. North Carolina’s mountains are an easy two-hour drive and the Atlantic beaches of the Carolinas are just over three hours away.

UNCG has a strong commitment to serve its highly diverse community. As such, UNCG welcomes applications from women, underrepresented racial/ethnic minority group members, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups and others who would enrich the University’s mission. UNCG is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.