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The Preservation Librarian provides leadership and direction for a comprehensive preservation program at Kelvin Smith Library (KSL). The Librarian will develop and execute a vision for KSL preservation services that balances care for the library's unique physical and digital resources with programmatic preservation administration. The Librarian's scope of responsibility includes: managing the library's analog and digital preservation and disaster response programs; the conservation laboratory; developing, maintaining, and implementing the library's digital preservation plans; and developing preservation-related instruction for library staff and user community.



  1. Provide leadership and direction for all library preservation initiatives, including to create and execute a vision for the preservation program that aligns with the library's strategic directions. Provide training and education about preservation matters to KSL staff and other CWRU community members. Recommend changes to KSL's preservation program as appropriate. (50%)
  2. Manage the library's conservation lab, including supervising student workers providing conservation treatments for general and special collections materials. Oversee and/or performs a variety of conservation treatments (such as hinge tightening, paper repair, custom enclosure and cradle creation, and rebinding), and oversees the maintenance and replacement of lab equipment. Oversee commercial bindery workflows. Maintain the library's disaster response plan, and execution of the plan as necessary. Collaborate with facilities staff to monitor the library's environment and make recommendations as necessary to prevent or minimize damage to collections over time. (24%)
  3. Develop a digital preservation strategy for the library, working with collection managers and curators to establish priorities, and with relevant library and technology staff to develop workflows, hardware and software requirements, and a budget. (24%)



Perform other duties as assigned. (2%)



Department: Regular contact with the scholarly resources and special collections team leader to ensure excellent service. The Preservation Librarian has moderate contact with staff on all levels of the organization to support the provision of library services.

University: Occasional contact with other campus librarians to coordinate preservation decisions for the provision of library services. Consults with staff throughout the university to develop and implement preservation programs. Consults occasionally with academic faculty on preservation and conservation of specific materials. Frequent daily communication to supervise student workers.

External: Participates in local, regional and national organizations to maintain a network of informational professionals. Infrequent to occasional collaboration with colleagues in the Ohio Preservation Council and other academic libraries. Infrequent to occasional contact with vendors.

Students: Frequent daily communication with students to provide assistance and information resources to support their education and research needs.



This position supervises student employees.



Education/Licensing: Master’s degree in a relevant discipline is required, with completion of a second advanced degree within an area of specialization preferred.

Experience: The initial rank of the librarian will be based upon the qualifications of the individual with regard to that person's professional knowledge, abilities and skills; contributions to the profession through service and scholarly endeavors; and, professional qualities consistent with university and library values.



Job Performance.  Possess significant knowledge, skills, and abilities within one’s work domain. Understands and can apply more advanced techniques and technologies, and has demonstrated good judgment in the field.   Demonstrable evidence that the individual is developing specialized skills, developing leadership capabilities and management potential.  Able to identify and interact with internal and external stakeholders.  Demonstrate the ability to employ general organizational theories and practices in the library environment.

Professional Knowledge, Abilities and Skills. Possess a significant level of expertise in one’s area of work.  Evidence of significant professional growth and contributions to the library and institution.  Able to explain to others the mission, vision, goals and services of the library, and fully incorporate them within her/his own work.  Demonstrate understanding of the external environments, cultures, and interrelationship of the library.  An effective ambassador for the library and able to interact regularly with others on campus.

Professional Contributions. Contribute to the library profession and building a reputation for professional contributions through committee service and professional publications or presentations to professional organizations at the local, regional or national level.

Professional Qualities.  An inquisitive self-starter who works well both independently and as a member of organizational teams.  


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In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation.  Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.



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