Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Head of Preservation and Digital Imaging Services

Duties & Responsibilities:
The Harvard Library seeks a creative and forward-thinking professional to serve on the Library's senior leadership team in the new position of Head of Preservation and Digital Imaging Services, with responsibility for developing a seamless continuum for the long-term preservation of traditional collections and digital content across Harvard University's 21st century library system.
This position represents a key opportunity to champion an integrated collection philosophy across Harvard University and to lead, shape, and oversee the work of staff engaged in making accessible research resources in many formats for the Harvard Library community.
Reporting to the Associate Director for Library Services, this role develops, leads, and administers programs and services that meet and anticipate the preservation and conservation needs of the Harvard Library's circulating, digital and special collections.
Conduct a University-wide preservation needs assessment using internationally accepted cultural heritage and/or library methods as part of creating a preservation risk management strategy for the integrated university collection.
Establish the strategic directions and consolidated, innovative programs and services for preservation, conservation, and digitization initiatives that enhance and align Harvard Library's diversified preservation and conservation functions to ensure long-term access to all collections throughout their life cycles.
Achieve a strategic balance in the care of traditional, physical collections and digital materials, including an emphasis on imaging services in the service of preservation reformatting.
Manage and develop levels of digital imaging services in response to requirements reflecting the University's many constituents.
Bring a demonstrated knowledge of and affinity for IT services and play a proactive role in the complex, multidisciplinary arena of digital preservation; lead in developing the Harvard Library's digital preservation strategy, establish protocols on all phases of the life cycle of digital content.
Provide oversight for specialized preservation, conservation, and imaging units, including the Weissman Preservation Center and special collections conservation programs for books, paper, and photographs.
Provide state-of-the-art advice on environmental parameters, emergency preparedness, and business continuity to protect physical and digital materials in the Harvard collection.
Contribute expertise and intellectual content to University and Library fundraising campaigns and development through grant proposal funding, fundraising, donor relations and stewardship activities.
Demonstrate accountability and creativity in building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders and foster an environment of innovation and continuous improvement.
Contribute to Library-wide planning, budget allocation, and to all initiatives that advance the Library's evolution as the preeminent research library of the 21st century.

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Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree required with an ALA-accredited master's degree (e.g. MS in preservation management or conservation and/or MSLS with a focus on digital libraries) or a minimum of ten years’ experience, with eight years directly related and progressively responsible experience leading professional preservation, conservation and digital imaging programs
  • Experience managing a complex budget and with emphasis on financial planning and analysis
Additional Qualifications:
  • Track record in leading high-performing teams and in spear-heading transformational change
  • Ability to identify strategic priorities and to lead, preferably with experience from within a large academic research library
  • Working knowledge of academic institutions and ability to respond to faculty expectations, academic calendars, and varied planning cycles
  • Ability to monitor multiple projects that serve a range of clients
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively influence, persuade and promote the organization’s work internally and externally
  • Track record in developing successful grant proposals, current-use and endowment fundraising, and stewardship
Additional Information:
The Harvard Library

By setting a fresh course for the Harvard Library, the University seeks to build a flagship research library that is positioned to excel in the rapidly evolving, 21st century information environment. On the basis of an extensive, 18-month library review, Harvard will restructure the organization, governance, and funding of its University library system to better serve the changing needs of students, faculty, and researchers. The Harvard Library will support excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and scholarship by attracting and developing a community of talented professionals who can actively shape the cultivation of knowledge and the development of pedagogy within the University and throughout the broader scholarly community. The new Harvard Library structure will:
  • maximize strategic capacity in the library system as a whole;
  • harmonize library management and business processes;
  • facilitate enhancements in collections and services;
  • create a culture of continuous improvement and innovation; and
  • preserve appropriate local autonomy in establishing collecting priorities and patron service levels.
The University

Founded in 1636, Harvard University is preeminent among the world’s research universities. Harvard has grown from nine students with a single master to an enrollment of more than 6,600 undergraduate students, over 14,000 graduate students, and an additional 2,000 part-time students. Over 16,000 people work at Harvard, including approximately 2,100 faculty members. An additional 10,000 individuals have faculty appointments in Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals.
Designated a university in 1780, Harvard includes 12 colleges and schools. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences—comprising Harvard College, the School for Engineering and Applied Science, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Division of Continuing Education—is the oldest and largest of the Harvard faculties. The University's world-renowned graduate and professional schools include Harvard Business School, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School (including the School of Dental Medicine), the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
In the course of 375 years, Harvard's Library has grown from a single collection of 400 volumes to a 73-unit library system whose holdings include nearly 17 million volumes, more than 21 million digital files, 10 million microforms, 8 million photographs, an estimated 400 million manuscript items.
Competencies for Success

Select behaviors and attributes will be critical for the success of the chosen candidate. Competencies for this role and for other leaders in the Harvard Library include a strong strategic sense, a commitment to creativity, innovation and continuous improvement along with a willingness to hold oneself and one's staff accountable for producing results.
How to Apply:
Qualified candidates may apply online at, Please refer to req 23519BR.

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