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Media Preservation Coordinator Postiion

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*Visiting Media Preservation Coordinator*
*/Visiting Academic Professional/*
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 
*Position Available:* Position is open immediately. The University of 
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks applications for a Media Preservation 
Coordinator. The incumbent will provide a range of preservation and 
reformatting services for sound recordings, moving images, and 
photographic materials held primarily in the University Library's 
special collections but also in general circulating collections. The 
Media Preservation Coordinator reports to the Head of Preservation and 
serves all of the University Libraries, coordinating media reformatting 
and preservation services. Collections to be served include the 
University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Music and 
Performing Arts Library, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 
smaller special collections based in several units across campus, and 
the general collections. This is a full-time, visiting, academic 
professional position.
 
*Responsibilities: *This position plays a key role in preserving the 
University of Illinois Library's valuable and unique collections by 
enhancing the University's capacity to preserve recorded sound and 
moving image materials. The incumbent will report to the Head of 
Preservation, and maintains a number of critical working relationships 
with units and groups that are engaged in preservation, curation, and 
access to media; including Digital Content Creation, Library IT, and 
campus efforts focused on media asset preservation and access that is 
core to the University's research and teaching mission. The coordinator 
will assist archivists, subject librarians, and collection managers in 
identifying at-risk collections, will suggest appropriate reformatting 
options, and will direct the day-to-day operation of reformatting 
projects. Specific responsibilities will include:
 Systematically surveying collections and providing storage recommendations
 Researching reformatting options and preparing recommendations for 
specific collections or items
 Preparing estimates and developing project workflows
 Collating and preparing materials for conversion/reformatting
 Monitoring conversion quality
 Tracking expenditures of funds
 Assisting in the preparation of grant proposals
 Identifying vendors and completing RFPs for services
 Collaborating with other library personnel to develop appropriate 
access methods and tools for digitized collections.
The coordinator will also work closely with the collection managers 
holding audiovisual materials to establish and manage a program to 
identify, reformat, and provide access to valuable audiovisual/media 
collections that are currently found in a variety of fragile and 
semi-obsolete formats, including 16 and 35 mm film, acetate disk, and 
magnetic tape. The coordinator will also work closely with the Library's 
digital preservation program, and will be involved with the planning and 
implementation of digital repository technologies, and will serve as a 
member of the Library's Visual Resources group, led by the Head of 
Digital Content Creation.
 
*Environment:* The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is 
one of the preeminent research collections in the nation and the world. 
With almost 11 million volumes and a total of 23 million items, it ranks 
highly among academic libraries in the United States and first among 
public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of 
the campus, the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest 
collections and services possible and engaging in research and 
development activities---both of which support the University's mission 
of teaching, research, and public service. The University of Illinois 
Library is the third largest academic library in the United States and 
has a collection of more than ten million volumes. The Library employs 
approximately 100 library faculty and 300 library staff. For more 
information, see http://library.uiuc.edu.
 
The Library consists of more than forty departmental libraries that are 
located throughout campus and administratively organized into eight 
divisions. The Preservation Unit reports to the Associate University 
Librarian for Collections and works in tandem with the Conservation 
Unit. Formed in 2001, the Library's Preservation and Conservation 
Program has developed rapidly to meet the needs of a collection rich in 
material resources. The Media Preservation Coordinator will provide new 
services for the University Libraries on behalf of the Preservation 
Unit. More information about the units development, history, and current 
capacities is available at: http://www.library.uiuc.edu/prescons.
 
*Qualifications: _Required_: *A Bachelor's degree. Training or 
experience in audio or audio-visual engineering, production, or 
preservation. Strong written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated 
ability to meet production deadlines and goals. Ability to lift a 30 
pound box to a height of 5 feet.* _Preferred_: *Graduate degree with 
training in preservation or audio-video production; supervisory 
experience; experience assessing and evaluating library or archival 
materials in order to develop and coordinate preservation projects; 
professional or pre-professional experience reformatting non-print 
items; demonstrated experience with analog media sources; experience 
applying audio-visual preservation guidelines and prioritizing needs in 
an institutional environment; familiarity, training or experience with 
archival management and operations, such as appraisal, arrangement, and 
description; experience contributing to grant applications; demonstrated 
ability to work with a diverse constituency of university personnel; 
demonstrated knowledge of metadata and cataloging standards; experience 
working with commercial service providers.
 
*Salary and Rank:* Salary and rank commensurate with credentials and 
experience. This is a visiting, full-time academic professional appointment.
 
*Terms of Appointment:* Twelve month appointment for up to three years; 
24 work days vacation per year; 11 paid holidays; 12 annual sick leave 
days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 days (non-cumulative) per year 
if necessary; health insurance, requiring a small co-payment, is 
provided to employee (coverage for dependents may be purchased); 
participation in State Universities Retirement System is required, 
includes several private options, is compulsory (8% of staff member's 
salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination); newly hired 
university employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social 
Security and are subject to its deduction.
 
*Campus and Community:* The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university 
(Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best 
in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate 
education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and 
applied research, and provides public service to the state and the 
nation. It employs 2,000 faculty members who serve 26,000 undergraduate 
and 10,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of 
faculty receive campus wide recognition each year for excellence in 
teaching. More information about the campus is available at 
http://www.illinois.edu .
 
The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, 
which have a combined population of 104,000 and is situated about 140 
miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 miles 
northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities 
offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work 
of a major research institution. For more information about the 
community visit http://www.uiuc.edu/misc/campus.html, http://cucvb.org/, 
or http://www.ccchamber.org/.
 
*Apply:* Please complete your candidate profile at 
http://jobs.illinois.edu <http://jobs.illinois.edu/> and upload your 
cover letter, resume, and names and e-mail addresses (where available) 
or phone numbers of three professional references. All requested 
information must be submitted for your application to be considered.
 
*Deadline:* In order to ensure full consideration, applications and 
nominations must be received by November 10, 2009. Interviews may occur 
before the closing date, but no decision will be made prior to the close 
of the search. For further information, please contact Cindy Kelly at 
333-8169.
 
*/The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity 
Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff embrace diversity and 
are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and 
value diversity and inclusivity./*

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