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Media Preservation Coordinator
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, regular, 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 University Library archivists, subject librarians, and collection managers in identifying at-risk collections, will suggest appropriate reformatting options, will advise on copyright and distribution matters, 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
* Referencing appropriate copyright and licensing legislation regarding preservation and distribution of audiovisual and sound recording materials
* Provide leadership for the Library in adhering to campus and state accessibility standards
* Assist applicable campus groups to develop best practices and standards for access and delivery of media content
* 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, but not limited to 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 over 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 and a minimum 1-3 years 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 applying copyright law to preservation or reformatting projects; 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 full-time academic professional appointment.
Terms of Appointment: This is a full-time, permanent academic position; 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<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: Send letter of application and complete resume with the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses (where available) of three references to: Cindy Kelly, Head, Human Resources, University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign, 1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801. Phone 217-333-8169.
Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be received by January 31, 2011. Interviews may occur before the closing date, but no decision will be made prior to the close of the search.
Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu<http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu>).
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Jennifer Hain Teper
Head, Preservation and Conservation Units
University of Illinois Libraries
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809 S. Oak Street, 2nd Floor
Champaign, IL 61820
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Urbana, IL 61801