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General Collections Preservation Coordinator

University of Colorado Boulder Libraries

Norlin Library

Application Deadline

Apply By Mar 15th, 2023


$44,000.00 to $50,000.00 per Year   Calculate


Boulder, CO




Not Required

Minimum Education

Bachelor's Degree

Library Experience

Not Required

Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


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Job Description

General Collections Preservation Coordinator

Requisition Number: 46565

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type: University Staff

Schedule: Full-Time

Posting Close Date: 15-Mar-2023

Job Summary

CU Boulder Libraries encourages applications for a General Collections Preservation Coordinator! The coordinator plans and carries out the physical treatment and preventative care primarily for books and other items found in the libraries’ general collections. This role will work closely with other members of the section and team in many aspects of Preservation. Other duties include coordinating repair treatments and commercial binding by resolving the best treatment needed; organizing supplies, tools, and equipment; prioritizing work as needed; training and assigning work to student assistants.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are


We are a knowledge catalyst. We fuel inquiry, discovery, collaboration, creation, and the dissemination of knowledge. We welcome everyone, wherever they are on their educational journey.


An information-empowered world.


Empower | Connect | Learn | Inspire

Our values define our interactions within the Libraries and radiate outwardly. This means that we develop a culture that compassionately and authentically embodies our values in all aspects of our work.

Diversity Statement

We affirm diversity and inclusive excellence to be vitally integral to the Libraries’ mission and vision. We strive to model this in recruitment and retention, building collections, and offering services and spaces to develop a receptive social, intellectual, and physical environment for all. Learn more about our dedication to diversity and inclusivity.

We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that person may be one who comes from a less traditional background. As you review the qualifications, please think about how your qualifications are transferable if (at first) they do not seem directly related. Share how your skills translate in your cover letter. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our preferred qualifications described.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Coordinates repair and specialized treatments for general collections materials. Assesses items and determines treatment based on a high level understanding of book structure, materials, and preservation principles and techniques. Supervises and trains student assistants working on book repair and bindery related tasks in the Preservation and Collection Care sections. Organizes the workflows and assigns work as needed for both areas of the section.
  • Coordinates bindery processes across collections and branches. Prepares items going to our commercial bindery, and performs quality control on bindery items when they return to the library. Uses appropriate standards in binding processes, and stays informed of changes and developments in library binding standards.
  • Develops, reviews, and updates preservation related procedures. Attends professional development workshops, webinars, and classes to advance knowledge and skills in all aspects of Preservation as needed to keep up with current trends and standard processes.
  • Performs a variety of basic, intermediate, and sophisticated conservation and repair treatments in accordance with and knowledge of accepted standards for conservation and preservation practice of both circulating and special materials.
  • Coordinates statistics and other data kept by the section, and makes all data available to section lead as needed to help manage workflows. Searches for new methods of data collection and management, and aids in creating and adopting new data management procedures as needed.

Other preservation tasks as needed, may include:

  • Advises on policies and procedures regarding disaster preparedness and materials recovery.
  • Works with faculty and staff to survey collections to assess condition and preservation issues.
  • Assists with preparing newly received collections materials and items that have been recently treated in preservation for shelving.
  • Sorts damaged items into correct Preservation workflows.

What You Should Know

  • This position is primarily on-site.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The salary for this position is $44,000 - $50,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be Statements

Be collaborative. Be effective. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • 1 year of experience in book repair, bindery preparation, or other relevant work in libraries, archives, or cultural heritage institutions.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to cultivate and advocate for an environment of diversity, inclusivity, and respect.
  • Knowledge of and skill in basic, intermediate to sophisticated preservation treatments and procedures. Skills may have been acquired in workshops, sophisticated or specialized library or museum coursework, or hands-on work in a conservation operation in libraries and/or archives.
  • Proven track record to work independently and productively in a constantly evolving environment.
  • Ability to recognize new, better, or different ways of doing work and implementing change.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Prior experience supervising and training staff or student assistants.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite products (Word, Excel, Sharepoint, PowerPoint, Access).
  • Experience creating, updating, and documenting procedures and processes.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

Direct Link to Apply: https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/General-Collections-Preservation-Coordinator/46565

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by March 15, 2023 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email:Recruiting@colorado.edu


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