Job Opening: Conservator for Rare Books, Duke University Libraries

For the complete job announcement and how to apply, visit http://library.duke.edu/about/jobs/conservator

Conservator for Special Collections

The Conservator for Special Collections plans and carries out the physical treatment of special collections material from the Duke University Libraries including those from the Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University Archives, and branch libraries. This position reports to the Head, Conservation Services Department (CSD).

Responsibilities

Conservation (80%)

    • Works with the department head and appropriate conservation and library staff to develop treatment strategies for special collections materials. Coordinates treatments and priorities with the Head of CSD.
Verne and Tanya Roberts Conservation Lab, Duke University Libraries.

Verne and Tanya Roberts Conservation Lab, Duke University Libraries.

  • Performs appropriate conservation treatments on library materials held in the Libraries’ rare and special collections in support of various workflows including those for Rubenstein Library User Services and Technical Services, the Digital Production Center, and the Exhibits Program. Scope of work includes treating primarily bound and unbound books, manuscripts and other documents on paper and vellum. Depending on the conservator’s expertise the scope may also include treating photographs, papyri, and other formats and substrates found in the collections. Documents treatments with photographs and written reports following CSD and American Institute for Conservation (AIC) guidelines and best practices.
  • Identifies items for which protective enclosures will be the most effective preservation option; constructs appropriate protective enclosures or delegates the construction of enclosures to other staff, students or volunteers.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Departmental Support and Programming Initiatives (10%)

  • Participates in planning and setting goals, managing projects and developing workflows in support of CSD priorities.
  • Assists in providing disaster recovery services for library materials.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Professional Development (10%)

  • Actively participates on appropriate Library committees, task forces or groups to meet the strategic goals of the Department and the Duke University Libraries.
  • Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest should be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Provides training, supervision and quality control for students, staff and volunteers in coordination with the department head and/or senior conservator.
  • May serve as interim supervisor in the absence of the department head and senior conservator.

Qualifications

It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.

Education:

Required: ALA-accredited MLS or Master’s degree in conservation of library and archival materials, or demonstration of a similar level of education and training required for the conservation of rare materials.

Preferred: Demonstrated record of continued education in areas relevant to this position.

Experience:

Required:

  • Minimum of three years of demonstrated experience in conservation of special collections and knowledge of current conservation principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Exceptional manual skills and a full understanding of current conservation theory, principles, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of physical and chemical mechanisms of deterioration of library materials.
  • Knowledge of conservation ethics and practices relevant to research library materials; commitment to AIC standards of practice and Code of Ethics.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and productively in a changing environment.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.

Preferred:

  • Prior experience working in an academic research library or archives.
  • Prior experience supervising conservation technicians and students.
  • Expertise in the treatment of photographic materials; works on art on paper, vellum and parchment; or similar cultural heritage materials generally found in academic libraries and university archives.
  • Experience evaluating and treating materials to prepare them for digital imaging and/or exhibitions.
  • Experience in exhibitions including preparation, installation, materials testing and environmental monitoring.
  • Teaching experience.

Job Opening: Winterthur/Univ. of Delaware

Job Posting: Book and Library Conservator – 
Winterthur Museum, Garden &Library (Winterthur, DE)

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library seeks a Book and Library Conservator at the associate to full conservator level to care for its research library collections and teach in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Art Conservation Program.

Responsibilities include preservation administration and conservation of rare and circulating library collections, loan and exhibit preparation, collaboration with Library and Conservation staff to achieve institutional preservation goals, and supervision of staff and volunteers as needed.  The Book and Library conservator also holds an appointment as affiliated faculty at the University of Delaware,
providing instruction and mentoring of students in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. The hours devoted to teaching for this position may vary from year to year, but the educational setting builds vital links to other conservation faculty, and links to graduate students from all the specialties.

Qulifications: The applicant must hold a Master’s degree in conservation or a Bachelor’s degree and equivalent experience.  Applicants should have 7 years of conservation experience with at least 5 of those years post degree or training and be a member of AIC preferably at the PA or Fellow level.  An MLIS and significant experience in a research library is desirable.

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume to Human resources, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE  19735 or email <jobs@winterthur.org>.  EOE

Job Opening: AMIGOS

Open Position: Preservation Librarian, Consultant, Trainer – Dallas, TX

Expand your impact and influence.  Amigos Library Services seeks a librarian’s librarian specializing in preservation, collections care, and disaster planning and recovery.  Provide coaching, consulting, support, advice, and instruction to all types of libraries.  Amigos offers professional growth opportunities and excellent benefits.  Pursue your passion and pass it on.

Position Summary:  Consider a highly rewarding and exciting position serving your professional colleagues. Amigos is looking for a Collections Care/Continuing Education Librarian to provide educational, consulting, and support services to enable library staff to understand and utilize appropriate collections care techniques.

Major Responsibilities:

1. Design, develop and deliver training, using technology-based and traditional educational approaches, to enable library staff to understand and utilize appropriate collections care techniques.

2. Promote and provide consulting services to libraries including site surveys, disaster preparedness, project management, and preservation services. Submit written responses to appropriate RFPs; proactively identify and develop relationships with potential customers; and utilize Amigos publications to promote expertise.

3. Through the Ask Amigos service, provide collections care and disaster planning and response support and consultations by telephone, email, and written and electronic publications.

4. Assist library staff with emergency disaster recovery, including disaster preparedness, planning, onsite assistance, vendor coordination, locating financial assistance.

5. Write collections care and disaster preparedness articles and content for Amigos newsletters and other appropriate publications.

6. Participate in outreach activities with public, academic, and special libraries in the Amigos membership.

7. Prepare statistical and narrative reports for internal files and member support and consulting.

8. Represent Amigos at state, regional, and national meetings.

Annual Salary:  $45,000 to $55,000 depending on experience

Required Education:  Master’s in Library Science from an ALA-accredited school and either a certificate of preservation or archival administration or extensive knowledge of preservation practices, principles, and issues.

Required Experience:  Three (3) years of preservation education or related professional experience; or three years experience in bookbinding or book repair and practical experience with preservation issues.

Preferred:  Professional library or archival experience in an academic or archival environment.

To apply:  Send letter of application and resume to resumes@amigos.org

Conservation Fellowship: Notre Dame Libraries

Samuel H. Kress Conservation Fellowship
Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

The Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, welcomes applications for a ten-month Advanced Conservation Fellowship, to begin September 2014. The Fellowship is an opportunity for an emerging conservation professional to build and apply the skills, experience, and confidence necessary to address conservation needs in a research library context.

Working with the Libraries’ conservator and other library staff, the Conservation Fellow will address conservation treatment needs of the Libraries’ rare books and special collections (http://rarebooks.nd.edu). The Fellow will perform treatment, including examination, decision-making and documentation; will gain experience interacting with curators on treatment selection and prioritization; and will engage in other activities suitable to the individual’s skills and learning objectives. The Fellow is encouraged to pursue research and may dedicate up to 20% of work time to research and other contributions to the profession.

The ten-month Fellowship is supported by a stipend of $36,500. Additional benefits include health insurance, paid holiday and vacation leave, and $1,500 support for conference participation and/or research. The Fellowship is generously supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, administered by the Foundation of the American Institute of Conservation.

The Fellowship is limited to graduates of graduate conservation programs in the U.S. and Canada, or to U.S. citizens graduating from graduate-level conservation programs abroad. Qualifications include a strong knowledge of the history, manufacture, and chemistry of books and paper; understanding of conservation ethics and preservation theory; excellent hand skills and attention to detail; demonstrated written and oral communication skills; effective interpersonal and team collaboration skills; and the ability to manage time effectively.

To apply, please include a letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three references. Please submit all application documents electronically to Michelle Savoie, Senior Personnel Operations Coordinator: michelle.savoie@nd.edu. Review of applications will begin July 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Opening: Texas A&M

Texas A&M University Libraries seeks a creative, energetic, and dynamic professional to join the Texas A&M University Libraries as a Conservator. This clinical-track academic appointment carries a full faculty status with responsibilities including professional service to meet both the Libraries’ and the University’s requirements for promotion.

The Conservator is responsible for the management of the Texas A&M University Libraries conservation program for both special collections/archives and general collections under the direction of the Preservation Librarian. Duties will include aiding in the staffing, space, equipment, and supply needs for a new conservation lab/preservation facility. The Conservator will perform conservation treatments on collection materials and prepare materials for digitization and exhibits, make treatment decisions and prioritizations, and develop workflows for the delivery of materials to and from the conservation lab. The Conservator will educate on and raise awareness of conservation issues and concerns with the Libraries’ faculty and staff as well as work with the Preservation Librarian on outreach to the campus and community. The individual will participate in committees, including the University Libraries disaster recovery team, and administrative groups, as appropriate.

For additional information and instruction on how to apply, click here.

The full position description can be found here:

Applications received by June 19, 2014 will be given first consideration.

Julie Mosbo
William and Susan Ouren Preservation Librarian Preservation
Texas A&M University Librariesu

Job Opening: Curator for Documentary Arts, Duke University Libraries

Editor’s note: Full disclosure, Beth (PCAN co-editor) works at Duke. While this job is not a preservation-related position, it does work closely with the Conservation Services Department and the Exhibits Curator (who happens to be a professional conservator). Thus, I am posting it here so that we can reach a wide audience. Posting is edited for length, complete posting is available online.

Curator of the Archive of Documentary Arts, Duke University Libraries

The Curator provides dynamic and innovative leadership for the Archive of Documentary Arts (ADA), one of several specialized collecting areas within the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. S/he builds distinctive collections of photographs, moving images, audio recordings, and other formats through purchases and gifts; develops public programs and outreach activities for the ADA; participates in fundraising; and works with students, faculty and researchers to facilitate their use of the ADA’s holdings.
Responsibilities

In consultation with Duke faculty and the Head of Rubenstein Collection Development, develops and implements a collection policy to build collections related to documentary studies in all formats, including photography, moving images, audio recordings and text. Negotiates rights, access, and ownership agreements with photographers, filmmakers, and other creators. Develops, manages and monitors budgets assigned to the ADA. Is responsible for the physical receipt and intake of newly acquired materials.

Promotes ADA collections to the Duke community, to the Triangle community, and to a national audience. Partners with programs, departments and centers on campus to plan public programs that highlight ADA strengths and new acquisitions; including symposia, readings, lectures, film screenings, and performances.

With the DUL Exhibits Coordinator and the Director of the Rubenstein Library develops the exhibition schedule for the Rubenstein Library’s Photography Gallery. The Curator of the ADA personally plans, curates and promotes 1-2 exhibitions per year.

In conjunction with the Rubenstein Research Services Department provides advanced research consultation related to Duke’s documentary collections, including responding to reference questions and meeting with researchers one-on-one. Promotes use of subject-specific information resources and services in ways that meet user needs and expectations and utilizing current technologies and information tools. Collaborates with Duke faculty and with library instructors to integrate ADA collections into undergraduate and graduate courses.

 

Experience:

Required: Experience with and knowledge of documentary work in photography, film, or sound; familiarity with standard archival and library procedures demonstrated knowledge of and interest in the history of photography and of photographic processes; ability to relate effectively with users and donors of rare and unique materials; experience and skill in making public presentations; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; adaptive to working in a dynamic environment prone to change; record of successful project planning and management; ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a team; demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer services.

Preferred: Three or more years of professional archival/special collections/museum experience; prior professional archival/collection development experience working in special collections or in collection development; prior experience working in an academic research library; prior supervisory experience; knowledge of digital library environment; demonstrated leadership in establishing and implementing successful new programs; familiarity with web publishing technologies; experience with user and/or usability study methodologies; experience with assessment tools and methods; experience with developing digital collections; demonstrated success in grant writing and management.

For complete information and application instructions, see the Duke University Libraries website.

Job Opening: Michigan State University Libraries

Special Collections Conservator
Michigan State University Libraries

Position Summary

Reporting to the Head of Conservation and Preservation and working closely with staff in the Wallace Conservation Lab, Special Collections, and other library units, as well as with partners at other institutions, the Special Collections Conservator is responsible for the conservation treatment of rare and unique library materials in the Michigan State University Libraries. Duties will include:
  • Complex conservation treatments on rare books, maps and special collections materials from throughout the library including, but not limited to: re-sewing; leather and vellum rebinding and binding conservation; gold and blind tooling; conservation of paper and vellum, including aqueous and chemical treatment; and the creation of custom protective enclosures for a variety of rare and archival materials.
  • Assisting the Head of Conservation and Preservation in managing and planning the conservation program, including: establishing conservation priorities within the various special collections libraries; managing and planning treatment methods and procedures for a wide range of library materials; training conservation technicians, volunteers and student workers; condition assessments and the management of preventative care.
  • Preparation of rare and special collections materials for exhibition.
  • Consulting with other library staff on conservation and preservation issues and providing training for library staff in minor repairs for their collections.
  • Assist with disaster preparedness and recovery and serve as a member of the Disaster Recovery Committee.
Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in a continuing appointment system and are engaged in professional development, scholarly and creative activities related to their position. Additionally, librarians serve on library and university committees as elected or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in information or library science from a program accredited by the American Library Association. Knowledge of current conservation principles, practices, and procedures as evidenced by a graduate degree in conservation, or the completion of a conservation apprenticeship with an established conservator, or a verifiable certification of advanced training and education. Excellent oral and written communication skills; outstanding interpersonal communication skills including the ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment; exceptional commitment to customer service; ability to work enthusiastically and effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff; ability to work collaboratively and independently; ability to prioritize and balance various unit needs; attention to detail; preparation and commitment to conducting independent scholarly and creative activities consistent with a library faculty appointment; capacity and commitment to engage independently in continuing professional development.
A portfolio of work will be required at the interview.

Desired Qualifications

Experience in a conservation program for rare materials and special collections; experience in treatment decision-making; advanced knowledge of hand bookbinding techniques and principles; working knowledge of chemistry as it applies to conservation treatments.

Closing Date: 5pm, Thursday, April 24, 2014

Special Instructions to Applicants
Minimum $50,000; MSU provides generous fringe benefits.
Interested applicants should provide a letter of application, resume and names, addresses and email addresses of three references. Posting number 9201. To apply visit the MSU Applicant Page website at <https://jobs.msu.edu>.  For questions, please contact Jacquelyn Hanson <aholajac@mail.lib.msu.edu> at MSU Libraries’ Human Resources Department.
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