Job Opening: NYC Department of Records and Information Services

The NYC Department of Records & Information Services (DORIS) seeks an experienced conservator and preservation professional to manage all aspects of the preservation program for Library and Archival collections. With considerable latitude for independent judgment, the Head will assume wide-ranging responsibilities which include: surveying and project planning; disaster preparedness; pest management (including mold remediation); handling and care training; storage and housing; treatment; managing the daily operation of the conservation laboratory and supervising subordinate staff; participating in professional development and outreach activities including tours and exhibits; ensuring compliance with industry standards and best practices; and serving as a resource for NYC agencies.

The Head will assume a vital role in current initiatives which include maintaining an effective disaster/emergency response and recovery plan; advising on measures necessary to protect collections during the relocation to a new facility; and establishing an internship program. The Head will work in close collaboration with the Director of the Municipal Archives, as well as library and archives staff.

For more information, see this PDF:

Head Preservation Conservation – ID#292009

Job Posting: Visiting Exhibits Conservator, U. of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Position Available:

This position is available as soon as possible.  This is a 100%, twelve- month, visiting Academic Professional appointment for a term of two years. This position may become permanent at a later date.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The University of Illinois is seeking a dynamic candidate to work closely with the Head of Preservation Services, the Special Collections Senior Conservator, and the Rare Book Conservator to develop relationships, treatments, policies, and procedures in support of special collections exhibits in the Library. This position will expose an early career
conservator to the full process of special collections exhibit planning and preparations. The candidate will have a passion for the holistic process of exhibiting special collections materials in a library and archives setting. The candidate will interact and communicate with both curators and conservators on the process of exhibit planning and execution from conception to deinstallation. Candidates must have the ability to lead deadline-driven conservation treatments as well as build collaborative relationships between Preservation Services and curators of special collections libraries including the Rare Book & Manuscript Library and the Illinois History & Lincoln Collections unit.


Required: A Master’s Degree in conservation from a recognized conservation training program or a Bachelor’s Degree and significant previous experience in special collections conservation treatments; Interest in outreach and exhibits for special collections in libraries and archives; Excellent written and oral communication skills; Demonstrated knowledge of the material and technical characteristics of formats found in library and archival collections.
See for Preferred.

To Apply:

To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Additionally, upload documentation (file formats accepted include image, pdf, or word-processing files) of your three most significant treatments, or provide an external link to these in the cover letter.  Applications not submitted
through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333- 8169.


In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be received
by October 24, 2017

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The U of I is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled

Job Opening: Conservation Librarian, Tulane

Reporting to the Director, Technical Services Division, the Conservation Librarian is responsible for collaborating with various librarians and staff to identify, assess and inventory the conservation needs of library materials and ensure their appropriate treatment. They identify conservation priorities, develops plans, estimates necessary resources, and manages a workflow that appropriately leads to conservation or withdrawal of materials based on condition and other criteria. They identify and work with outside conservation vendors to provide appropriate treatments to at‐risk materials, negotiates costs and timelines, ensures proper handling, and monitors vendor performance. Supervises staff assigned to stacks management and binding. Trains staff in basic in‐house repair. Performs some intermediate conservation of materials. Performs environmental monitoring and assessment for all buildings housing library collections. Actively pursues and administers grant proposals for conservation or preservation matters. Trains staff in recovery methods for damaged materials. Serves as a resource for conservation and preservation questions. Plays a leading role on the library’s emergency recovery team. Monitors and orders disaster and conservation supplies and equipment. Actively participates in professional and scholarly associations to acquire new knowledge, update skills, and keep abreast of emerging trends and issues in preservation and conservation.


  • Experience working in a research library, special collections or archives environment
  • Demonstrated formal training and experience in book and paper conservation techniques
  • Knowledge of book and paper preservation, standards, ethics, and current trends in the field
  • Knowledge of conservation principles, techniques, and procedures as relating to a wide variety of materials
  • Experience with staff supervision and project management
  • Grant application experience and grant oversight experience
  • Strong leadership, organization, problem solving and analytic skills
  • Ability to work independently and with others
  • Experience developing, designing and/or carrying out condition surveys and conservation needs assessments
  • Ability to meet Level1 Core Competencies as defined here:


For information on how to apply see the job posting on Tulane’s website.

Job Posting: University of Washington


University of Washington

The University of Washington Libraries and the Henry Art Gallery have an opening for an Associate Conservator for Paper and Photographs.

Reporting jointly to the Director of Preservation Services at UW Libraries and the Deputy Director of Exhibitions, Collections, and Programs at the Henry Art Gallery, the Associate Conservator will provide conservation treatment of photographic and paper-based materials following the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.  In consultation with current staff, s/he will set priorities and coordinate workflows for conservation treatment.  The Associate Conservator will work on unique and diverse collections from both the UW Libraries and the Henry and provide professional advice and education to staff, interns, and other libraries and cultural heritage institutions in the region, as needed.

This position is currently funded for three years (September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2020) with the possibility of an earlier summer 2017 start date.

For additional information, or to apply, see

Applications submitted by Sunday, April 2, 2017, will receive priority consideration.

This position is supported through a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Job Opening: Univ. of Pennsylvania Libraries

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries is seeking a Senior Conservator to lead its conservation efforts in its newly built conservation laboratory.

Under the direction of the MacDonald Curator of Preservation, the Senior Conservator is responsible for care and treatment of the holdings of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, with an emphasis on special collections. The incumbent will determine proper conservation treatment practices for the collections at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. The incumbent will carry out those treatments and supervise and direct the work of conservation technicians and students. Working with the MacDonald Curator of Preservation, the incumbent will develop and implement conservation plans for the long-term sustainability for the Libraries’ holdings. Working with the curatorial staff, the Senior Conservator will play a central role in determining priorities for the treatment of materials.


A Master’s Degree or more and at least 3 years of professional experience in book conservation or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Five+ years of experience preferred and at least three years supervisory experience required.
Substantial experience working in a research library with special collections.

  • Advanced knowledge of conservation ethics, principles, techniques, and procedures related to special collections materials as demonstrated by a portfolio of work.
  • Advanced knowledge of chemistry, the mechanism of deterioration of library materials, book and printing history, and descriptive bibliography.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify causes of damage, select appropriate treatments, and perform and document a broad range of conservation treatments on library materials.
  • Knowledge of the organization and the administrative policies and procedures of libraries and archives.
  • Ability to work independently and with others.
  • Well-developed organizational, research, oral and written communication, analytical, and supervisory skills.


Please see the official posting for application instructions.

Job Opening: NYU Goldsmith Preservation & Conservation Dept.

Preventive Conservator
Barbara Goldsmith Preservation & Conservation Department
New York University Libraries

Position Summary

The Barbara Goldsmith Preservation & Conservation Department at New York University Libraries seeks a dynamic, skilled, and knowledgeable conservator to administer and manage a preventive conservation program for the NYU Libraries’ archives and special collections.

Under the general supervision of the Conservation Librarian, the Preventive Conservator will: develop and administer preservation policies and procedures for the proper care, handling, storage, and reformatting of book and document collections held in the Library’s three special collections; work with curators to identify preservation priorities and initiate preservation projects to address preservation needs of collections; make decisions regarding appropriate preservation treatments for the collections; establish guidelines for collection care and use; coordinate with the Division of Libraries Media Preservation Unit Head, Special Collections Conservators, and the Digital Library Technology Services department to promote alignment of project initiatives with other preservation and conservation activities.

        The Preventive Conservator will maintain an active, daily workflow for preservation projects between the three special collections; hire and supervise project staff (students and/or administrative employees); oversee orders and purchases of supplies for preservation projects; communicate with vendors for external preservation services, such as mass de-acidification; write grant proposals for preservation purposes; and manage the environmental monitoring program in the Bobst Library, Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) Library, Cooper Square Storage Facility, and Clancy off-site storage facility, which includes reporting findings on a monthly basis to the department head and curators and alerting building managers to issues as well as tracking resolutions. Additional responsibilities are to design and execute preservation assessments and surveys of archival collections; gather and analyze condition data; liaise with off-site and near- off-site collection storage location staff to ensure proper and safe storage conditions for special collections are maintained; participate in the Library’s emergency preparedness and response program, including maintaining emergency equipment/supplies and participating in the training of staff in emergency response procedures.

Required Education

Graduate degree in conservation or related subject area with certificate in conservation.

Required Experience

Demonstrated professional accomplishments and a minimum of two years professional working experience in archives and special collections. Experience must include a minimum of two years’ supervising staff. Must have experience in developing, designing, and carrying out condition surveys and assessments, experience in preservation and collections care techniques, as well as demonstrated skills in basic conservation treatments, such as simple document repair, humidification and flattening, mold remediation, and constructing custom-made enclosures.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of current conservation strategies and standards for the care, handling, and storage of special collections is required. A deep understanding of conservation ethics and methodology and familiarity with archival theory and management is required. Knowledge of current developments within the archives, special collections, preservation, and conservation professions is expected. Ability to work independently and collegially with a wide range of staff and in team environments. Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills and show a commitment to professional issues demonstrated through interest in local or national committee work, research, or publication. Exhibit strong project management, analytical skills, and problem-solving abilities.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Preferred candidates will also have enhanced computer skills and will be familiar with XML, MODS, METS, MARC/EAD, DACS and the Archivists’ Toolkit.

New York University Libraries: Libraries at New York University serve the school’s 40,000 students and faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. The Libraries support NYU’s vision to become the first true Global Network University by collaborating and providing services to our 11 global academic centers and our first “portal campus,” at NYU Abu Dhabi. New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the Digital Library Federation. The Libraries participate in a variety of consortia and collaborates closely with the New-York Historical Society and the Brooklyn Historical Society. For the NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan, visit:

New York University Libraries Special Collections

NYU’s Fales Library & Special Collections houses the general special collections of NYU as well as the Downtown collection; the Marion Nestle Food Studies collection; the Riot Grrrl collection; and the Berol Collection of Lewis Carroll. The span of materials includes rare books and manuscripts, photographs, audio and audiovisual media, art objects, scrapbooks, and other ephemera. All aspects of the collection are used heavily by the University community and external researchers, as well as for teaching purposes. The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives form a unique, internationally-known center for scholarly research on Labor and the Left. The Tamiment book, document, print, photograph, film, and oral history collections describe the history of the labor movement and how it relates to the broader struggle for economic, social, and political change. The New York University Archives serves as the final repository for the historical records of the institution. Its primary purpose is to document the history of the University since its founding in 1831, and to provide source material for administrators, faculty, students, alumni, and other members of the University community, as well as scholars, authors, and other interested persons who seek to evaluate the impact of the University’s activities on the history of social, cultural, and intellectual development in America.

Barbara Goldsmith Preservation & Conservation Department

The Barbara Goldsmith Preservation & Conservation Department is located along the east wing of lower level 2 in Elmer Holmes Bobst Library. The primary purpose of the department is to preserve, protect, and thereby extend the usable life of the NYU Libraries’ collections. The department pursues this objective in accordance with the mission and goals of the Libraries and nationally recognized standards for preservation and conservation of library and archival materials. The department is responsible for the following activities: commercial binding, conservation treatment, disaster preparedness and response, environmental monitoring, media preservation, and staff and patron education.

Salary/Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience and background.

To Apply: To ensure consideration, please apply using the following link:

Applicant review will begin on January 4, 2016; the position will remain open until filled.

NYU’s Division of Libraries embraces diversity and is committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

New Self Assessment Tool Released

From the PADG list:

The Preservation Self-Assessment Program (PSAP) is now live!

The University of Illinois and its project partners are proud to announce that after two years of development and testing, The Preservation Self-Assessment Program (PSAP, is available for use!  The PSAP is a free online tool that helps collection managers prioritize efforts to improve conditions of collection materials. Through guided evaluation of items and collections, storage/exhibit environments, and institutional policies, the PSAP produces reports on the factors that impact the health of cultural heritage materials, and defines the points from which to begin care.

The PSAP was created to assist any organization that collects paper documents/books, photographic and image materials, and audiovisual media, including library special collections, archives, museums, and historical societies. Like the Audiovisual Self-Assessment Program (AvSAP) which preceded it, the PSAP is designed to assist in organizations where little to no prior preservation training exists. Our goal is to help collections managers develop a prioritized preservation plan as well as to educate them on the “health risks” posed to their collections and what they can do to mitigate them with the resources at hand.

In addition to the assessment functions, the PSAP also offers the Format ID Guide among other useful resources.  The Format ID Guide is a stand-alone guide that can assist collection managers in identifying the formats of materials in their collections ranging from matte collodion photographs to U-matic video recordings.  Once identified, the Format ID Guide provides useful advice on that material type’s history, composition, preservation challenges, and optimal storage and display.

About the developers of PSAP: The University of Illinois Library partnered with Heritage Preservation, the Spurlock Museum, the Illinois State Library, the McLean County Museum of History, the Chicago History Museum, The Urbana Free Library, and the Illinois Heritage Association on this project. The PSAP was made possible with generous support through a National Leadership Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) .

For more information on the Preservation Self-Assessment Program visit the PSAP website at: