Job Posting-Univ. of Iowa

From today’s PADG digest. The original announcement was very long, I’ve greatly shortened it. If you are interested in the full description, follow the links to the UofI site:




Applications must be received by October 28, 2011.

Position Description:

Reporting to the Head, Preservation Department, the Conservator provides leadership and strategic direction for the Conservation Unit in the conservation treatment of circulating and special collections materials. The Conservator provides technical expertise and professional advice and education to the staff, other institutions, and the public. The incumbent:

•             executes complex conservation treatments on paper-based library and archival materials, working closely and collaboratively with subject specialists, Special Collections staff and others to establish goals, select and prioritize materials, and design and implement plans;

•             manages the Conservation Lab and program and identifies programmatic needs and sets priorities;

•             collaborates with the University of Iowa Center for the Book in teaching classes in bookbinding and on other aspects of the evolving book studies program at the University;

•             establishes specifications and procedures for work performed, developing workflow patterns and ensuring the quality of completed work;

•             assesses condition of material for a variety of digitization and other projects;

•             directly supervises 3.2 FTE staff members, and additional students and volunteers performing a wide range of conservation treatments and activities;

•             serves as a resource for staff and the public on a wide range of conservation issues;

•             assists in staff education and in the planning and development of the overall preservation program for the Library; and,

•             conducts research on conservation treatment methods as needed.

 Required Qualifications:

•             High level of expertise in book conservation achieved through an accredited advanced degree in book conservation, equivalent certificate program, or formal apprenticeship.

•             Minimum of 6 years professional experience in rare books and paper conservation.

•             Experience providing instruction in bookbinding and other aspects of book studies.

•             Display continuing achievement, particularly at a national level, in an area or areas of professional interest that will enhance his/her value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.

Salary and appointment: Hiring range $50,000 to $75,000. Start date negotiable. Position will be filled at the level of Expert Librarian (PLB3) or Senior Librarian (PLB4) depending upon level of experience, expertise, and professional contribution.

Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at To help facilitate your application process, note the requisition number 59966. Applications must be received by October 28, 2011.


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