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Job Posting: University of Chicago

The interwebs are awash in new job opportunities today! Here’s another one which I have heavily edited for length, follow the links for the full description.

Conservator, The University of Chicago Library

The University of Chicago is inviting applicants for the position of Conservator. Located on the ground floor of the newly-constructed Joe and Rika Mansueto Library in the heart of the campus, the Preservation Department includes a fully equipped laboratory for the conservation of materials in original forms and a Digitization lab.

The Conservator provides professional expertise in determining the proper course of treatment for library and archival materials in need of conservation.  He/She reports to the Head of Conservation and works closely with Special Collection Research Center (SCRC) staff, Subject Specialists, Access Services staff, and others to specify treatments and oversee laboratory operations. The Conservator is responsible for intermediate repair, and complex conservation treatment for both general and special collections materials in accordance with accepted conservation standards. The Conservator is familiar with and executes a wide range of conservation treatments on paper-based library and archival materials.

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor of Arts; and an advanced degree or certificate in Conservation

One or more years of post-internship experience in the field of Conservation of library and archival materials

A working knowledge of organic chemistry and its application in the field of conservation

Demonstrated knowledge of current conservation theory and practice

A thorough understanding of the principles of preservation with regard to library and archival materials

A thorough understanding of the history and technology of book structures, printing processes, photographic processes, and paper making

Ability to perform complex conservation treatments on library and archival materials as demonstrated by a portfolio


Please submit a cover letter, resume and reference contact information at


under requisition 088320

Applications received by December 16, 2011 will be assured consideration. Candidates invited to interview will be asked to present a portfolio representative of conservation treatment work in the area of library and archival materials.

For more details concerning this position, please contact:

Ann Lindsey

Head of Conservation

The University of Chicago

1100 E. 57th Street

Chicago, IL 60637


annlindsey [at] uchicago__edu

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