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Job opening: Conservation Technician, Duke Univ. Libraries

Conservation Tech, Library Assistant (1 Year Term Appointment)

For a complete job description and instructions on applying, click here.

Under the general supervision of the Head of Conservation, creates custom enclosures and performs minor treatments for the repair and rehousing of special collections materials. S/he works with members of the Conservation Services Department to prepare materials for moving items off site and to temporary swing space as part of the Perkins renovation project.



  • Constructs custom fitted enclosures for library materials following established guidelines and procedures. These can include four-flap boxes, corrugated and cloth-covered drop spine boxes, polyester encapsulations, pamphlet bindings, fitting Tyvek envelopes, etc.
  • Measures collection material for vendor-supplied enclosures and manages the ordering, receipt and QC workflow for these items.
  • Performs quality control on student assistant’s work.
  • Performs minor repairs including mold removal and page mends.



Required: Two years post secondary education and/or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.


Required: Minimum three months experience working in conservation of rare or valuable books and paper artifacts either in a library/archives setting or in a private conservation lab; demonstrated manual dexterity required to perform assigned tasks; able to handle sharp tools and large bindery equipment; able to manage multiple projects simultaneously excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; able to work independently and as a member of a team; demonstrated proficiency using computer based technology; ability to effectively organize and prioritize daily work; demonstrated commitment to customer service.

Preferred: Applied knowledge of library or archival preservation; prior student supervisory experience.


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