Job Opening: NYU Conservation Lab

Conservator, Special Collections

New York University Libraries

Position Summary

Under the general direction of the Conservation Librarian, manage and execute conservation treatments to preserve, protect, and guarantee the survival and future accessibility of special collection materials. Supervise project staff; research, disseminate information, and provide guidance on all aspects of preservation to library staff. Participate in disaster preparedness, response and recovery, and lab organization and maintenance.

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 supports NYU’s vision to become the first true Global Network University by collaborating and providing services to our 11 global academic centers and “portal campuses” in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.   New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the HathiTrust. The Libraries participates in a variety of consortia and collaborates closely with Columbia University Libraries and the New York Public Library through the Manhattan Research Library Consortium.

The Special Collections at NYU

NYU’s Fales Library houses the Fales collection of rare books and manuscripts in English and American literature, as well as a wide range of objects and media in the Downtown Collection and other special collections. The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives form a unique, internationally-known center for scholarly research on Labor and the Left: 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 NYU. Its primary purpose is to document the history of the University, founded 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 American social, cultural, and intellectual development.

Qualifications/Required Education

Graduate degree in conservation of books and archival materials, including a minimum of one year internship under the direction of an experienced conservator and/or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Experience Required:

Minimum 4 years conservation experience managing conservation projects and working with special collections materials is required.

Preferred Experience:

Supervising interns and/or employees. Successful project management experience. 3 years professional conservation experience in a research library or similar academic setting.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of current book and paper conservation techniques; professional conservation principles and ethical standards as defined by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Code of Ethic and Guidelines for Practice for Conservation of Historic &Artistic Works); the history of the book; techniques of bookbinding and papermaking; chemistry as it applies to the conservation of library and archival collections; optimal collection storage environments. Basic understanding of environment control systems. Proficiency using MS Office Suite (word processing, spreadsheet, database) and Adobe Photoshop. Proficiency using conservation and digital documentation equipment. Familiarity with health and safety laboratory standards in particular those federal and local standard for working with toxic chemicals and for personal safety during mold remediation.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Demonstrated ability to contribute to the profession through teaching, research, and/or publication.

Salary/Benefits:

The position is a full-time professional position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Attractive benefits package and four weeks annual vacation.

To Apply:

Apply online at:  https://www.nyucareers.com/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css

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.

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