Job Opening: Iowa State University

Conservator, Iowa State University Library

Iowa State University Library is currently seeking candidates for a Conservator position at the rank of Librarian I or II. The Conservator is a key part of an active preservation department established in 1986 that includes a 3,400 sq. ft., well-equipped conservation lab for treating general circulating, and Special Collections and University Archives materials. The Conservator establishes priorities, makes treatment decisions, maintains workflows, prepares materials for exhibit and digitization, and performs conservation treatment of general and Special Collections materials. Administers the daily operations and workflows of the conservation lab, and recommends expenditures of the dedicated supply/equipment and preservation services budgets. Supervises and trains conservation staff, students, interns, and volunteers. Assists the Head of Preservation in training, education and outreach, and disaster preparedness. Develops, coordinates and implements preservation programs and leads the disaster response team. This position will also serve on divisional and library committees, teams, and task forces. Reports to the Head of Preservation.

The successful candidate will possess current and demonstrated knowledge and skill in conservation of general, special and archival collections including relevant chemistry, conservation theory and technical skills. Additionally, the successful candidate will possess exceptional organizational, analytical, time and project management skills. Excellent problem solving and decision making skills, and the ability to formulate and implement innovative approaches and solutions to problems. Work both independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing team-based environment; interact effectively with library staff and the university community; communicate effectively, clearly, concisely, and persuasively (written and oral); and communicate complex ideas to a wide range of audiences. Lastly, demonstrate a strong commitment to public service and the land-grant mission.

This is a non-tenure track, Academic Librarian position with the opportunity for promotion. Librarians are expected to develop an external reputation through professional practice service and/or published scholarship in areas related to professional responsibilities and a record of institutional service.

Required qualifications:

Librarian I: Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or an advanced degree supporting a specialized key program function.

Librarian II: Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or an advanced degree supporting a specialized key program function with at least three years of professional conservation experience.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Formal graduate level library and archives and/or book and paper conservation training.
  • Experience in library and archives conservation of special collections and general collections, including relevant chemistry and conservation theory.
  • Demonstrated experience with documenting complex treatments (written and photographic).
  • Experience in an academic or research library preservation department.
  • Experience with mid- to large-scale preservation department operations and workflows including environmental monitoring, integrated pest management, disaster response, digital preservation, library binding, mass deacidification, and reformatting (both analog and digital).

In addition to the above, the preferred experience for a position at the Librarian II level includes:

  • Supervisory/managerial experience.
  • Demonstrated effective and promising record of external professional practice services activities and/or research and scholarship.

 

ISU students, staff, and faculty strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society. Library staff must embrace an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance to recognizing the richness in individual identities of people, and diverse perspectives.

Iowa State University is an EO/AA employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Vet status.

 

To view full description and to apply by May 10, 2015https://www.iastatejobs.com/ posting number 50145P OR https://www.iastatejobs.com/hr/postings/11260

 

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Job Opening: Univ. of Kansas

Application deadline: February 23, 2015
Apply at: https://employment.ku.edu/staff/2712BR

The Conservation Services Department provides leadership, coordination, expertise, and services within a comprehensive, system-wide program to preserve KU Libraries’ paper-based collections.

Position Summary

The Assistant Conservator for Special Collections will serve a central role in the Stannard Conservation Laboratory with primary responsibility for special collections held by Kenneth Spencer Research Library. This position, under the direct supervision of the Head of Conservation Services, helps manage and undertake a range of mission-critical daily operations of the Stannard Conservation Laboratory including: evaluating damaged collections; making treatment decisions and performing conservation treatments on special collections materials; providing exhibition preparation and support; undertaking conservation assessments and surveys; and participating in emergency preparedness and response operations.

Position Description:

Conservation treatment—70%

Drafts treatment proposals and specifications, and provides basic time estimates for work to be undertaken, for rare books, manuscripts, archival materials, and other paper-based library collections.

Performs highly complex conservation tasks that require knowledge and expertise in multiple techniques to solve unique problems. Treatments applied in combination include but are not limited to conservation rebinding, rebacking and board reattachment; surface cleaning; aqueous washing and alkalization treatments; mending with various papers; lining; backing removal; tape and adhesive removal; matting and encapsulation; and enclosure construction.

Carries out proposed treatments and repairs to library and archival materials with minimal supervision and in accordance with accepted standards for conservation practice.

Documents treatments using a range of written and photographic techniques according to accepted standards for conservation practice.

Selects and uses appropriate specialized tools and equipment appropriate for the treatment, including, but not limited to: hand tools, book presses, board shear, guillotine, ultrasonic welder, and suction table; may also perform maintenance on this equipment.
Designs and constructs both simple and complex, custom-fitting enclosures for fragile materials bearing in mind the unique needs of those formats and their chemical interactions with the materials available for construction.

Assists in the preparation of library materials for exhibition. Fabricates simple and complex mounts. Assists with installation and de-installation.

Project management—15%

Develops and implements workflows for conservation projects.

Assists in training staff, students, interns, and volunteers, as necessary.

Provides technical advice on the housing, storage, handling and repair of special collections.

Advises library staff on conservation principles and practices.

 

 

Departmental responsibilities—15%

Serves on the Collections Emergency Response Team and assists with disaster preparedness and recovery operations following standard procedures.

Undertakes collection surveys to assess condition and prioritize conservation treatments, as necessary.

Assists with preventive programs such as environmental monitoring and pest management as needed.

Stays current with developments in the field of library and archives conservation.

Prepares, conducts, and participates in staff and public outreach and education efforts.

Participates in departmental meetings and planning activities, including departmental goal-setting.

Compiles statistics and prepares reports as appropriate.

Assists with equipping the conservation laboratories to meet current and anticipated future treatment needs. May order supplies, tools, and equipment as needed.

Participates in the broader work of KU Libraries by serving on committees, working groups, and task forces as appropriate.
Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Required:

  • B.A. degree
  • 1 year relevant experience, including training in book or paper conservation.

 

Preferred:

  • M.A. degree from a recognized conservation training program or related field, or demonstration of a similar level of education and training required for the conservation of rare materials.
  • A portfolio of relevant work if selected for interview
  • Demonstrated knowledge of physical and chemical mechanisms of deterioration of library and archives materials.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the fundamentals, techniques, and history of book- binding, paper treatment, and conservation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of conservation ethics and practices relevant to research library and archival materials; commitment to the American Institute for Conservation’s Code of Ethics and Standards for Practice.
  • Excellent manual dexterity and sustained concentration with delicate and occasionally repetitive tasks.
  • Basic computer skills including word processing and use of spreadsheets.
  • Competency in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.
  • Experience working in an academic research library.
  • Experience managing conservation technicians or students.
  • Experience evaluating and treating materials for digital imaging projects.
  • Experience in exhibit preparation.
  • Demonstrated record of continuing education in conservation through workshops, lectures, and conference attendance.
  • Ability to communicate effectively about treatment options and decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
    Effective organizational skills.

For more information on Spencer Research Library’s collections, see: http://spencer.lib.ku.edu/

 

Job Opening: Conservator for Rare Books, Duke University Libraries

For the complete job announcement and how to apply, visit http://library.duke.edu/about/jobs/conservator

Conservator for Special Collections

The Conservator for Special Collections plans and carries out the physical treatment of special collections material from the Duke University Libraries including those from the Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University Archives, and branch libraries. This position reports to the Head, Conservation Services Department (CSD).

Responsibilities

Conservation (80%)

    • Works with the department head and appropriate conservation and library staff to develop treatment strategies for special collections materials. Coordinates treatments and priorities with the Head of CSD.
Verne and Tanya Roberts Conservation Lab, Duke University Libraries.

Verne and Tanya Roberts Conservation Lab, Duke University Libraries.

  • Performs appropriate conservation treatments on library materials held in the Libraries’ rare and special collections in support of various workflows including those for Rubenstein Library User Services and Technical Services, the Digital Production Center, and the Exhibits Program. Scope of work includes treating primarily bound and unbound books, manuscripts and other documents on paper and vellum. Depending on the conservator’s expertise the scope may also include treating photographs, papyri, and other formats and substrates found in the collections. Documents treatments with photographs and written reports following CSD and American Institute for Conservation (AIC) guidelines and best practices.
  • Identifies items for which protective enclosures will be the most effective preservation option; constructs appropriate protective enclosures or delegates the construction of enclosures to other staff, students or volunteers.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Departmental Support and Programming Initiatives (10%)

  • Participates in planning and setting goals, managing projects and developing workflows in support of CSD priorities.
  • Assists in providing disaster recovery services for library materials.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Professional Development (10%)

  • Actively participates on appropriate Library committees, task forces or groups to meet the strategic goals of the Department and the Duke University Libraries.
  • Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest should be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Provides training, supervision and quality control for students, staff and volunteers in coordination with the department head and/or senior conservator.
  • May serve as interim supervisor in the absence of the department head and senior conservator.

Qualifications

It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.

Education:

Required: ALA-accredited MLS or Master’s degree in conservation of library and archival materials, or demonstration of a similar level of education and training required for the conservation of rare materials.

Preferred: Demonstrated record of continued education in areas relevant to this position.

Experience:

Required:

  • Minimum of three years of demonstrated experience in conservation of special collections and knowledge of current conservation principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Exceptional manual skills and a full understanding of current conservation theory, principles, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of physical and chemical mechanisms of deterioration of library materials.
  • Knowledge of conservation ethics and practices relevant to research library materials; commitment to AIC standards of practice and Code of Ethics.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and productively in a changing environment.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.

Preferred:

  • Prior experience working in an academic research library or archives.
  • Prior experience supervising conservation technicians and students.
  • Expertise in the treatment of photographic materials; works on art on paper, vellum and parchment; or similar cultural heritage materials generally found in academic libraries and university archives.
  • Experience evaluating and treating materials to prepare them for digital imaging and/or exhibitions.
  • Experience in exhibitions including preparation, installation, materials testing and environmental monitoring.
  • Teaching experience.

Job Opening: Winterthur/Univ. of Delaware

Job Posting: Book and Library Conservator – 
Winterthur Museum, Garden &Library (Winterthur, DE)

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library seeks a Book and Library Conservator at the associate to full conservator level to care for its research library collections and teach in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Art Conservation Program.

Responsibilities include preservation administration and conservation of rare and circulating library collections, loan and exhibit preparation, collaboration with Library and Conservation staff to achieve institutional preservation goals, and supervision of staff and volunteers as needed.  The Book and Library conservator also holds an appointment as affiliated faculty at the University of Delaware,
providing instruction and mentoring of students in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. The hours devoted to teaching for this position may vary from year to year, but the educational setting builds vital links to other conservation faculty, and links to graduate students from all the specialties.

Qulifications: The applicant must hold a Master’s degree in conservation or a Bachelor’s degree and equivalent experience.  Applicants should have 7 years of conservation experience with at least 5 of those years post degree or training and be a member of AIC preferably at the PA or Fellow level.  An MLIS and significant experience in a research library is desirable.

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume to Human resources, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE  19735 or email <jobs@winterthur.org>.  EOE

Job Opening: AMIGOS

Open Position: Preservation Librarian, Consultant, Trainer – Dallas, TX

Expand your impact and influence.  Amigos Library Services seeks a librarian’s librarian specializing in preservation, collections care, and disaster planning and recovery.  Provide coaching, consulting, support, advice, and instruction to all types of libraries.  Amigos offers professional growth opportunities and excellent benefits.  Pursue your passion and pass it on.

Position Summary:  Consider a highly rewarding and exciting position serving your professional colleagues. Amigos is looking for a Collections Care/Continuing Education Librarian to provide educational, consulting, and support services to enable library staff to understand and utilize appropriate collections care techniques.

Major Responsibilities:

1. Design, develop and deliver training, using technology-based and traditional educational approaches, to enable library staff to understand and utilize appropriate collections care techniques.

2. Promote and provide consulting services to libraries including site surveys, disaster preparedness, project management, and preservation services. Submit written responses to appropriate RFPs; proactively identify and develop relationships with potential customers; and utilize Amigos publications to promote expertise.

3. Through the Ask Amigos service, provide collections care and disaster planning and response support and consultations by telephone, email, and written and electronic publications.

4. Assist library staff with emergency disaster recovery, including disaster preparedness, planning, onsite assistance, vendor coordination, locating financial assistance.

5. Write collections care and disaster preparedness articles and content for Amigos newsletters and other appropriate publications.

6. Participate in outreach activities with public, academic, and special libraries in the Amigos membership.

7. Prepare statistical and narrative reports for internal files and member support and consulting.

8. Represent Amigos at state, regional, and national meetings.

Annual Salary:  $45,000 to $55,000 depending on experience

Required Education:  Master’s in Library Science from an ALA-accredited school and either a certificate of preservation or archival administration or extensive knowledge of preservation practices, principles, and issues.

Required Experience:  Three (3) years of preservation education or related professional experience; or three years experience in bookbinding or book repair and practical experience with preservation issues.

Preferred:  Professional library or archival experience in an academic or archival environment.

To apply:  Send letter of application and resume to resumes@amigos.org

Conservation Fellowship: Notre Dame Libraries

Samuel H. Kress Conservation Fellowship
Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

The Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, welcomes applications for a ten-month Advanced Conservation Fellowship, to begin September 2014. The Fellowship is an opportunity for an emerging conservation professional to build and apply the skills, experience, and confidence necessary to address conservation needs in a research library context.

Working with the Libraries’ conservator and other library staff, the Conservation Fellow will address conservation treatment needs of the Libraries’ rare books and special collections (http://rarebooks.nd.edu). The Fellow will perform treatment, including examination, decision-making and documentation; will gain experience interacting with curators on treatment selection and prioritization; and will engage in other activities suitable to the individual’s skills and learning objectives. The Fellow is encouraged to pursue research and may dedicate up to 20% of work time to research and other contributions to the profession.

The ten-month Fellowship is supported by a stipend of $36,500. Additional benefits include health insurance, paid holiday and vacation leave, and $1,500 support for conference participation and/or research. The Fellowship is generously supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, administered by the Foundation of the American Institute of Conservation.

The Fellowship is limited to graduates of graduate conservation programs in the U.S. and Canada, or to U.S. citizens graduating from graduate-level conservation programs abroad. Qualifications include a strong knowledge of the history, manufacture, and chemistry of books and paper; understanding of conservation ethics and preservation theory; excellent hand skills and attention to detail; demonstrated written and oral communication skills; effective interpersonal and team collaboration skills; and the ability to manage time effectively.

To apply, please include a letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three references. Please submit all application documents electronically to Michelle Savoie, Senior Personnel Operations Coordinator: michelle.savoie@nd.edu. Review of applications will begin July 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Opening: Texas A&M

Texas A&M University Libraries seeks a creative, energetic, and dynamic professional to join the Texas A&M University Libraries as a Conservator. This clinical-track academic appointment carries a full faculty status with responsibilities including professional service to meet both the Libraries’ and the University’s requirements for promotion.

The Conservator is responsible for the management of the Texas A&M University Libraries conservation program for both special collections/archives and general collections under the direction of the Preservation Librarian. Duties will include aiding in the staffing, space, equipment, and supply needs for a new conservation lab/preservation facility. The Conservator will perform conservation treatments on collection materials and prepare materials for digitization and exhibits, make treatment decisions and prioritizations, and develop workflows for the delivery of materials to and from the conservation lab. The Conservator will educate on and raise awareness of conservation issues and concerns with the Libraries’ faculty and staff as well as work with the Preservation Librarian on outreach to the campus and community. The individual will participate in committees, including the University Libraries disaster recovery team, and administrative groups, as appropriate.

For additional information and instruction on how to apply, click here.

The full position description can be found here:

Applications received by June 19, 2014 will be given first consideration.

Julie Mosbo
William and Susan Ouren Preservation Librarian Preservation
Texas A&M University Librariesu

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