Job Opening: Dartmouth College Conservation Dept.

Position Vacancy: Dartmouth College Library

Assistant Conservator

Dartmouth College Library is seeking a collaborative and proactive Assistant Conservator to become an integral part of Preservation Services in support of their mission to conserve the Library’s physical collections.  In coordination with the Library’s Collections Conservator, the Assistant Conservator assists in the management of the daily workflow and production in the Conservation Lab.  The Assistant Conservator will perform conservation treatments on rare and special collection material ranging from simple to complex; develop and implement procedures and guidelines to manage work flow for material involved in digital production projects; assist in training practicum students and conservation interns; assist as consultant in exhibit preparedness for library materials.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Performs conservation treatment on rare and unique library materials, generally those requiring individual treatment. Materials include: books, manuscripts, albums, maps, and other flat work. Digital liaison for collection treatment workflow; accountable for treatments, developing and overseeing conservation workflow for all material needing treatment before and/or after digitizing; plans and coordinates projects with Collections Conservator, Special Collections staff, and the digital production team.

RANK AND SALARY: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Full benefits package including 22 vacation days; comprehensive health care; retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; and relocation assistance.

QUALIFICATIONS: Qualifications and further information are available at the Dartmouth employment web site:  position # 0111201

GENERAL INFORMATION: Founded in 1769 and located in scenic Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth is a private, four-year, coeducational undergraduate college with graduate schools of business, engineering and medicine and 16 graduate programs in the arts and sciences. Dartmouth’s mission is to educate the most promising students and to prepare them for a lifetime of learning and of responsible leadership, through a faculty dedicated to teaching and the creation of knowledge. At the heart of Dartmouth College is one of the oldest research libraries in the United States. Nine libraries distributed across various academic centers, house the 3.4 million volume collection and provide access to a rich array of digital resources supported by a technically robust network environment. The Library’s mission is to foster intellectual growth and advance the teaching and research missions of the College by supporting excellence and innovation in education and research, managing and delivering scholarly content, and partnering in the development and dissemination of new scholarship.

APPLICATION: Review of applications will begin as of August 24, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants chosen for an onsite interview will be expected to bring a portfolio of work. For the complete job description and to apply online go to: and reference position # 0111201

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


The Importance of Library and Archives Conservation (and Why We Should Continue Training Library and Archives Conservators)

By Beth Doyle, Collections Conservator

Conservation is at the core of my library’s mission to “acquire, organize, preserve, and deliver information resources and assist users in their effective use.”1 Every day we provide collection materials to students, scholars, historians and the public. Students certainly come to find information to fulfill assignments but researchers also come to find their family histories, facts for legal arguments, health and scientific information, or background material for their great American novel. Of course our patrons not only come to use our physical collections, they use our digital collections from their dorms, offices, homes and even the coffee shop down the street.

The conservation staff is critical to our mission to provide access to and preserve our collections both in their original forms and in their digital surrogates. If we place any value on the history and information contained in our collections then we must also place a value on the education and employment of conservation librarians. Our goal as librarians and as conservators is to put collections in the hands of people who want to use them, to help make connections between ideas and people who will take those ideas and create new and wonderful things. We are here to make sure that happens today, tomorrow, and decades from now. Continue reading